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


  • 2014 BMW i3 Picture

    2014 BMW i3 Picture

    The electric 2014 BMW i3 range-extender model starts at $46,125. | October 11, 2013

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.

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