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Ask Our BMW Genius About the BMW i3

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Almost nothing is more exciting than a newly released model, but the release of an electric model from the industry leader in performance and comfort is something that will set tongues wagging.

BMW's release of their iBrand has turned many heads from car designers to customers. With any move away from the normal, there are going to be a lot of questions and skepticism, but with the help of our new BMW Genius, Sanjay Mistry, you can set your mind at easy.

Catie Keogh with NBC Chicago recently got a chance to take the BMW i3 for a test drive. You can check out her experience with teh BMW i3 at Perillo's Test Drive Event!
Here is a walk through by Sanjay at our recent BMW i3 Launch Party!
Below are just a few frequently asked questions about the new BMW i3, and the answers from our in-house BMW Genius.

1. Can an electric vehicle really go the distance on a single charge?

Driven responsibly, the i3 should deliver 80 to 100 miles of total range, extendable by another 80 miles when the optional range extender generator is employed. With just a 2.4-gallon fuel capacity, the extender is only meant to provide a little buffer in case you find yourself unable to recharge before your destination is reached. Recharging to 100 percent takes about three hours on 240-volt power or about 20 minutes to get to 80 percent charge on a 480-volt DC fast charger (if you can find one). The limited fuel capacity of the range-extended version means that the i3 is really only intended for commuting and city use; refilling the tiny 2.4-gallon gas tank every 75 miles or so would become nerve-wracking in any kind of extended driving. You can view more charging information at BMW 360 Electric.

2. Is there any State or Federal incentives for buying an BMW i3?

The BMW i3  qualifies for multiple goverment incentives. It is eligible for a Federal tax credit of $7,500 as a plug-in vehicle. Each state is also able to offer their own rebates and credits on electric vehicles.
For a complete list of Federal and State incentives, you can visit the Department of Energy's website.

3. Does the BMW i3 really make a positive impact of the environment compared to gas vehicles?

BMW i set new standards of sustainability throughout the entire process of vehicle production. To be even more efficient BMW i uses materials that are easily recycled and reused. Of the materials used to produce a BMW i3, 95% can be recycled–one of those being the high-performance lithium–ion battery, which can be repurposed as storage in solar- or wind-powered systems.

4. What is the chance of there being a charging station near me when I need to re-charge?
ChargePoint has also been selected to be the preferred provider of BMW i’s ChargeNow public charging program in the U.S. ChargeNow makes it easy for BMW i drivers to find and access all publicly available charging stations on the ChargePoint network by providing real time availability status and location information through the ConnectedDrive navigation system. All BMW i3 owners will be provided ChargeNow cards – giving them immediate access to the more than 14,000 stations on ChargePoint’s growing network.
5. How reliable is an electric vehicle in cold temperatures?

This is the most difficult question to answer because there hasn't been a lot of testing for this car in long term winter. Some say that the car performs fine during the winter with Eco Pro + and others are of the opnion that it can decrease the range of the car by 10-20%.  

Additional Links:

BMW's Official Blog
BMW 360 Electric Portfolio

If you have questions of your own about BMW's electric series, please feel free to fill out the form below with your questions, and Sanjay will get back to you with an answer. If you would like to reach Sanjay directly you can do so through email or by calling (312) 981-0000.


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