Wednesday, September 18, 2013

BMW i3 Production Begins!


Fitschen accepts the keys to Job 1 from BMW board member Harald Kruger
Series production of the BMW i3 began today in Leipzig. In less than two months the i3 will be available for sale in Germany and select European countries with US deliveries beginning 4 - 5 months later. BMW gave the keys to the first i3 to roll off the assembly line to German Marathon runner Jan Fitschen.

These are exciting times. The i3 is the first volume series production car in history to make such extensive use of carbon and aluminum and it's the first electric vehicle to be offered for sale by BMW company history. The better news is, this is just the beginning of the electric revolution!


























 

5 comments:

  1. Nice pictures. Starting to get excited about this car. My Volt lease is up in July so I have 10 months to wait now. I like that BMW has nearly a year of perfecting the assembly line before they make my car. I'm sure the cars made in the first few months won't be the same build quality as the ones they make after 6 months of working out the kinks.

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  2. "...this is just the beginning of the electric revolution!"

    Now Tom, really?! For BMW maybe this is the case, but as you know there are other car makers that have had EVs out there available to the public for quite a while now. Some even have had aluminum, alloy, carbon fiber, and composite components.

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    1. vdiv: That wasn't a slight to any of the EV's out there already. We are still in the "beginning" of the EV revolution and will be so for the next few years IMO.

      I certainly didn't mean to imply the i3 marks the beginning of electric drive. The EV-1 proved it was possible, the Roadster proved people would buy a compelling electric vehicle even if it was expensive and the Volt and LEAF proved there was a market of relatively affordable electric cars. However we still have a ways to go before the "beginning" is behind us! ;)

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    2. Also, yes some have had pieces made of carbon and aluminum, but this is the first series production car that utilized it to such an extent. The entire passenger cell is CFRP, that has never been done for a production car made in volume. In fact the body is glued to the frame. They use only four bolts to make sure it's lined up properly but once the glue dries they could cut the four bolts off and it wouldn't compromise the integrity at all. They really have done things with this car that have never been done before. It's one of the reasons I have been following the i3 so closely.

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