When the BMW i3 finally goes on sale they are certain to have a hit on their hands, this is because there has already been a significant number of reservations, meaning BMW i3 sales will be very positive indeed. In all, 100,000 people have registered their interest, with many of them having already paid a deposit, 6,000 of which are in the UK alone.
What we find more remarkable about this report, is the fact that the final BMW i3 price has yet to be finalized, although we expect it to be around the $40,000 figure, or a little less with the federal tax dedication. For the same money you could get yourself an BMW 3-Series, but then they will not look as unique as the i3.
Okay, we know that the BMW i3 will be more expensive than the Nissan Leaf, but putting the two together, I know which one I would choose. The BMW i3 range is said to be about 99 miles, which is a little further than the Leaf, but would you be prepared to pay more for the extra range and the improved styling and construction?
BMW has said they are very confidant that the i3 and i8 will sell very well, and their future success looks very bright, as battery technology will improve over the next 3 to 4 years. There will also be more charging stations, as the popularity for electric vehicles grow.
We don’t have a specific BMW i3 release date just yet, but we do know it will be towards the end of the year following an appearance of the final production version at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Update: Autoblog Green took the report out of context a little, because that figure of 100,000 reservations were not for people wanting a BMW i3, but rather those who have put their name down to test one.
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