Monday, December 30, 2013

Build Your BMW i3: The Configurer With Pricing is Now Live

Once the US i3 options pricing specs were public it was just a matter of time before the i3 configurer would be live. It's now up and you can design your own i3, add and remove options and see how it looks with different color and wheel combinations. The range extender isn't an add on option though, instead it's treated as if it is a different vehicle entirely even though everything else is the same as the BEV i3 (with the exception of the rear wheel size if you get the standard style 427 wheels).

I'm happy to report BMW didn't do what some other EV manufacturers did and build the $7,500 Federal Tax Rebate directly into the price. They clearly show the "Total MSRP as Built" and then have a line that says "Estimate" to indicate that you may be eligible for the tax credit and also offers a line to see if your particular state has additional incentives. Additionally there is a Gas Savings calculator to estimate how much you can potentially save in gas but that's very difficult to say without knowing what car you are displacing, how much you pay for electricity, if you have solar, etc.

Want to see what your custom designed i3 will cost? Here are the links to the site:

Configure an i3 with Range Extender

Configure a BEV i3

12 comments:

  1. Your link works great but going on to their site the usual way it's not there.

    ,CDspeed

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    1. I see that. Just another bonus of following here. You get the info before the general public! ;)

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    2. I realized that a while ago ; )

      ,CDspeed

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  2. Still no sunroof listed. Odd.

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    1. At first I though it might be an oversight, but now I'm thinking it's not going to be available at the launch.

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    2. I can't remember the last BMW I ever had where I had to pay extra for the sunroof, it's usually standard.

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  3. What kind of headlights come with car, are LED's available?

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    1. LED's are standard in the US and optional in Europe

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  4. Tom

    Thanks for all the excellent information. Looking forward to learning about the ordering/acquisition process through your blog and the forum posts. In that regard, I noticed the new thread about US order/build/delivery dates. I assume that you'll be placing your order sometime soon.

    If you don't mind, whenever you do so, I'd be grateful for information regarding:

    - Additional build/delivery timing: Based on forum posts regarding orders placed in the EU, it seems that opting for certain configurations require additional time. While I assume that US orders will be subject to the same circumstance, I wonder whether fundamental model differences (Rex vs. non-Rex) will also translate into additional time for delivery.

    - DC chargers: when committing to an order with a build/delivery date, what is BMW telling folks about the expected availability of DC chargers? I noticed in one of your other posts that you expect that BMW will make an announcement on their obvious support for the technology. I'm just wondering whether that message is being conveyed at the point of order.

    - Financing: Given your experience with the brand, I would be grateful for your views regarding BMW's financing options. For instance, will you purchase or lease?

    - Dealer recommendation in DC area: I'd also be grateful for any recommendations for well-informed and trustworthy BMW dealerships in the Washington, DC area. Based on customer reviews online, it seems that each of the dealerships in my area have mixed reviews.

    All the best and Happy New Year.

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  5. I tend to think that unless BMW does something *really* nice for us ActiveE electronauts, I won't be able to justify spending this much. Because I don't want a stripper model, and I want REx, the price soars way above what I can get in a 2014 Volt. I used the web tool to put together the minimum car I could live with for the next few years and, with splurges for Solar Orange but sticking to cheap interior World, I focused on the technology. Parking package, tech/driving assist package, heated seats (an absolute requirement), premium sound. That puts us at $52K. Now, we can knock that down with incentives, and a lease instead of a purchase may keep the monthly cost within credible limits. But I'm kind of astonished on a couple of points.

    The first is that I believe heated seats should be standard. We all know using heated seats instead of heavy cabin heating is better for range. So it kind of annoys me that I have to add them. The second is, Navigation is *apparently* only available as a part of the very expensive tech package. There is a lot of other stuff in that package that could/should be broken out. I like what's in the tech package, but if I'm trying to economize I'd like to give up some of the higher-end parts of that package without having to resort to a suction cup mounted Garmin or something for Nav.

    I guess that means this is truly a BMW and not priced or packaged like a Chevy or Nissan. :-) May have to stick to a Chevy for this round.

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  6. I believe the navigation included in the tech package is professional navigation. Business navigation is standard. At least the Option Pricing guide that Tom linked to on 12/28 lists "Navigation Business" as standard.

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    1. That is correct. Basic navigation in standard. The wide screen "professional" nav is optional.

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