BMW’s pending all-electric i3 city car will reportedly sell for between 35,000-40,000 euros ($43,460-$49,670) when it goes on sale in 2014.
According to the German (language) magazine Automobilwoche the price was divulged by a source close to BMW and this fits previous reported estimates for the pending green car which is now being showcased on a tour along with its sportier i8 which will cost over 100,000 euros.
The rear-wheel-drive i3 is a four-seater with good space utilization for a small car, and powered by a lithium-ion battery supplying energy to an electric motor supplying 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet torque.
The estimated range is somewhere between 85-100 miles and sprints to 62 mph are said to be accomplished in under eight seconds.
It will also be offered with an optional range extender a la Chevy Volt, and that version will be called the REx.
Addendum for Volt fans and the merely curious
Of course BMW along with its engineering talent including Frank Weber may come along and try to outdo the Volt in some way, but for now Volt drivers are the HAPPIEST DRIVERS ON THE PLANET.
If you have your doubts, just ask GM who rounded up a bunch of Volt drivers to explain.
Have a nice weekend everyone.
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