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Sunday 13 July 2014

BMW hopes customers get plugged into new i3

Eddie Cunningham London

Published 30/07/2013|04:00

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LUXURY car maker BMW is 'charging' into a new era after unveiling its first electric car to much fanfare at special launches in London, New York and Beijing.

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The i3 is the first premium car to be built specially as an all-electric vehicle.

It is scheduled to arrive in Ireland in November and prices will start at €33,160.

BMW chiefs are describing the four-seater which has a carbon fibre body – 50pc lighter than steel – as "one of the most important" in their history because it marks such a major new departure for them.

Here the price has been reduced to €33,160 thanks to a €5,000 VRT rebate and another €5,000 from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

The car can cover 120km on one charge but more expensive models will be able to go further thanks to a special 'range extender' (a small engine to charge the batteries).

So far this year just 32 electric vehicles have been registered, according to Motorcheck.ie.

Irish Independent

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