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BMW has started delivering the first units of the i3 to its German customers, officially entering the electric era.

The German based automaker BMW has started a new chapter in its life as the first i3 vehicles have been delivered to its customers, in its homeland. The handful of buyers was handed over the keys to their new rides by Ian Robertson, a BMW Board Member, during a special ceremony held at BMW Welt.

“Today marks a milestone in the history of the BMW Group, as we hand over our first BMW i premium electric vehicle to customers. In doing so, we are bringing sustainable mobility to the roads”, said Ian Robertson.

As you probably already know, the BMW i3, in its final production version, has been officially presented to the public during the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, more than 2 months ago. Power to the model is being provided by the 22 kWh lithium-ion battery, which is sending the “juice” to the electric motor, generating 170 HP (125 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque. The 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint is made in 7.2 seconds and top speed stands at 150 km/h (93 mph). The BMW i3 has a driving range of 130-160 km (81-99 miles).