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BMW i3

BMW i3

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The BMW i3 is a B-segment, high-roof hatchback manufactured and marketed by BMW with an electric powertrain using rear wheel drive via a single-speed transmission and an underfloor Li-ion battery pack and an optional range-extending petrol engine. The i3 was BMW's first mass-produced zero emissions vehicle and was launched as part of BMW's electric vehicle BMW i sub-brand.[13]

Styled by Richard Kim, the i3 is offered in a single five-door configuration with a passenger module of high strength, ultra-lightweight CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced polymer) adhered to a lower aluminium module holding the chassis, battery, drive system and powertrain. The bodywork features two smaller clamshell rear-hinged rear doors.

The i3 debuted as a concept at the 2011 International Motor Show Germany,[13][14] and production began in September 2013[15] in Leipzig.

Having ranked third amongst electric cars sold worldwide from 2014 to 2016,[16][17][18] its global sales totaled over 220,000 units worldwide by the end of 2021.[19] The U.S. is listed as its best-selling market with almost 42,000 units delivered through December 2019.[20]

The i3 has won two World Car of the Year Awards, selected as 2014 World Green Car of the Year and also as 2014 World Car Design of the Year.[21] The i3 received an iF Product Design Gold Award, and won both UK Car of the Year 2014 and Best Supermini of 2014 in the first UK Car of the Year Awards.

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