BMW's All-Electric BMW i3 Set for Late 2013 Arrival

Posted on March 26, 2013

Photo of BMW i3 Concept Coupe

BMW's all-electric BMW i3 vehicle is set to come onto the market by the end of this year. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, said in a release they company has already received several hundred advance orders.

BMW says the i3 will be about 550 to 660 pounds lighter than a conventional electric car. The lightweight car features a a carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) passenger compartment and aluminum chassis. It has a range of about 95 miles.

BMW has dubbed the car its "megacity vehicle." The company believes large cities will ultimately have to use zero-emission drive technology to reduce pollution. Reithofer says, "In the medium term, real megacities have no choice but to encourage the use of alternative drive systems."

BMW also recently released this introduction to the i3. Take a look:

The i3 was first introduced as a concept car at the 2012 New York International Auto Show.

Photo: BMW
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