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2013-11-14 07:33
i3

ON SALE: BMW's electric i3 is finally on sale in the UK. It arrives in SA later in 2014. Image: Newspress

BMW's new electric i3 is ready to go on sale in the UK and we have the British prices… It arrives in South Africa in 2014.

Two versions of the i3 will be offered and both are powered by the same 125kW/250Nm electric motor which can take it from zero to 100km/h in 7.2sec. Top speed is limited to 150km/h.

The Range Extender version also has a 650cc, 25kW two-cylinder petrol engine that acts as a generator to extend the battery's overall range. The standard model has a range of 130 to 160km, whereas the Range Extender version has a range of about 290km.

PLENTY OPTIONS

Both BMW i3 models include a three-year, unlimited mileage vehicle warranty and an eight-year, 160 000km battery warranty. The battery is also included in the price of the car negating a separate lease charge for battery, as is the case for other electric vehicles.

The i3 is available with four interior trim levels: Standard, Loft, Lodge and Suite. 

The price for the BMW i3 in the UK starts at the equivalent of R422 179 while the range extender costs the equivalent of R473 965, in the UK, which tallies well with the SA price of the Nissan Leaf (see below).

But, if you don't fancy buying the car, you can lease it for the equivalent of R6066pm for a 36-month contract, or for  the equivalent of R7900pm for an i3 Range Extender in the range-topping Suite trim.

Pricing has not yet been set for South Africa, but it will be interesting to see considering SA’s first electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf – which launched here in October at the 2013 Johannesburg International Motor Show  and goes on sale later in November - has a price tag of R446 00.
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