BMW sends off final i3 EVs with special gold paint

BMW i3 was the automaker's first mass-produced electric vehicle and was launched under the OEM's i sub-brand.
By : HT Auto Desk
| Updated on: 07 Aug 2022, 09:26 AM
BMW has delivered the 18 i3 EVs to a select batch of customers.
BMW has delivered the 18 i3 EVs to a select batch of customers.
BMW has delivered the 18 i3 EVs to a select batch of customers.
BMW has delivered the 18 i3 EVs to a select batch of customers.

The final batch of BMW i3 electric hatchback has received a special treatment before discontinuation. The German luxury car brand reports that the last 18 examples of the i3 were lined up at the BMW Welt facility in Munich for a special sendoff ceremony and all of them were painted in a special Galvanic Gold and black finish. The BMW i3 was the automaker's first mass-produced EV, and it was built under the electric vehicle-specific i-division.

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The BMW i3 remained in business for eight and a half years with a quarter of a million units sold across 74 different countries before being discontinued, claimed the automaker. The automaker decided to pull the plug on this EV to make way for a new pure electric crossover slated to be positioned below the iX, dubbed as iX1.

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The car brand ended production of the i3 in the US last year. It was launched in 2014 and offered an electric range of up to 246 km on a single charge. It sold more than 250,000 units around the world, claimed the automaker. This was also the most successful electrified BMW car to date.

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Speaking about the car, BMW said in a statement that at the start of its series production eight and a half years ago, it was considered a visionary and exotic vehicle. "Since then, the compact vehicle with electric drive has established itself as a pioneer for locally emission-free driving pleasure and holistic sustainability," the statement further reads.

While the i3 is discontinued, the nomenclature will continue in China in the form of a 3-Series electric sedan, which will be the first model to be based on the automaker's Neue Klasse platform.

First Published Date: 07 Aug 2022, 09:23 AM IST
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