BMW has started selling the 3-Series electric sedan. The model received the G28 index, the i3 name and so far the only version of the eDrive35L. Chinese dealers have electric cars appeared this week, the price is from 349,900 yuan (52.5 thousand dollars). For comparison, the updated 320Li with the M-package in China was estimated at 318,900 yuan (47.8 thousand dollars), and the top version of the 330 Li xDrive will cost 409,900 yuan (61.5 thousand dollars).
The Chinese BMW i3 is an electric version of the “3” with a 66.1-kilowatt-hour battery and a 286-horsepower (400 Nm) electric motor in the rear axle drive. The premiere of the model took place in March, and the local “battery” sedan anticipated the world debut of the restyled 3-Series.
According to Chinese tradition, the wheelbase of the BMW i3 is extended by 115 millimeters relative to the “global” sedan. However, the gasoline “3” in China is also “stretched”, so the prices of sedans with power plants of different types can be compared.
The electric car assembled at the BMW-Brilliance joint venture turned out to be 15 percent cheaper than the all-wheel-drive 258-horsepower version of the 330 Li xDrive, but ten percent more expensive than the base 156-horsepower 320Li modification.
There are no plans to export BMW i3 electric cars yet, but the fuel “3” will soon receive a similar appearance and interior. Probably, the premiere of the updated family of sedans and station wagons will take place after the anniversary of the BMW M at the end of May and the debut of the hardcore coupe M4 CSL.