2014 BMW i3 To be Unveiled July 29 | Edmunds.com

2014 BMW i3 To be Unveiled July 29

Just the Facts:
  • BMW released a YouTube video announcing it will unveil the new 2014 i3 on July 29.
  • The i3 is expected to go on sale in the U.S. in early 2014.
  • Official pricing may be announced during the i3's unveiling.

MUNICH, Germany — The 2014 BMW i3 is one step closer to production as BMW turns to social media, releasing a short 53-second YouTube video announcing the July 29 unveiling of the i3. The teaser video also introduces the German word "Vorfreude," which denotes a form of anticipation for future joy.

The German automaker first debuted the i3 prototype at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show where it also introduced the high-performance hybrid i8. BMW has since kept the public updated on the progress of the production vehicle and the i sub-brand.

According to BMW, the i3's electric motor generates 168 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, allowing the electric vehicle to go from zero to 60 mph in approximately 7 seconds. BMW also claims the i3's range will be from 80-100 miles without the optional range-extender engine.

The i3 is the first BMW with a full carbon-fiber structure, which helps keep its weight down to 2,634 pounds. That's light compared to the 3,362-pound Nissan Leaf and the 3,781-pound Chevrolet Volt.

Pricing is expected to be in the low-to-mid $40,000s before a $7,500 federal tax credit. For those considering an i3, it should be noted that home charging stations are expected to start around $2,000-$3,000, and BMW does not plan to invest in public charging stations like Tesla.

Watch the live unveiling of the all-new 2014 BMW i3 electric hatchback on July 29 on the BMWi YouTube channel.

Edmunds says: The unveiling of the 2014 BMW i3 offers a glimpse at BMW's EV future strategy, including the upcoming high-performance hybrid i8.

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