BMW will stop selling the i3 electric hatchback in the US from next month.
First launched in 2013, the i3 was BMW’s first true electric car.
The i3 aims to be a city car rather than a long-distance car.
The car maxed out at 80 miles from a 22-kilowatt battery, with 170 horsepower.
The battery capacity has grown by 50 percent to 33 kW after the 2017 update, increasing the range to 113 miles.
The i3 has carved a unique position in the emerging electric vehicle market. As said, BMW has sold about 100,000 of them globally since its launch.
But its importance was waning. According to the BMW blog, US i3 stock has been at its lowest level in the past 12 months. Customers often encountered difficulties in securing the vehicle. Only 1,052 i3s were sold last year.
In an email, a BMW spokesperson confirmed that US production of the i3 ends in July 2021.
BMW won’t sell the i3
“At the time of its launch in 2013, the i3 represented a pioneering moment in electric vehicles and lightweight construction,” the spokesperson said.
“The i3 was one of the first electric cars in the world designed for this purpose,” he added. The car used carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic and aluminum to make it unique.
The success of the i3 helped lay the groundwork for the imminent release of the BMW iX and BMW i4, which together represent the spearhead in the automaker’s belated efforts to regain its early sales momentum for electric vehicles.
BMW fans were disappointed that the automaker had never made successors to the BMW i3 or the i8 hybrid sports car in the years since those cars were launched.
But the company is repeating core electrical technology. Next-generation technology powers the BMW iX, BMW i4 and BMW iX3 made in China.
The iX and i4 are more expensive than the BMW i3, which started at about $44,000.
The base model of the BMW i4 starts at $55,000. While the BMW iX is expected to sell for $83,000. Both vehicles will go on sale in the United States beginning in early 2022.
After eight years and more than 200,000 units sold, the i3’s success story is over, with global production ending in 2022.
The technology and drivetrain from the BMW i3 continue to be present in the MINI Cooper SE. The MINI Cooper SE uses the same technology components as the BMW i3, but combines it with a traditional mass-produced chassis without the lightweight carbon structure.
In addition, the electric MINI Cooper SE is powered by the front wheels, while the BMW i3 with its balanced weight distribution and rear-wheel drive has always remained close to typical BMW design.