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BMW readies 'i' car dealers

2013-05-21 14:57

ELECTRIC SUB-BRAND IS BORN: The latest spy shots of the BMW i3 show much less camo and revealing the headlights and an uncovered roof ahead of the official launch later in 2013. IMAGE: Automedia

BMW revealed its network of dealers that will supply and support its "i" electric car sub-brand in the UK - 46 sales agents across the UK will offer the range.

BMW will launch two models - the electric i3 and plug-in hybrid i8.

BMW UK's MD, Tim Abbott, said customer inquiries about BMW i were already “extremely high” - more than 6000 registering their interest.

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He said: “With the announcement of our BMW i retail network we are open for business and taking deposits on the i3 and i8. Our BMW i dealerships are located in the areas of the UK with the highest concentrations of population.”

The electric vehicle range will be rolled out in South Africa in 2014.

BMW i3 CITY CAR

According to BMW, the i3 will be the world’s first mass-produced carbon-fibre vehicle and will weigh 1250kg, including the battery pack. Abut the same as any other small car.

The four-door model is powered by an electric power train developing 125kW/250Nm driving the rear wheels (hey, it IS a BMW!) through a single speed gearbox.

The i3 has a claimed range of 160km on a full charge.

BMW i8 SUPERCAR

The i8 electric supercar is powered by a  96kW/250Nm electric motor and 164kW/300Nm three-cylinder turbo petrol engine. Total output is rated at 260kW and the model can sprint from 0-100km/h in less than five seconds, reaching a top speed of 250km/h.

It will cost the equivalent of about R1.7-million.



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