US BMW i3 Deliveries Have Started

BMW announced the delivery of the first all-electric BMW i3 in the U.S. to Boston resident and Tufts University professor of practice Charles Rabie at the BMW of Boston dealership.

BMW i3 vehicles are currently at U.S. facilities and ready to be delivered to customers nationwide, added the company.

The German manufacturer added Rabie is an electric vehicle advocate and has been driving the BMW ActiveE since 2012.

Also among this first group set to receive a BMW i3 is Los Angeles-based former E! Entertainment leading correspondent Ashlan Gorse Cousteau, married to renowned documentary filmmaker and environmentalist Philippe Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau.

“Today marks a big day at BMW of North America – What started out as a dream for an innovative sustainable vehicle under the BMW i brand can now be found on streets across the U.S.,” said Ludwig Willisch, President & CEO, BMW of North America.

The BMW i3 is the first of the BMW i vehicles constructed from the ground up primarily of carbon fiber to enter the U.S. market. With 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque from its hybrid-synchronous electric motor, the fully electric BMW i3 is electrified by a 22 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, good for 80 to 100 miles of emission-free driving, said BMW.

The BMW i3 is ideally suited for dense urban areas, added BMW.

The BMW i3 has a base MSRP of $41,350 and the range-extender model will have a starting MSRP of $45,200.