BMW i3 prices confirmed

If an XL1 is too costly and a Leaf too worthy to fulfil your green aspirations, BMW may have the answer; an i3 will cost £25,680 when it arrives in Britain this November.

That figure is after the £5,000 Government grant for electric vehicles and is certainly a welcome surprise given the initial £35K guesstimates.

Don't worry, body panels are standard...
Don't worry, body panels are standard...
For those not purchasing outright, leasing an i3 will cost £369 a month over three years and 24,000 miles following a £2,995 deposit.

BMW will sell the i3 through a 'multi-channel sales model' which essentially means you won't even have to leave the house to purchase one. As well as dealers (or Customer Interactions Centres in BMW parlance), i3s will be available through 'BMW i partners' as well as an online platform. Probably best not to leave that delivery with the neighbour...

BMW is keen to make charging the i3 as stress-free as possible also, but will ask extra for the privilege. So whilst the car comes as standard with AC Fast Charging capability, you need the optional (£1,200) BMW i Wallbox to actually utilise it. So equipped, the i3 can be 80 per cent charged in three hours. Charging through a conventional plug takes between eight and 10 hours.

BMW will officially unveil the i3 on July 29, giving a first look at its production interior. Prices for the range-extender i3 are expected around then also.

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  • MrTappets 24 Jul 2013

    Not sure what sales figures they're predicting but I've a feeling that this could be a massive success for BMW.

  • virgilio 24 Jul 2013

    This and the Tesla S make me think that electric cars are really getting there!

    Very happy about it: they are just great pieces of engineering.

    And if they can replace all the pointless petrol daily drivers which infest our cities, then nobody will complain about the beautiful hedonistic cars we actually love.

  • kambites 24 Jul 2013

    So just over 30k without the grant. Still an awful lot for a city car but these things are definitely getting there, it'll be interesting to see how much more the range extender version costs.

  • Krikkit 24 Jul 2013

    A lot of technology in there for £30k, I'd be surprised if the profits are decent compared to their normal range.

  • The Moose 24 Jul 2013

    I also predict a huge success for BMW with these cars. Where do I buy shares...

    Edited by The Moose on Wednesday 24th July 11:08

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