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The electric vehicle market continues to grow, and BMW is going to be a major part of that expansion. The 1 Series-based Active E will be arriving soon, with a per-month lease rate of $499 and $2,250 due at signing. Following the release of the Active E, the BMW i3 will head to market sometime in 2013 with a reported sticker price of around $35,000.

The rear-wheel-drive i3 is powered by a 150-horsepower electric motor and a battery system that will reportedly offer drivers a range of up to 160 miles. Besides being a premium compact EV, the BMW i3 is also an adept drifter in the snow. Keep your eyes peeled come auto show season, because a non-camouflaged version is bound to show up soon.


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      bonehead
      • 3 Years Ago
      personally im waiting for the i5 and i7 with the sandybridgestone tires
      zamafir
      • 3 Years Ago
      If BMW managed to meet the price and range posted here I'd be nothing short of astounded beyond belief. I know the Moses Lake facility was deliberately designed to help reduce CF costs and increase production, but that price and range seem a bit too good to be true with current tech. I'll keep my fingers crossed. If BMW delivers on these rumors I'm sold.
      sp33dklz
      • 3 Years Ago
      IF!... IF, this vehicle comes to fruition with those stats and price, say bye bye Volt. And don't give me that "range anxiety" BS. They are both being marketed as green, plug-in, premium compacts. Hmm, $40,000 BMW or $40,000 Chevy....
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      $35k for a 160 mile range would be the best deal in the electric car segment. It being a BMW would sweeten the deal further. Makes you wonder how much Nissan, Ford, GM etc could cut off the price of their cars if BMW can put out an EV for this price. I suppose i'll wait until i see it.
      Jeff C
      • 3 Years Ago
      GO BMW...Please give us something better than the Nissan Leaf. I've driven the Leaf and am unimpressed. I couldn't stand to drive a Leaf everyday, which is exactly what I need it for. Nissan can't seem to catch up with reservations anyway. The BMW, i know for sure will be able to navigate some twisty roads!
      throwback
      • 3 Years Ago
      35k? I'll believe it when i see it. This car is supposed to be carbon fiber intensive and it's a BMW, I will be shocked if this thing is as cheap as a Leaf.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Kuro Houou
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is there some type of secret clause when making an EV that they all have to be ugly. BMW should just keep the camouflage on this thing. Why not just modify a 128 coupe and make that a EV?
        BeatCrazy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        They already did, it's called the ActiveE http://www.bmw.com/com/en/insights/technology/efficientdynamics/phase_1/concept_active_e.html The new i3 will be lighter and even more efficient.
        Tuga
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        They already have. It's the Active E that is mentioned in the article.
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ugly as homemade sin. Looks more like an i1 rather than i3. Or iMini. I wouldn't drive this car if I was paid to.
      Tuga
      • 3 Years Ago
      Any news on a range extender version?
      sumfoo1
      • 3 Years Ago
      It would be awesome to have an electric car and plug into the public power at my condo lol.
      daewootech
      • 3 Years Ago
      WTF?
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