ERA: BMW launch i3
BMW are heralding the ‘dawn of a new era’ after launching the all-new, all-electric i3.
Priced £25,680 and released on November 16, the i3 packs 170hp and 250Nm of torque, achieving 0-62mph in 7.2seconds and a top speed of 93mph.
It has a range of 80-100miles, with the £28,830 i3 Range Extender achieving 160-186miles but with a slower 0-62mph of 7.9seconds and 13g/km CO2 emissions.
Both i3 models are available with four different interior worlds: Standard, Loft, Lodge and Suite.
Leasing starts at £369 per month for a 36month contract, rising to £480 per month for an i3 Range Extender in Suite.
Both BMW i3 models include a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty and an eight-year, 100,000mile battery warranty.
The vehicle is eligible for a host of government-backed grants and tax breaks due to its zero emissions powertrain.
In addition to the ‘Plug-in’ grant that reduces the cost by £5,000, the BMW i3 also enjoys a zero road fund licence charge and London Congestion Charge exemption.
Fleets benefit from 100% capital write down allowance and very low levels of National Insurance taxation, while drivers will pay significantly less BIK tax.
The i3’s gadgets include keeping drivers in touch with traffic conditions, parking areas and nearest chargepoints.