BMW i8 to be Unveiled in India at New Delhi Auto Expo 2014 in February – BMW Sets Aside 8 i8s for India – i3 Won’t be Sold There

JAN 16 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 6

BMW i8 - Only 8 Will Be Made Available for India

BMW i8 – Only 8 Will Be Made Available for India

BMW of India will wheel out its i8 plug-in hybrid at the New Delhi Auto Expo in February ahead of its official Indian launch in late 2014 or early 2015.

BMW i8

BMW i8

BMW is expected to price the i8 at approximately INR 1.5 crores (~$240,000 US) in India.

Yes, it’s expensive and, as such, BMW predicts that sales in India will be extremely low.  So low that the German automaker is only setting aside 7 or 8 for the first year of sales in India.

Will the i3 be unveiled at the New Delhi Auto Expo?  Most likely no, according to reports.  BMW says that the lack of a charging infrastructure in India makes the i3 unsuitable for sale there.

If the infrastructure gets built up at some point in the future, then perhaps the i3 will go on sale in India, but as of right now BMW is only keen on selling the i8 there and only in extremely limited volume.

Source: Indian Autos Blog

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6 Comments on "BMW i8 to be Unveiled in India at New Delhi Auto Expo 2014 in February – BMW Sets Aside 8 i8s for India – i3 Won’t be Sold There"

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i am from India. india need more electric cars and ahave a high potential than any other country , people are highly worried about the fuel prices and many of them have their eys on solar power. but the poiint is ..till the cost of these become affordable to the common man then only its improve the sales …..for cars it must be close to 5000 us dollars in india,more than 75 % is small cars and their is a high potential for electric bikes have a 200 km range with 3000 usd . i hope the costs reduces very fast ie, in the next 10 yrs we are heavily depend on the oil.its hurt indian economy and life of people

Nissan Leaf is affordable

Not for most Indians it ain’t. Look up the per-capita GDP.

Besides, as Arone writes, kei-like cars are extremely popular there. And perhaps before anything else, electrify all the auto-rikshaw fleet. Should be easier to do.

Maybe an Indian company should build a Twizy-like NEV, with doors, and offer it with rented batteries (also). That should keep the cost around (or even below?) $5000, and the savings on gasoline (vs electricity) should (more than) compensate the rental costs.

Also, if useful, batteries might be swap-enabled (by hand, like for some Chinese EVs).

Is there any such offer, currently, there?

In India we have a car named as Mahindra E2o. Its a 4 seater but fugly like Leaf. Cost is around 10,000-12,000 USD with a range of 60 miles. I just read a great review from one of the user in pluginindia (@ Moderator: Please remove this sentence if this violates the policy)
But i do agree that companies need to make few other models as well for the choice/competition. Apparently Maruti Suzuki and Tata are also making hybrid vehicles.

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