Big expectations for BMW i3 program


Big expectations for BMW i3 program

Around 6,000 people in the UK have declared an interest in the upcoming i3 electric vehicle, which will also be available as a plug-in hybrid.

The i3 will be BMW's first official plug-in vehicle and, according to company boss Ian Robertson, an outstanding 100,000 people worldwide have made reservations for it, with a number of them accompanied by a firm deposit.

Electric vehicles have always suffered from mixed and controversial opinions, hampering uptake and making them a scarce sight on the roads. And after BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer stated that without more government support for plug-in vehicles, EVs simply wouldn't be as popular among buyers, the demand for the i3 is quite a surprising outcome.

BMW appears to be attracting the largest amount of interest in its future plug-in range, and Robertson is confident future developments with bring further progress to their EV model line-up. "In the next three to four years, we'll see more development of the batteries than we have in the last 100," Robertson told Automotive News Europe.

The i3 is designed to provide an economical vehicle capable of carrying four adult occupants, and with excellent all-round visibility. It has 200 litres of luggage space behind the rear seats, and is set to have agile handling at typical urban road speeds.

The production i3 will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, and the car will go on sale in Europe at the end of the year. Expect the radical looking electric car to become a familiar sight on our roads in the near future.