BMW i3 gets 10,000 orders before its sales began image

BMW’s newest creation, its first ever electric vehicle and the first car to be born under the “i” brand, the i3, has received more than 10,000 orders, before its sales even began.

The announcement hasn’t been made official just yet but according to the guys at EV News, more than 10,000 orders have been received for the new electric vehicle. The BMW five-seat electric hatchback will go on sale in the second quarter of 2014, in the United States, and it should set you back for 41,300 USD. The i3 has received, just a day ago, a 4-star safety rating when it was tested by Euro NCAP, so the fact that it didn’t manage to gain 5 stars, may affect its future sales.

The BMW i3 has been officially presented to the public, in its final production version, during the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The vehicle is powered by an electric motor, which is good for 170 HP (125 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque, being mated to a single-speed transmission, “moving” the rear wheels. The driving range stands at 130-160 km (81-99 miles) and it can be increased with the 650cc two-cylinder petrol engine, which is acting as a generator, and it’s providing an extra 34 HP.