BMW announced that production for the i-Series will begin in 2013.
Next year the German automaker will focus on the production of several BMW I revolutionizing models. According to BMW chairman Norbert Reithofer the MINI E has been tested on more than 10 million miles and the the BMW ActiveE model on more than 3 million miles. But the company has the same goal for the i-Series: ‘to create a completely new world of individual mobility.’
By 2020 BMW plans to half the CO2 emissions for its global auto fleet, from the mid-1990s level. The BMW i-Series will be manufactured at the Leipzig plant, which will use renewable energy. In June BMW opened the first i Store in London’s Park Lane, dedicated for the automaker’s range of electric vehicles. BMW said that the first i model to go on sale will be the BMW i3, which will hit dealerships in 2013.
The company also revealed an updated version of the i3 concept, with a new interior design and the automaker also presented its plan for selling the cars. The models will be sold by only 10% of the BMW dealers across Europe.