• May 20, 2014
The first BMW i3 EVs have been delivered in the US, but in a quirk of the rules, none of them have been the range-extended versions. Long-time BMW electric vehicle driver Tom Moloughney discovered this fact the hard way. His i3 REx has been sitting at a New Jersey port for over a week and he's getting impatient.

The problem is something Moloughney calls a "Monroney Hold."

So, instead of sitting there fuming, Moloughney did a bit of research and discovered that the problem is something he calls a "Monroney Hold." He says that "the EPA certification has not been completed so BMW doesn't have a Monroney label (window sticker) to post in the window before the car leaves the port, which is required by law. The range extender option changes (shortens) the car's electric range, and also requires an official MPG rating so BMW couldn't use the same Monroney label as they did for the all electric i3." You can read more on his website, but it turns out that the story isn't so simple.

For one thing, the EPA testing has been finished. Washington State representative Chad Magendaz told Moloughney that he asked the EPA for an official statement and got the following from Linc Wehrly, Director of the Light-Duty Vehicle Center Compliance Division: "EPA tested the i3 REx and provided the results of that testing to BMW on May 13th. EPA is not aware of anything that would prevent BMW from importing the vehicles since May 13th."

Then there's the official word from BMW. Spokesman Dave Buchko told AutoblogGreen that:

We are moving as quickly as possible to release the first BMW i3 Range-Extender models to BMW i Centers. Receipt of test data from the EPA is one step, but not the final step, in the process of receiving certification from the EPA. Rules do not permit the release of vehicles for sale until EPA labels are finalized, produced and affixed to any vehicle. Barring any unforeseen delays, we expect that to happen by the end of this week.

We have never certified a vehicle like this before. We are taking every precaution to make sure that everything is done in a timely, but more importantly correct manner. In that Monroney labels cannot be produced until the EPA certification process is complete, the characterization [of a "Monroney Hold"] is not technically incorrect, but there is more to it than that, as is often true in life.

On a lighter note, BMW donated a loaded i3 to Brad Pitt's Make It Right charity foundation as a fundraiser. Read about that below.
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BMW Donates BMW i3 All-Electric Vehicle to Brad Pitt's Make It Right Gala.

20.05.2014

New Orleans, LA – May 20, 2014... An all-electric, zero emission BMW i3 was donated to Make It Right, the charity that builds green homes, buildings and communities for people in need, for the raffle at its 2014 Gala on Saturday, May 17. Make It Right founder Brad Pitt and presenter Sandra Bullock led the pledges and announced the recipient of a new BMW i3, worth $55,000.

Currently available in the U.S., every element of the BMW i3 promotes sustainability. The BMW i3 is created using solar and wind power. It is the first mass-produced vehicle made primarily of carbon fiber reinforced plastic, resulting in an electric car that is strong and lightweight. The interior is made with high quality renewable materials like recycled plastics, responsibly forested eucalyptus wood, plant fibers and olive leaf extract. The BMW i3 was recently named the World Green Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year.

Make It Right has built 100 environmentally friendly homes, designed by some of the world's top architects, in the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans since it was founded in 2007. The funds raised from Saturday's gala will be used to build more Make It Right homes in New Orleans, Kansas City, Newark and the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana.

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 339 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 119 MINI passenger car dealers, and 35 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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      David
      • 7 Months Ago
      Wah, wah, wah! I've been waiting six months to buy a loaded Kia Forte5, fully-loaded, with a manual transmission -- and counting!!
        danfred311
        • 7 Months Ago
        @David
        You brought that on yourself :)
          David
          • 7 Months Ago
          @danfred311
          Well, sadly in our stupid market, there isn't a single other equally-loaded hatchback with manual transmission that I can even consider buying. Compare them point for point: nothing. Mazda's is too stupid to include manual in the 3, except the base models, you know everyone else. The Ford Focus is an option, but not until the 2015 model because until they fixed it for next year's model, the interior is awful, as is Sync. Go ahead with your suggestions. I'm all ears. The new Volkswagen Golf? The only comparable one is the Autobahn version of the GTI which will be well over 30,000. Base Golfs don't offer manual transmission excepting the "stripped" entry-level model. Trust me I've entertained them all. The Forte5 SX Turbo is the only option!
      2 wheeled menace
      • 7 Months Ago
      Sorry. You are not allowed to own this fuel efficient vehicle until we say so.
      eideard
      • 7 Months Ago
      Just realized why I comment here rarely. Most comments have no understanding - not only of engineering and tech - but, commerce and marketing. Frankly, given the mission of the site, I'm surprised. Anyone here ever deal with the nuts and bolts of importing in the last 50 years?
        Jim1961
        • 7 Months Ago
        @eideard
        No, I'm just another annoying idiot who has no understanding. Instead of complaining about my ignorance, perhaps you can educate me, instead. I'm obviously not as brilliant as you but I can learn stuff. I'm anxiously awaiting your response because I'm completely embarrassed by my ignorance.
      48Chevy
      • 7 Months Ago
      Three shades of grey, a white and (good!) orange. I'd love to see one in the M3's blue.
      Rotation
      • 7 Months Ago
      Why is BMW trying to share to finesse this? As if having a Munroney hold embarrassing or something?
      jebibudala
      • 7 Months Ago
      We should all wear "I
      goodoldgorr
      • 7 Months Ago
      This is just silly to put a smaller gas tank then needed just to comply to obscure rules. Technologically there are no reasons and this will bug the driving experience on long vacation trips. I always said to include a gasoline range extender in these erev. The one in the volt is too big and this one in the i3 is just the right size except the tank. Please wake me up when there will be a decent car worth buying. I obssessively cover my next car purchase in a website that obsessively cover the green scene. yeah..
        Jim1961
        • 7 Months Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        If my Volt had 80 miles of all electric range the petrol in the tank would become stale.
      • 7 Months Ago
      DCSNet*
      Dart
      • 7 Months Ago
      You come up with a good idea, and the US government will find a way to regulate it. There is so much technology that isn't on the market simply because it's so advanced the feds don't have regulations for it, and of course there MUST be regs in order to sell anything.
      Yeah yeah
      • 7 Months Ago
      I can see the reason for it, but the phrase "The range extender option changes (shortens) the car's electric range" still looks slightly comical.
        Card13
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Yeah yeah
        Yea, it's kinda ironic that you must shorten the electric range in order to extend the overall range (yes, I'm aware that it's mostly due to the extra weight)
          JB
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Card13
          Balance of systems. With a range extender all you need in all electric range is your daily commute. Any more all electric range and you are paying $$$ for battery that you don't use regularly and the extra mass is slowing the car down and making it less fuel efficient. Even though customers are demanding +40 miles of all electric range its ridiculous or people are commuting way too far. The return of investment for extra battery is not there.
        sloanm101
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Yeah yeah
        The range extender -- pretty sure -- is just like the volt: has a gas and electric motor. Thus, what they are trying to get at is; for example, GM can't throw on an electric Spark window sticker onto a Volt. I remember GM having the same problem trying to figure out how to formulate official EPA sticker for the Volt.
          Aaron
          • 7 Months Ago
          @sloanm101
          The i3's range extender ICE doesn't have a direct connection to the drivetrain, so it's a little different than the Volt.
          Rotation
          • 7 Months Ago
          @sloanm101
          Aaron: Not in any way that makes a material difference.
      D E S I G N
      • 7 Months Ago
      Cuz they're fugly and no one wants them?
      johnbravo6
      • 7 Months Ago
      No, the state is just keeping us safe. For the children. Time for a new Orwellian poem, "Stay on the mend, don't range extend."
        Lantern42
        • 7 Months Ago
        @johnbravo6
        You should probably look into why the Monroney label was became necessary in the first place.
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