The test drive waiting list for the new BMW i3 is 5 months long for customers so driving the company’s first electric vehicle won’t be that easy.
According to the German based automaker, the BMW i3 has a 5-month waiting list for test drives and the vehicle seems to be successful even if it managed to obtain only 4 stars when it was tested by Euro NCAP. A total of 10,000 orders have been received for the BMW i3 around the world but the demand from potential customers wanting test drives is even bigger, as 100,000 people have registered for test drives.
“We have waiting lists into months for test drives. These cars need to be charged between each test, which takes some time. Dealers are working hard to satisfy the demand”, said Ian Robertson, the BMW Board Member for Sales and Marketing, when speaking to Auto Express.
The BMW i3, in its production version, has been unveiled during the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and it’s powered by an electric motor, producing 170 HP (125 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque, mated to a single-speed transmission which is sending power to the rear wheels. The driving range of the car can be extended with the use of a 650cc two-cylinder petrol engine, which is acting as a generator. Prices for the i3 have been set at 41,350 USD.