After waiting and waiting and then waiting some more, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally issued the finalized, official figures for the BMW i3 BEV, but not the BMW i3 REx yet.

How does the BMW i3 stack up against the plug-in vehicle competition?

Here first is a look at the existing "Top Ten EPA-Rated Fuel Sippers of 2014" -

Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Automobiles For 2014 As Listed By FuelEconomy.gov

Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Automobiles For 2014 As Listed By FuelEconomy.gov

Where does the BMW i3 slot in?  Or, more appropriately, where does the pure electric version of the BMW i3 fall on the list?

BMW i3 BEV Window Sticker

BMW i3 BEV Window Sticker

BMW i3 BEV Window Sticker

BMW i3 BEV Window Sticker

The EPA numbers for the BEV BMW i3 are as follows:

138  MPGe City

111  MPGe Highway

124  MPGe Combined

So, returning to our question of "where does the electric version of the BMW i3 fall on the EPA's Top 10 list?"  How's this look for a revised list:

  1. 2014 BMW i3 BEV  124 MPGe Combined
  2. 2014 Chevy Spark EV  -  119 MPGe Combined
  3. 2014 Honda Fit EV  -  118 MPGe Combined
  4. 2014 Fiat 500e  -  116 MPGe Combined
  5. 2014 Nissan LEAF  -   114 MPGe Combined
  6. 2014 Smart Fortwo ED Cabriolet  -  107 MPGe Combined
  7. 2014 Smart Fortwo ED Coupe  -  107 MPGe Combined
  8. 2014 Ford Focus Electric  -  104 MPGe Combined
  9. 2014 Tesla Model S 60-kWh  -   95 MPGe Combined
  10. 2014 Tesla Model S 85-kWh  -   89 MPGe Combined
So, the BMW i3 BEV is the efficiency champ, but what really matter is what's its range rating?  Well, it's close to what we all expected.  Not exceptional, but not bad given its 22 kWh (18.8 kWh useable) battery pack:

81 miles of electric range

And that's that.  The BMW i3 BEV, with official EPA ratings, can now be sold to buyers in the US.  We expect first sales to occur immediately, possibly by late today or sometime tomorrow.

Hat tip to Manny Antunes!!!