BMW Will Roll Out Their i3 Electric Car in Late 2013
One of our favorite auto-makers is pushing the hybrid envelope with their new BMW i3, an electric-powered car made almost entirely of stain-resistant ceramic. We heard about their Born Electric Event in NYC a few months ago and they promised that they’d have something cool to show off to the DIVAS soon. They weren’t kidding.
The i3 will be BMW’s first zero emissions mass produced vehicle due to its electric powertrain, and BMW also expects to be the first company to launch a volume production vehicle on the market featuring carbon-fiber reinforced plastic to improve the vehicle’s energy consumption. Previously expected to be priced in the U.S. at around US$35,000 (€24,500), the BMW i3 will more likely be in the US$43,000 – US$50,000 (€35,000 – €40,000) range.
The automaker expects that its first series production all-electric drive vehicle will contribute to achieve an overall fleet fuel economy average of 35.5 miles per US gallon (6.63 L/100 km) by 2016, as mandated by the U.S. federal regulations. BMW expects high volume sales of the i3 to allow the company to continue selling in the U.S. several of its high-performance cars which have a low fuel economy.
We’re going to try to get one of these in to test, but until then, enjoy this video of the sexy new car complete with a throw-back Depeche Mode song for your musical enjoyment.