BMW’s pioneering i3 electric vehicle is shaping up to be one of the most exciting EVs of 2013. It employs BMW’s trademark sporty rear wheel drive which helps it stand out from the rest of the electric vehicle crowd.
The BMW i3 is also a fresh start – its a completely designed electric vehicle chassis, not a modified gasoline chassis, and it uses exotic lightweight materials to save weight and maximize range. All of this adds up to 1250 kg, which is significantly lighter than the 1567 kg Nissan Leaf.
BMW recently invited a few select journalist into the northern winter wonderland known as BMW’s Munich-Ismaning proving ground to ride along on a drive in the i3 electric vehicle. By all reports, the acceleration and ride was excellent, but it will be at least mid-summer before journalists themselves get to drive the i3.
BMW did tell journalists they have tooled up their factory to produce 30,000 cars a year, and can extend that to 50,000 per year if the i3 really takes off. Other tidbits of information released was that sales of the BMW i3 would start in November of 2013, and it will cost around €40,000 in Europe, with an additional €3000 if you choose for the 2-cylinder range extender.