The All Electric i3 will Cost Around $40k. Would you Consider it?

We ‘re increasingly big fans of the idea of an electric car. Having reviewed a Tesla Roadster a few times it ‘s easy to see why. Cheap to run and full of incredible acceleration they are a complete re-think of the car in terms that enthusiasts shouldn ‘t be scared of. Yet they ‘re still an unknown quantity to many of you. And worse yet the cost of cars such as the Tesla Model S can easily approach $100k with options. Enter the i3.

According to Automotive News BMWNA is planing on selling the carbon fiber built all electric i3 for around $40k. Does that price make it finally doable? Would you be interested in a zero emission rear wheel drive BMW with maximum interior space?

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  • driver 8

    As a second car (especially for commuting), I would definitely consider an i3. I’m not ready to give up on the internal combustion engine for sports (track) driving though.

  • Drill

    Yes, I would (and probably will) consider it. I’d be a little concerned about new tech growing pains and longevity but as a commuter car with lower day-to-day running costs the i3 would be a great alternative to my other BMW. The $40k price tag seems a bit high at first but the $47k cost of my E91 adds a better perspective.

  • Matt

    I’d lease one.

  • BimmerFile_Michael

    I’m sold on this thing completely. I have always been a sceptic of EV’s simply because they were just repackaged versions of a combustion engine. The Model S and the i3 are game changers and they make it all more real.

    I am not going to lie- the new M3 sedan gets my heart pounding as track time is what I love, as well as the twisties of backroads BUT the i3 offering a nice dose of fun thanks to its low eight, instant torque and size make it compelling to me outside of the low cost of ownership (comparatively).

    I haven’t been this excited about product launches in years…

  • Greg

    I definitely will, curious about the longevity of the battery pack in regards to range degradation and what the warranty will cover. Michael or Gabe any input on this?

    • BimmerFile_Michael

      The battery pack is designed to outlive the usable life of the vehicle- approximately 10 years but it can reportedly be swapped out if needed (though it may not be an easy fix). The batteries have shown limited degradation in the Active E better than the normal curve because of the advanced temperature regulation. I will look into this more…

      • Drill

        Michael, any idea where I can find more info on the charging system? If BMW MSP were to offer the i3 AND the charging system could easily handle the move from Germany to the US (and back) then this just became my next new car 🙂

  • Evan

    I really like the idea of this car but don’t know how practical charging locations in the city will be for a lot of people- renting a spot in a garage or even owning a spot in your building may make setting up a charger difficult for the majority of people. While it’d be a great city car for me, I rent a spot in a private garage that cannot accommodate setting up a charger. Also, for under $40k I can get a very well equipped MINI of similar size without the constraints of needing to be charged with pretty good mgp, especially as will be released with the F56. And I could drive for 450+ miles before filling up.

    Again, it’s the charging infrastructure that will be the stumbling block and not the technology of the vehicle. Maybe a good second car if you have a place to charge it. I do have to applaud BMW too for setting up the program where you can take out a regular gas BMW for longer trips if needed- that should help a lot of customers make the decision.

  • Z3Power

    For a 2nd or 3rd car…and lease it. Only worries are all the new electrical stuff required to make it run.