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The BMW i3 bows out after 8 years of career

Launched in 2013, the BMW i3 is the first 100% electric model from the Bavarian firm. It is also one of the first to have democratized electric cars to the general public, like the Renault Zoe and other Nissan Leaf.

Since then, the electric city car has been sold in more than 74 countries around the world. It was manufactured in Germany, at the BMW plant in Leipzig, where the bar of 250,000 copies of i3 was recently passed, before mass production was completed. If it will not have a direct descendant, the future 100% electric version of the 3 Series should soon take on the name of BMW i3.

BMW i3: a decade of history

The history of the BMW i3 dates back to March 2008: the German manufacturer unveiled its plan to create a new division called “Project i”, with the aim of developing a range of technologies around the electrified car.

Under the code name Mega City Vehicle (MCV), BMW unveiled the BMW i3 Concept in 2011 which, as its name suggests, prefigured the production model of the same name. The BMW i3 will then be marketed in 2013: the production model has an explosive look, which will make it special on the market.

BMW i3: numerous awards

In addition to its style, its architecture embeds several innovations: its chassis is made of aluminum, and embeds the motorization, the suspension and the high voltage battery. Its passenger cell is made up of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), which allows it to control its weight while offering good liveability on board.

During its career, the BMW i3 received many awards : in Germany, it received the awards for “Green Steering Wheel” in 2013 and “Golden Steering Wheel” in 2016, awarded by the magazines Auto Bild and Bild am Sonntag. The design, the concept of the vehicle, its interior or its connectivity technologies have received numerous awards around the world, such as the “UK Car of the Year”, “Green Car of the Year”, “Classic of the Future “, “Swiss Car of the Year”, “World Car Design Award”, “iF Gold Product Design Award”, without forgetting the “Argus Trophy” in our regions.

BMW i3: a limited series for its end of career

To accompany the end of his career, ten copies of one special series limited were produced: the BMW i3s HomeRun Edition. The model is distinguished by special paint choices Frozen Dark Gray or Frozen Red II, signed BMW Individual, 20-inch alloy wheels, a power glass roof, solar control glazing and adaptive LED headlights.

The HomeRun Edition also offers leather upholstery, leather dashboard, leather steering wheel, Carum Gray roof cladding, mood lighting and welcome lighting. There are also heated seats, an alarm, real-time traffic information, a concierge service, a parking assistance system and a rear view camera.

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