After years of development BMW recently announced the delivery of the very first i3 electric car in the U.S. The 2014 i3 has been on sale in Europe since late last year, but the first buyer, Charles Rabie just took delivery of his i3 in Boston.
Rabie is an electric vehicle advocate who has been driving the BMW ActiveE since 2012. Also among this first group set to receive a BMW i3 is Los Angeles-based former E! Entertainment leading correspondent Ashlan Gorse Cousteau, who is married to renowned documentary filmmaker and environmentalist Philippe Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau.
“Today marks a big day at BMW of North America – What started out as a dream for an innovative sustainable vehicle under the BMW i brand can now be found on streets across the U.S.,” said Ludwig Willisch, President & CEO, BMW of North America.
The BMW i3 is the first vehicle to arrive from BMW’s new electric i-sub brand. The i3 is powered by an electric motor with 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, and a 22-kWh lithium-ion battery gives it a range of 80-100 miles. In a few weeks deliveries of the i3 with a range-extending gas engine will kick off. The range extender gives the i3 a total possible driving range of 165 miles. The BMW i3 has a starting price of $41,350 and the range-extender model will have a starting price of $45,200.