Report: BMW i3 to be Priced at $34,500*; Range Extender to Cost Only $2,000 Extra
Autoblog’s European correspondent (typically considered to be a position with close ties to Europe’s automakers) is reporting that the BMW i3 will have a base price of right around $34,500 when it launches in the US in January 2014.
We’re assuming that price takes into account the federal government’s $7,500 tax credit, so expect the “out-the-door” price to be more like $42,000.
It’s being reported that the range-extender option will now only add around $2,000 to the base price of $34,500 or $42,000, depending on whether or not you prefer taking the tax credit into account.
“We have been assured now that the base price, should one choose to buy and not lease in the Euro zone, is just over 35,000 euro, with some big taxes included in that price. In the US, the starting price for the fully EV plug-in version should be $34,500 or right thereabouts.”
It should be noted that all initial US inventory will see the i3 come equipped with the range extender option, which means that the first i3s to hit US shores will have a base price of somewhere around $36,500 (or $44,000 if you don’t factor in the federal tax credit).
Then there’s this last bit of info from our friends at Autoblog:
“The US is seen as the clear number one market for the i3.”
If that’s the case, then the i3 has be priced to compete with the US’ heavy EV competition.