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BMW has recently delivered the first i3 unit to the United States, where the first owner of the “green” model on the continent is a Tufts University professor of practice.

The lucky number one owner of the new BMW i3 on the North American continent is named Charles Rabie and he is a Tufts University professor of practice. He has been part of the Electronauts team and he has been driving a BMW ActiveE since 2012. Amongst the people receiving an i3 is also Ashlan Gorse Cousteau, the E! Entertainment former leading correspondent, who is married to Philippe Cousteau, the grandson of documentary filmmaker and environmentalist Jacques Cousteau.

“Today marks a big day at BMW of North America – What started out as a dream for an innovative sustainable vehicle under the BMW i brand can now be found on streets across the U.S”, said the BMW of North America president and CEO, Ludwig Willisch.

The BMW i3 is available in the United States from 41,350 USD for the base entry-level version, while with the range extender, the vehicle can be yours from 45,200 USD. In the latter, the model is offered with a two-cylinder 25 kW 647 cc internal combustion engine. The i3 has a 22 kWh lithium-ion battery and it can be driven in all electric mode for 130 km (81 miles).