BMW Delivers First i3 Electric Vehicles In Germany Today

NOV 15 2013 BY JAY COLE 11

First deliveries of BMW’s i3 electric vehicles happen a day earlier than promised today in Germany.

BMW Execs Show Off Some Stylish EVSE Hardware

BMW Execs Show Off Some Stylish EVSE Hardware

At a special ceremony, Ian Robertson, who is a Member of the Board of Management of BMW (along a dozen other people and dignitaries that we don’t care to mention) handed out keys to lucky new i3 owners from the BMW Welt in Munich this afternoon.

“Today marks a milestone in the history of the BMW Group, as we hand  over our first BMW i premium electric vehicle to customers. In doing  so, we are bringing sustainable mobility to the roads,” said Mr. Robertson during the presentation.

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BMW Held A Special Ceremony To Mark Their Entrance Into The Plug-In Business

Roland  Krüger, Senior Vice President, Head of Sales and Marketing Germany for the BMW Group also got in a few words and talked about the domestic release:

Lineup Of The Most Hated People In Germany As Some 10,000 Other Customers Impatiently Wait For The BMW i3s To Arrive

Lineup Of The Most Hated People In Germany As Some 10,000 Other Customers Impatiently Wait For The BMW i3s To Arrive

“Innovative vehicles need innovative distribution channels. For this  reason, the BMW i3 can now also be ordered over the phone and online.  However, the most important role in distribution is still that of our  retail partners. We are delighted to have 46 carefully chosen BMW i  agents in Germany, who are investing in the future of BMW i with us.”

BMW notes that the BMW i3 will be introduced in a large number of European markets over the new couple month.

In 2014, the BMW i3 will also be launched in the US from $41,350 (Q2 of 2014), Canada from $44,950 (H1 of 2014) Japan from ¥ 4,990,000 (April), China and Korea.

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11 Comments on "BMW Delivers First i3 Electric Vehicles In Germany Today"

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Tesla Fan

that grey one with the 20’s looks nice

Aaron

Cue Dan Fredricksen to complain about the huge EVSE.

CherylG

Kudos to BMW for bringing something unique and innovative to the table, namely the heavy use of carbon fiber in a production EV.

BMW has spoken about their battery protection, I wonder if they will provide a comparison between their battery protection design and Tesla’s. It would be interesting to see the difference and it would provide some assurances to leery customers that BMW has a robust design.

MTN Ranger

The biggest differences are 1. the battery chemistry – the electrolyte is gel suspended, 2. the battery coolant is inert, and 3. hardened metal box.

http://www.bimmerfile.com/2013/11/14/counter-steer-the-burning-question-bmw-i3-battery-protection/

George B

Please don’t forget the composition of the cathode, which could be even more relevant than some of the other design choices.

vdiv

Glückwünsche BMW!

Es ist Zeit für ein bayerisches Bier heute Abend.

Prost! 🙂

George B

Jawohl! Certainly feels like an end of an epic journey. And the beginning of a new one.

Joachim kerscher

Somebody knows here why the REx Version is coming so Many month later ?

Martin T

I think it’s production capacity at the moment.

Ian Porter

Can’t imagine there would be many people who would buy such a prestige car and not go for the Rex version given the price adder and benefit.

Phr3d

Namely 80 miles is plenty for a BEV, 80 add’l miles vs a .7 second 1-100kmh acceleration penalty. no rex 4 me, but that works since I want one yesterday, lol.
Anyone have semi-hard numbers of what 80mi = in sub-freezing environment?
I’ll skip the snow-tire penalty for now..