BMW i3 Sales Surpass 12,000 Worldwide


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Demand Has Been Surprisingly High In The US For The BMW i3

There's The i3 REx's Tailpipe

There’s The i3 REx’s Tailpipe

Congrats to BMW on achieving 12,000 units sold globally of the BMW i3 since its launch in November 2013 in Germany:

“More than 12,000 BMW i3s have already been sold since November 2013.”

That’s according to BMW.

The automaker further states the following (typeface bolded by yours truly):

“The presence of more and more of these vehicles on the roads of cities all over the world is clear proof that it is now possible to successfully mate zero tailpipe emissions with premium-class driving pleasure, and that this groundbreaking combination is here to stay. One year after its launch, the BMW i3 is already the third best-selling all-electric automobile on the market.”

Which makes absolutely no sense to us.  What in the world is BMW trying to convey?  The REx version is not a zero tailpipe emissions vehicle and is not an all-electric automobile, but surely the REx version is included in that 12,000 units sold figure.

Is BMW trying to deceive?  Or was something lost in translation?

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The i3 Rex is still zero emission MOST of the time.

Correct. The i3 Rex is probably on gas less than any other plug-in hybrid around there. Consider it a BEV first, with an emergency back up generator that is rarely used.

So is my gas car. It only emits when I drive it.

“Is BMW trying to deceive?”

If they are, they must have learned from the electric-car deception MASTER (and we all know who THAT is)!


They must be referring to GM but the 35,852 electricity from the grid miles on my 2011 Volt would disagree! Same benefit as driving a BEV 35,852 miles.

I was thinking TOYOTA. GM never entered my mind.

BMW is by far not the 3rd most successful 100% BEV

Everybody forgets that 50% are oly BEVs, so we are talking about 6000 i3.

So what.

ZOE sold 8.500 alone in Europe in the 1st year, and is now at 18.000.

Is 18.000 ZOE not 3x more that 6.000 i3 BEV ?

Compare BEV Numbers with BEV numbers and PlugIn vs PlugIn.

Without correct Stats

1. Nissan Leaf
2. Mitsubishi iMiev
3. Tesla Model S
4. Renault ZOE
6. BMW i3 BEV


Mitsu is selling somewhere?

Worldwide, even in the U.S 🙂

Should be in the 60.000 units WW

It’s been selling in Japan since 2009

All this media attention for such a small number!

BEV numbers are unfortunately not higher yet. It’s the third best selling BEV in 2014 (behind Leaf and Tesla and infront of the Zoe).

And to make it worse the difference between the number 1-4 are basically reduced by halve between every position.

The REX is an excellent compromise in southern california where distances are long and charging stations mostly 4 or 5 mile per hour 110 volt plugins. We have about 600 miles on our i3 with about 8 miles of REX running. (Before REX ever turned on, I had to run the batteries to a point low enough that BMW Connect sent me an email to charge!) With 15.7 kw of solar panels on our hous for over 6 years and trading in our 2011, 335d, I think we’re doing our part for the environment in spite of the REX.