BMW i3/i8 Account For Over 9% Of Automaker’s Passenger Car Sales In U.S. In September

OCT 4 2015 BY MARK KANE 12

BMW i3 sales in US - September 2015

BMW i3 sales in US – September 2015

The BMW i3 with the new color Fluid Black

The BMW i3 with the new color Fluid Black

InsideEVs contributor Peder Norby drew attention to the BMW i3 sales surge last month in the US to a record high of 1,710.

The previous record was achieved in October 2014 at 1,159.

Together with 182 i8s, BMW lands at 1,892, so far its best single-month sales mark for plug-in electric cars. According to Peder:

“BMW just crushed its all time sales record for the BMW i3!

Consider this, nearly 10% of all BMW passenger cars sold had a plug in September and the BMW i3 out sold every single Mini model.

This percentage will grow with more PHEV variants on the way. 

BRAVO BMW”

BMW i8 sales in US - September 2015

BMW i8 sales in US – September 2015

BMW i8 at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show

BMW i8 at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show

Well, when we did the math, it turned out that “nearly 10%” out of 20,242 passenger BMWs wasn’t yet achieved, but a strong 9.3% (8.4% for i3 and 0.9% for i8) brings us to the “over 9%” for the brand, which is quite an achievement.

Maybe even a record for all high-volume, established brands, aside from Tesla.

BMW increased its September passenger car sales by 6.6% year-over-year, so we could say that, only thanks to the i3 and i8, the German brand managed to grow.

BMW i3 + i8 sales in US - September 2015

BMW i3 + i8 sales in US – September 2015

BMW Sales

BMW Sales

Hat Tip to InsideEVs contributor Peder Norby!!!

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12 Comments on "BMW i3/i8 Account For Over 9% Of Automaker’s Passenger Car Sales In U.S. In September"

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BMW, put a 33Kwh pack in the i3 and I’ll buy 2.

Fantastic news. It’s great to see an automaker like BMW get involved with EVs the way they have.

With GM’s 200 mile Bolt EV a year away and Tesla’s Model 3 (at least) 2 years away, I have to believe that BMW is looking to increase the range of the I3. Or add a 200 mile EV to their line-up soon.

Indeed.. Although the i3 will run circles around the Leaf in performance, when comparing the BEV versions of the two cars, the Leaf’s new 107 mile range makes the i3 look undesirable. Although the Rex version shouldn’t be too badly affected. Interesting enough, if BMW can also increase the i3’s range to over 100 miles, then that means they can also allow for a little bit larger gas tank, giving the car a total range of over 200 miles.

They had a car with a 35kwh pack in 2008. It was called a Mini E and all of us electronauts loved ours and hating giving them up.

Just think how many they would sell if every BMW dealer was a I brand dealer. It seems in Canada only half of the BMW dealerships sell the I cars.

No where near half. Almost 50 BMW dealers across Canada, but only 7 i Dealers

And until recently only 1 in the province that buys 50% of all EV in Canada. (A new i Certified center in Quebec city was just added, where 3 DCFC charger sit at 50km of the dealer)

BMW Canada need to wake up and do much better

Oh and Yes, these numbers are important not just for us, fans of the i3, but also for dealers on the fringe wondering they can recoup the investment of becoming an i3 center and supporting i3 inventory.

And to think people STILL keep accusing BMW i3 of being a compliance car…

In the chart is YTD Sept.2015 vs YTD Aug.2014
Is it a mistake?

Yes, it is a typo (BMW produced chart) that should read YTD Sept.2015 – numbers are correct though, (=

I thought anything over nine was nearly ten…Sot of like marriage, anything over 10 is almost 20.

Cheers!