BMW's All-Electric BMW i3 Set for Late 2013 Arrival

Photo of BMW i3 Concept Coupe

BMW's all-electric BMW i3 vehicle is set to come onto the market by the end of this year. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, said in a release they company has already received several hundred advance orders.

BMW says the i3 will be about 550 to 660 pounds lighter than a conventional electric car. The lightweight car features a a carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) passenger compartment and aluminum chassis. It has a range of about 95 miles.

BMW has dubbed the car its "megacity vehicle." The company believes large cities will ultimately have to use zero-emission drive technology to reduce pollution. Reithofer says, "In the medium term, real megacities have no choice but to encourage the use of alternative drive systems."

BMW also recently released a teaser for the i3. A fashion photographer uses the vehicle in the video. Take a look:

The i3 was first introduced as a concept car at the 2012 New York International Auto Show.

Photo: BMW

Posted on March 26, 2013

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