BMW i3 likely to start from £35,000
It has been shown in concept car form and will make production as both a fully electric vehicle and a range extender (where a small petrol engine keeps the batteries charged). However, BMW has yet to confirm prices.
Ian Robertson, BMW board member for sales and marketing, has now given a strong hint that the car will sit above EVs and range extenders, such as the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt, which both cost from between £23,000 and around £28,000.
'We haven't announced final pricing, but you should be thinking of the higher end of the BMW 3 Series range,' Robertson told What Car?. That would give the car a price of around £35,000.
Robertson said: 'That's the flat purchase price; we do think a lot of the customers will lease and we're working on innovative solutions for that side of the business.'
Those solutions are likely to include the option of a larger, conventionally powered vehicle as part of the deal. That could potentially allow i3 owners to use their EV (or range extender) during the week, then switch to an X5 or 3 Series Touring for longer weekend trips.
By John McIlroy