BMW’s “Born Electric” Tour Showcases i3 and i8. Makes Only Stop In US In NYC Next Month

OCT 28 2012 BY STAFF 6

Want to see the upcoming BMW i3 and i8 (at least the concept versions) in the flesh?

BMW’s worldwide “Born Electric” Tour is your best chance, as it makes its first and only stop inside the United States in New York City starting on November 13th, and running through November 18th.

2014 BMW i8 Spyder

Also in attendance will be the BMW i8 Spyder (think i8 without a roof).   Unfortunately, we will still have to wait a bit longer to see BMW’s all-new electric sedan the i4.  That car will bow at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show beginning on the 28th of November.

The BMW i world tour NYC stop is at 1095 Avenue of the Americas and will be presented under the catch-line of “The Future is Closer than You Think.” 

The event will be open to the public on Tuesday, November 13th from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. and then from Wednesday, November 14th to Sunday, November 18th from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Besides the plug-in cars, the event will feature discussions exploring the significant mobility challenges facing America’s largest cities and highlight some of the initiatives being implemented to meet those challenges.

The event will also include forward-looking discussions of other transportation issues that are likely to impact our cities in the years and decades to come.

“The greatest population increases in the future will occur in the world’s already crowded cities, which will further stress their mobility infrastructure and create a need for new vehicles and technologies that make getting around easier and more efficient,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America. “The sole purpose of BMW i is to address these issues and provide solutions that will improve personal mobility for each individual, whether it be by car or other modes of transportation.”

BMW i3 Concept

The BMW i3 will have a range somewhere between 80-100 miles , and a 0-60 mph time of around 8 seconds.  It is expected to carry a price tag of about $45,000 when it goes on sale later in 2013 (hopefully) in the US.

The BMW i8 will follow the i3 to market sometime in 2014, and is a plug-in hybrid sports car which is still expected to return almost 80 MPGe, while also scooting to 60 mph from a standstill in about 4.8 seconds.  A turbocharged, three-cylinder gasoline engine in conjunction with a electric motor powers the vehicle.


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6 Comments on "BMW’s “Born Electric” Tour Showcases i3 and i8. Makes Only Stop In US In NYC Next Month"

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Better late than never….



Ha-ha! The future… BMW’s future is GM’s and Nissan’s past.

This is like Apple introducing cut and paste in iOS. OK, a bit more important than that, but with the same arrogance.

Better late than never indeed, and the more the merrier.


Steps in the right direction is what I think, a car with 80 to 100 mile ev range, level 3 charging, and a smaller range extender option for me would be next logical step. The i3 will be the car I trade in my Volt for.


Is it the i8 Spyder or i3 Spyder? The article says i3, but the photo caption says i8?

Tom Moloughney

It’s an i8 spyder.

Jay Cole

Nice catch kdawg, I read this story myself shortly after it was published a couple times and didn’t notice the transposition. Definitely the i8 for the spyder, lol