BMW AG took another step in the direction of electrification at the
recent Los Angeles Auto Show by rolling out a concept version of an
electric, three-door coupe.
The i3 Concept Coupe is the third electrified car
BMW has announced in the past 18 months. It joins the racy i8
hybrid and a five-door vehicle (also called the i3) that is slated
to reach production at the end of 2013. Like the five-door car,
the coupe will be designed from the ground up as an electric
BMW did not offer a production schedule for the coupe, but it did
call the vehicle yet another sign the luxury automaker is earnest
in its plan to bring electric powertrains to the premium car
segment. "We're very serious about getting real sales volumes from
this," Matthew Russell, a spokesman for BMW, told us. "It's a car
that will have an appeal to a huge number of mega-city residents,
business people, and electric car aficionados. We're expecting a
real demand for this car."
members: The i3 Concept Coupe joins two other vehicles in
BMW's i sub-brand. The i8 plug-in hybrid (left) will reach
production in 2014, and the five-door all-electric i3 EV will
come out in 2013.
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