BMW i3 World debut July 29, US launch pushed back

BMW has said the BMW i3 will make it’s world debut on July 29.

“The BMW i3 will make its world debut at three simultaneous events in New York, London and Beijing on Monday, July 29.”

While it’s not long to wait to see the full, un-camouflaged version of the BMW i3, it turns out North America will have to wait longer than originally expected. A few months ago, BMW told media that the i3 would be available “by the end of the year.” Now, BMW has updated that timeline to be sometime in the second quarter of 2014.

It will arrive in US showrooms in the second quarter of 2014.

There are no details as to why the vehicle was delayed, but there is some speculation it could have to do with the low pricing the i3 will have in Germany. The i3’s base price in Germany is set at 34,950 euros ($46,036 US) which is 2000-5000 euros below predictions. At that price point, a Frankfurt based Commerzbank analyst said it’s realistic that BMW could “grab a decent share of the electric-car market” and that demand could cause a delay in supplying the electric vehicle to North America.

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Alan Moeller

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