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First US BMW i3 is Bought, Sold in Boston

The first ever all-electric BMW i3 finally arrived on US shores. But if you were hoping to drive away with one anytime soon, you’re out of luck. The first – and so far ONLY unit – was sold Friday afternoon at Herb Chambers BMW of Boston. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news!

But the good news is more are expected to be arriving in the next few weeks. The price tag will start at $41,350.

The anticipated i3 is BMW’s first all-electric vehicle. It has a 22 kilowatt lithium-ion battery that gets 80 to 100 miles of emission-free driving and has a fuel economy of 124 miles per gallon equivalent, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Pictures: 1st-US-based BMW i3 debuts in Boston
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BMW selected Tufts University professor Charles Rabie, an electric vehicle advocate who has been a longtime customer of the Herb Chambers dealership, to be the one to purchase the first i3 sold in the nation. Rabie, who has worked in high tech for 30 years, has also driven a BMW ActiveE since 2012.

Rabie drove off the lot in a BMW with Capparis White and iFrozen Blue accent on the exterior and Giga Cassia Natural Leather on the interior. As a bonus, BMW threw in a bicycle that matched the i3’s sleek exterior design.


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