According to Clean Technica, using their own data, and some supplied by the California New Car Dealers Association, the BMW i3 electric car was the third best selling Entry Luxury Car in California in 2018. The hatchback was offered to nearly 4,000 clients, and was preceded by the Mercedes CLA-Class with 6,310 units and the Audi A3 with 5,803 units.
Fifth place went to a BMW compact car, this time the two Series Coupe and Convertible which saw 2,135 units sold to Californians.
It’s unclear what the criteria was for the Entry Luxury Car, but we assume it was based on pricing. Despite starting at around $45,000, the State and Fed tax credits, along with subsidies from BMW, can bring down the price of an i3 to below $35,000, which will add the same section as the CLA from Mercedes and the A3 from Audi.
As Clean Technica mentions in their article, provide of the i3 has been fairly limited during the last year, with customers needing to order the car.
“The i3 has in fact been in supply stateside that is rather limited in the past year or so. ” Clean Technica editor states. “I do wonder if it wouldn’t’ve taken the top spot in that class if BMW had its manufacturing capability up to snuff and was really attempting to sell the car. ”
2019 has also brought an upgrade to the i3 lineup – that is still offered as a full electric in the US (BEV) and with a Range Extender (REx). Coming from the 94Ah battery pack, the 2019 i3 BMW understands a range increase of almost 65 kilometers (40 miles), for a total of 260 km (161 miles), with the battery pack has been actually measured at 42.2kWh (kiloWatt hours). This upgrade is for the standard BMW i3, the i3 REx, the i3S and i3S Rex, so all models will get a battery.
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