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

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?