At a time when the model has already left the North American market, BMW has just confirmed the end of what was the first 100% battery-electric model: the i3. More precisely, already for July.
A confirmation of the end of production of the i3 was given, by the BMW, to the American publication Drive, adding that the last models of the model, should leave the assembly line, as early as next July.
At a time when it is no longer being marketed, either on the other side of the Atlantic or on the Australian continent, the German brand thus puts an end to a model that, incidentally, is still in 2020, had been the target of an increase in production. Then and secondly, BMW advanced, with the aim of responding to a growth in demand.
Moreover, also at the time, the Munich brand guaranteed that the i3 would continue on sale until at least 2024. Something that, apparently, will no longer happen.
Remember that the BMW i3 is currently manufactured only at the factory from Leipzig, Germany. However, with the end of assembly of the EV, in July, the factory should start producing the next generation of the EV. Mini Countryman, whose arrival on the market is scheduled for the second half of 2022.
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In terms of supply, in line-up of BMW, o i3 should be indirectly replaced by the future iX1, a 100% electric crossover based on the third generation of the well-known X1. And that, although with production initially planned for the German factory in Regensburg, where it will remain until 2024, it will, from then on, be manufactured at the factory in Debrecen, Hungary.
And it all started in 2013…
Still on the i3, remember that was launched on the market in 2013, about two years after the final production version was unveiled, with the particularity of presenting a carbon fiber construction, plus three different battery sizes and ranges ranging from 130 to 246 kilometers. Being that, between 2014 and 2018, the German brand even marketed a version with a range extender.a, but that would eventually be discontinued.
Throughout its existence, the BMW i3 sold anything like 250,000 units.