BMW today announced its highly anticipated i3 electric car will be available in Germany and other select European markets starting tomorrow. The first customers on the automaker’s home turf have taken possession of their i3s already from the BMW Welt in Munich. These customers included government and private sector officials.
As we reported back in July, BMW’s first serial electric vehicle is coming to the United States in the second quarter of next year. It will also be coming to Japan, China and South Korea around the same time after first hitting all over Europe. The kickoff of the i3 this weekend in Germany comes as Tesla Motors pushes into its rival’s primary market with its Model S.
Specifications of the i3 include a maximum driving range of between 80 to 100 miles; a 170-hp, 184 lb-ft hybrid-synchronous electric motor with max. revs of 11,400 rpm; a 22 kWh lithium-ion battery; 0 to 60 miles per hour in around seven seconds; an optional gasoline powered range extender; top speed of 93 miles per hour and a fast charging time of three hours.
The automaker said it will also offer for i3 owners what’s called a “comprehensive 360 Electric product and service package.” This includes items such as
the BMW i Wallbox Pure for rapid vehicle charging at home; extensive ConnectedDrive functions in the car itself for smart phones; as well as the ChargeNow card, which assures drivers unlimited access to public charging infrastructure on the go.
“Today marks a milestone in the history of the BMW Group, as we hand over our first BMW i premium electric vehicle to customers. In doing so, we are bringing sustainable mobility to the roads,” said Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW, in a statement.