BMW reported Tuesday that it had constructed its 200,000th i3 electrical automotive because the begin of manufacturing in 2013.
The milestone automotive was completed in Fluid Black metallic paint with BMW i Blue accents, and was produced for a buyer within the German state of Saxony, the automaker mentioned in a press launch.
Launched in america for the 2014 mannequin 12 months, the i3 broke new floor not solely as BMW’s first mass-market manufacturing electrical automotive, however by revolutionary design options like a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic physique shell, quirky styling, and an inside that included a plant-based materials known as kenaf.
BMW initially deliberate for the “I” fashions—together with each the i3 and now-discontinued i8 plug-in hybrid—to be distinct from its different fashions, taking extra design dangers. However the automaker appears to have modified its plans, and future BMW electrical fashions are anticipated to be considerably extra standard.
The 200,000th BMW i3
The quantity 200,000 is important in america as, after promoting that variety of qualifying plug-in automobiles, the federal EV tax credit begins to part out. BMW, nevertheless, is simply halfway there, as of the tip of June.
U.S. gross sales have probably been hampered by the i3’s small measurement and restricted vary. Whereas BMW has made enhancements over time, the 2020 i3 nonetheless has an EPA-estimated vary of solely 153 miles (200 miles with the optionally available gasoline vary extender), when most automakers are aiming for greater than 200 miles of all-electric vary.
It took Nissan two generations of Leaf and almost a decade to succeed in 500,000 models of manufacturing, however Volkswagen believes it may possibly promote 500,000 ID.4 crossovers annually by 2025.