In the final week before this year’s Los Angeles International Auto Show, where the BMW i3 and BMW i8 will be on display, BMW of North America has announced the partnerships and programs comprising its 360º Electric portfolio. Available in early 2014, 360º Electric is a portfolio of consumer-oriented offerings designed to overcome commonly perceived barriers to purchasing an electric vehicle.
360º Electric encompasses products for home and public charging, assistance services, and flexible mobility. Moreover, BMW has partnered with experts in the field of electric mobility to provide its customers the best solutions available on the market so as to optimize their overall EV driving experience. Therefore, not only will 360º Electric allow for a convenient and easy transition to electric driving, but it … CONTINUED
The BMW i3 will be available in Germany and selected European markets from the 16 November. The first customers from Germany collected their cars from the BMW Welt in Munich a day earlier. The keys were formally presented by Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW and Roland Krüger, Senior Vice President, Head of Sales and Marketing Germany for the BMW Group, in a special ceremony. The head of the Bavarian State Chancellor’s Office and State Minister for Federal Affairs and Special Tasks, Christine Haderthauer, and Member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE, Oliver Bäte, were also among the first BMW i customers.
“Today marks a milestone in the history of the BMW Group, as … CONTINUED
Feature videos for the BMW i3 and i brand.
Auto Express reviews the BMW i3 electric car and we’ve post a new photo gallery below.
The production BMW i3 recently had its first press drives in Amsterdam and the reviews are beginning to roll in. First up is a video review by Ausfahrt.tv
And what did Car & Driver think about the i3? Here are some highlights.
The i3 doesn’t stray very far at all from what makes most BMWs great; it simply carries those principles into a new realm.
There’s no appreciable feedback from the (of course) electric power steering, but it is nonetheless very quick and precise. On our first pass through a tight slalom course, we clipped two cones because we were unprepared for the i3’s quick turn-in behavior. The car is wonderfully balanced and neutral, right up until its spindly 155/90R19s lose their grip. There’s no off switch … CONTINUED
Jeremy Clarkson has published his list of the top 100 cars of 2013, and the BMW i3 has placed first, i8 second, and the 3 Series second, in their respective categories of Electric Cars/Hybrids, Supercars, and Family/Estate Cars.
The other three BMW models to crack the 100 list were the 7 Series (8th place in Executive category), the 5 Series (10th place in the Executive category) and the X3 (9th place in SUV category).
So far so good for the i3. BMW has over 8,000 orders and it’s not even in showrooms yet:
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW), the world’s biggest maker of luxury vehicles, is considering a production increase for the i3 electric car after early demand for the model exceeded the automaker’s expectations.
Customers have reserved more than 8,000 of the compact city car, which will cost $41,350 in the U.S., even before the battery-powered model hits European showrooms next month, Chief Financial Officer Friedrich Eichiner said late yesterday.
“If demand holds, which is what it’s looking like, we will soon have to invest more,” he said at a press conference in Amsterdam. BMW expects to sell more than 10,000 of the i3 next year and “will adjust capacity … CONTINUED
A BMW i3 was fully charged in under 30-minutes today at the first-ever public charging station in the US to offer the SAE Combo-Charging fast charging system. The public charging station is located at the Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego, CA. The optional fast charging system will enable the BMW i3 driver to charge their EV from a standard 110 volt outlet with a cord set, a 220 volt charging wallbox or public charging station and also from a DC Fast Charging public charging station all from the same charging inlet.
“The start of the public DC Combo Fast Charging Infrastructure installations in the US is a great base for the US launch of the new BMW i3, because it will offer our customers the … CONTINUED
Watch the entire production process behind the production of the BMW i3 electric car, as well as the ceremony held to celebrate the first one to roll off the assembly line at the Leipzig plant.