2014 BMW i3 and Range-Extender Model Priced
With the 2014 BMW i3 on its way to dealerships in the second quarter of 2014, the German automaker has started announcing prices. The base price for this all-new model is set at $41,350, that gets you a pure electric vehicle. If you still have range anxiety, the new range-extender model will be priced at $45,200. Both of these prices have excluded the $925 destination charges, as well as possible federal and state incentives that may lower the overall price of both models. With the rise of electric vehicles, many potential customers have felt the effects of range anxiety. Not wanting to become stranded on the side of the road, those looking for more efficient vehicles have steered toward hybrid models, as they have the option between electric- and gas-powered driving. BMW has found a way to reduce some of this anxiety. With the Range Extender generator, BMW is taking a page from the Chevrolet Volt, and adding a gasoline-burning engine to its EV. Without the range extender, the BMW i3 has a range of about 80 to 100 miles; add the extneder and it roughly doubles. However, this generator only has a fuel capacity of 2.4 gallons. If optioned with the Range Extender, 330 pounds will be added to the overall weight of the vehicle. This rear-mounted 34 horsepower two-cylinder, gas-powered engine will kick in when the vehicle's battery reaches a certain level. It maintains the battery's state of charge, but never directly drives the vehicle's wheels.Source: BMW
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