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2014 BMW i3 Range-Extender Model Starts at $46,125


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Just the Facts:
  • The electric 2014 BMW i3 range-extender model starts at $46,125, reflecting a $3,850 premium over the base model.
  • BMW anticipates that most U.S. customers will opt for the range-extending gasoline engine.
  • The optional gas engine is expected to ease range anxiety.

WOODCLIFF LAKE, New Jersey — The electric 2014 BMW i3 range-extender model starts at $46,125, including a $925 destination charge, reflecting a $3,850 premium over the base model.

The base 2014 BMW i3 starts at $42,275, including a $925 destination charge and before any federal or state tax credits. The i3, a five-passenger, five-door, rear-wheel-drive hatchback will go on sale here in the second quarter of 2014.

BMW announced pricing on the range-extender model on Thursday. The option was expected to start around $2,000.

BMW anticipates that most U.S. customers will opt for the range-extending gasoline engine. The EPA has not released official range or efficiency ratings for the 2014 i3.

The optional gas engine is expected to ease range anxiety. The range extender is a 650cc two-cylinder engine currently used in BMW's C650 motor scooter.

The vehicle has an 80-100-mile range strictly on battery power and another 80-100 miles when the optional gasoline engine kicks in, acting as a generator to charge the batteries.

Edmunds says: The range-extender option is more expensive than originally anticipated, but something that can provide peace of mind to buyers.

Comments

  • Having to include a 'range extender' just shows that the technology that BMW is bringing is already long out of date. Do they not see what Tesla is already selling?

  • sranger sranger Posts:

    I do not believe this shows that it is out of date in any way. The 80-100 mile EV range is typical of what is possible in any EV today under $50K. Sure the Tesla Model S can go 200-250 mile,but it also cost at least $28K more than the i3. BMW could have given it more range, but it would have started in the $70K range and had to be a bigger car to hold the larger battery pack just like the Models S.... It was designed to be exactly what it is.... A city commuter car... A quick look at the battery efficient shows this... Models S 60Kwhr = 200 miles or 300whr/mile... i3 22Kwhr = 100 miles or 220whr/mile... So the i3 is significantly more efficient mainly due to the light weight...

  • Explaining away range deficiency by saying 'it's a city commuter car' doesn't play in 2013. For electric cars to be viable, they need to be able to go beyond the city. $50K for a limited range vehicle is DOA.

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