BMW i3 Caught In The Wild, Sort Of

MAR 25 2013 BY JAY COLE 6

Some times, a picture says it all.

In the above shot floating around the interwebs today, we get a good look at what appears to be the first production-ready spy shot of the front of the BMW i3.  We use the term “spy shot” loosely in this case, as there just happens to be a fellow blocking the field of view with a 4′ x 8′ piece  of panelling, and no other shots seem to be available.

BMW i3 Coupe Concept Shown Here With 20" Wheels

BMW i3 Coupe Concept Shown Here With 20″ Wheels

Still, we will take what we can get.

The BMW i3 will be coming to market this fall, with the first delivery to take place November 16th, 2013.  The i3 has an all-electric range of about 150 km (93 miles) and will have an available extended range option that will had a small engine generator in the back, expanding the total range to 200 miles.

BMW says they already have several hundred advance-orders, and the car is expected to have a starting MSRP in the mid-40s.


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Not that I don’t believe BMW when they say they have “several hundred pre-orders”, but how in the world are they doing that? What’s their secret? When Ford Focus EV, Mitsu iMiev, Honda Fit EV, and Rav4 EV, all added together barely equals several hundred in an average month, how does BMW get several hundred pre-orders for a car not even available yet. I mean, these people haven’t actually seen, rode, or even driven these BMW’s yet. Assuming BMW is being truthful, (and I have no reason to believe they aren’t)that speaks pretty well for them.

Hi Schmeltz,
these are not pre-orders! These are only reservations for the first places in the production, which starts in November. Then BMW will make a offer und then one can decide to order or not.
Best regards
Gery (from Germany)

Ok thank you Gery. I believe BMW will make compellling EV’s when they finally become available.

I bet this is from a photo shot for the i3. Maybe the two boards are for green screening?

This is definitely not the grey/black concept i3, if you compare the headlights and wheels they are different. I bet there are 4 solid doors behind the panels as well…

Also remember for BMW customers $40k (£30k) is an entry level purchase. They are used to spending a lot more on a car …… so its not seen as such a risk.
The issue as far as I can see are the brands currently asking people to part with $40k for an EV are not brands that normally command those prices ….its a real leap of faith …. with BMW its business as usual.

It’s quite normal to buy a new $60-$80k BMW unseen and undriven .