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BMW Releases First Mass-Production Electric Car

BMW Releases First Mass-Production Electric Car

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The mass-production electric car market is about to get more competitive, thanks to the launch of the 2014 BMW i3 this week.

The i3, which is expected to retail for a base price of $41,350 (before incentives) when it is released in the US in Q2 of 2014, offers a driving range of up to 100 miles on its 170 hp electric motor, with a 3 hour charge time (for 220V 32A charges).

Featuring a 22 kWh Li-Ion battery and the option for a gas-powered range extender (for charging, not locomotion), the i3 could be a serious contender for the all-electric market, right alongside the Volt and the Leaf.

“The hybrid synchronous electric motor, which weighs only 110 lbs., is developed and produced specially by the BMW Group for use in the BMW i3, with maximum revs of 11,400 rpm, generates an output of 170 hp and outputs maximum torque of 184 lb-ft on tap from the moment the car pulls away. That’s propels the 2,700 lb car from 0-30mph in 3.5 seconds, 0-60mph in approximately 7.2 seconds, and to an electronically limited top speed of 93 mph (preliminary USA figures). Much like engine braking with a manual transmission, but even more effective, the accelerator pedal also acts as a brake when the driver lifts off the accelerator.” – BMW

The i3 can also be configured with an optional fast charging system capable of delivering an 80% charge in just 20 minutes, and a full charge in just half an hour.

According to BMW, this is not just another electric car:

“The i3 is more than just a car. It’s a revolutionary step towards sustainable mobility. It is purpose-built around an electric power train to serve the needs of our megacity customers.” – Norbert Reithofer, chairman of the board of management of BMW

Find out more at BMW.

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