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2014 BMW i3 Electric Car Price: How Much Will It Cost?

With the 2014 BMW i3 electric car launch getting closer, the rumor mill is heating up.

BMW will unveil its first production battery electric car at next week’s Geneva Motor Show, after showing a number of concept cars in both four-door and coupe forms.

It has already given rides in BMW i3 test cars to a handful of lucky journalists (not us, sadly).

We know the basic specs of the car: It will have a 21- or 22-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack in the floorpan that powers a 125-kilowatt (170-hp) electric motor driving the rear wheels.

But one piece of information we don’t have is the U.S. price.

Usually, we’d wait to speculate on this until closer to launch date. But there’s been a great deal of online discussion about that very topic.

After reading multiple online sources, and adding a bit of our own informed speculation, what follows are our best guesses about price, timing, and other BMW i3 issues.

PRICE: We’re guessing that base price will fall between $42,000 and $48,000. If we had to narrow it down, we’d put it between $44,000 and $46,000.

That is, of course, before the $7,500 Federal tax credit, a California $2,500 purchase rebate, and any number of other state, regional, local, and corporate incentives.

QUICK CHARGING: It’s not clear whether the new CCS quick-charging system will be standard on the BMW i3 or whether it’ll be an option. If it’s optional, we’d expect the price to come in around $1,000–although it might also be bundled into a more expensive option package with other equipment.
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