With a week to go before the global debut of the BMW i3, BMW has announced pricing for its first-ever production electric vehicle. The all-electric version of the i3 goes on sale in the second quarter of next year with a starting price of $41,350 (*not including $925 for destination nor any applicable government tax credits).

Some of the pricing elements for the i3 that BMW continues to withhold are the cost of the model using a gasoline motorcycle engine as a range-extending generator, or that of the DC Fast Charge option. This latter feature will allow the i3's depleted lithium-ion battery pack to get an 80 percent charge in just 20 minutes; for comparison's sake, the DC quick charge feature is a $750 option on the 2014 Chevy Spark EV.

Sure, we've already driven the BMW i3, but the production version of the BMW EV – promising the interior space of a BMW 3 Series – will be unveiled next week at simultaneous ceremonies in New York, London and Beijing. Scroll down for BMW's brief press blast regarding its upcoming i3.
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BMW i3 Pricing Announced.

US Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price just $41,350

The Ultimate Driving Machine® in a new era of sustainability

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – 3:00 am EDT/12:00 am PDT July 22, 2013... BMW today announced pricing for the ground-breaking BMW i3 electric vehicle. The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (without Destination & Handling) in the US will be $41,350, before any federal or state incentives. The Destination & Handling fee in the US is currently $925.

"The BMW i3 heralds the dawn of a new era for individual mobility and for the BMW Group. True to a genuine BMW, the BMW i3 has strong emotional appeal, outstanding product substance and a guarantee of sheer driving pleasure," said Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management, Sales and Marketing BMW. "With this leading-edge vehicle and attractive price, we will provide customers with a compelling offer for electromobility."

The BMW i3's 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque hybrid-synchronous electric motor, developed and produced by BMW, is electrified by a 22-kWh lithium-ion battery, good for 80-100 miles of emission-free driving. Designed from the ground up to be an electric car, the BMW i3 uses the Industry's first mass produced carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) passenger cell mounted on an aluminum chassis.

The BMW i3 will offer interior space comparable to the legendary BMW 3 Series on a shorter overall body. Its 32.3-foot turning circle and a relatively long wheelbase make it agile and engaging to drive, yet ideally suited to driving in dense urban areas.

Quick and convenient charging is possible either with the home charging station supplied by BMW i or at any public charging station that uses a Level 2 SAE J1772 charging system. DC fast charging, using the SAE DC Combo-Fast Charger, will be available as an option. From a public fast-charging station, it will provide an 80 percent charge from a fully depleted battery in just 20 minutes.

BMW i's commitment to sustainable urban mobility encompasses the i3 production facilities, where hydro-electric, wind and solar power are used to power the CFRP production facilities in Moses Lake, Washington and the Leipzig, Germany assembly line. Sustainable materials are also used for the BMW i3 interior upholstery and trim.

The BMW i3 will make its world debut at three simultaneous events in New York, London and Beijing on Monday, July 29. It will arrive in US showrooms in the second quarter of 2014.

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group's global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 119 MINI passenger car dealers, and 34 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group's sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

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      First, why can't we get some pics of this car without camo already? Seems silly at this point to still be showing it with that thong-bikini of a disguise. Second, 41k seems like a lot for this car. I know, it's on par wight the Volt and its a BMW, but that's before range extender and other options. I wouldn't be surprised if it gets pretty close to $50k out the door. Considering the base Tesla costs ust over 60 and is a lot more car for the money, it's going to be a tough sell at that price. $40k should be the fully options price, not the starting price.
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          Anders, the motorcycle engine IS the range extender, and in what way is that a necessary option? I wouldn't want gasoline anywhere near any vehicle I drive. Leather as a "necessary option" is laughable as well. You do know what the word "option" means, right?
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      My guess is the range extender will add $3-4k. Believe I read that elsewhere. And if this follows standard BMW pricing practice, $41k gets you a base model with very few bells and whistles. So, as waetherman said earlier, expect $50k for a range extender model nicely equipped. That will slot it mid way between a fully loaded Volt and probably the Cadillac ELR, which I am thinking will be close to $60k fully loaded. The BMW range extender doesn't add as much range as the GM Voltec platform does. So that leaves buyers with an interesting option. Mid way between a Chevy and Caddy you can get a BMW with less range and more boxy styling. Will that sell? And at what volume?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice reasonable price, BMW. It will be real interesting to see if this car sells.
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      It's important to note that delivery in the US isn't starting until Q2 2014.
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      Ok you can take those fking stickers off now.
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      Styling is a very subjective preference, but I like the BMW i3 ! It took BMW a while, but eventually BMW produced a real winner. The addition of the small range extender option makes this a far more practical vehicle for many owners. The BMW badge and quality finish, should provide a powerful incentive to those wanting to buy an EV with style. It's very exciting to witness the rapid progress over the last decade, from the first strange little offerings, Buddy, G-Whiz, Th!nk etc, only a few years ago. Today, EV buyers can now select between a number of high quality marques, with some really good choices available. It can only get better from here.
      • 2 Years Ago
      What's the deal with leaving the crazy 'camo' on a small portion of the car and then allowing hi-res promotional photos to be taken of it. Are we supposed to be fooled? Is it code for 'this is not final?' is it code for ' you all know this is coming, but we're waiting for the autoshow?' Who is that masked car, anyway?
        • 2 Years Ago
        i have a feeling they're gonna run some kinda of clear panel all the way around, or some kinda glowing BS
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      With one week to go I'm running out of time to ask, "what can they possibly be hiding under that camo?" This has to be one of the most heavily disguised beltlines ever for a car where just about every other stylistic element is revealed.
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      After living with a vehicle with rear suicide doors, I will never make that mistake again. They trap your rear passengers in the vehicle and trap you in parking lots. Please stop designing them into cars.
      Ryan C. Lawson
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      Ahh! Maybe it is not camo! Maybe it's just James May?
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      Hideous. I'd rather have a Tesla.
      Peder Norby
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      Bravo to BMW! In California the i3 will begin at a net cost of $31,350. BMW has always said it would be comparable to a mid to high range BMW 3 series and less than a 5 series. Not only did they hit their mark, it is lower than the MSRP of the least expensive 3 series. Amazing accomplishment for a car that redefines completely the composition and materials used to construct an automobile. One more time….Bravo BMW! 2013 BMW 3 series price: MSRP: $32,550 – $68,750 2013 BMW 5 series price: MSRP: $47,800 – $70,100 Cheers Peder 85,000 miles of sunshine powered driving
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        @Peder Norby
        Yea, someone else gets it !!!! Crazy impressive car, I don't care about the polarizing styling.
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        @Peder Norby
        You forgot to count the delivery charge. $32,275 lowest net cost. Still cheaper than the cheapest 3-series which is $32,550 MSRP plus $925 destination, for $33,475.
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