Tuesday 24 April 2018

BMW hopes customers get plugged into new i3

Eddie Cunningham London

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.

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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