BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer spoke to German newspaper Handelsblatt about the price of the i3 which according to BMW boss will position the electric vehicle below the 5 Series models.
The newspaper mentions a starting price of less than 40,000 euros in Germany.
Robertson said sales volume for the i3 could be “comparable to one of the lower-volume Mini derivatives. However, we can easily increase our output if opportunities arise.” Mini sold about 30,000 units of its Clubman model globally in 2010.
The four-seat i3 is designed for city driving. It’s a little wider and taller than a Volkswagen Polo, for instance, but the Polo is longer and lighter. The motor is fed by a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack that is mounted under the floor of the passenger compartment. This means there is no intrusion or transmission tunnel in the cabin, and also helps keep the i3’s center of gravity low for better handling and stability.
The i3 will have an electric drive range of about 150 km and is very light – about 1,250 kg or about 270 kg lighter than a Nissan Leaf. It will have a 0-100 km/h time of less than eight seconds and can be quick-charged to 80 per cent in an hour.