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      05-02-2014, 10:42 AM   #1
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BMW Delivers First All-Electric i3 in the U.S.

Tufts University professor of practice Charles Rabie to receive the first U.S. BMW i3.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – May 2, 2014…
Today, BMW delivered the first all-electric BMW i3 in the U.S. to Boston resident and Tufts University professor of practice Charles Rabie at the BMW of Boston dealership. Hundreds of BMW i3 vehicles are currently at U.S. facilities and ready to be delivered to customers nationwide, ushering in a new era of electromobility.

Rabie is an electric vehicle advocate and has been driving the BMW ActiveE since 2012. Also among this first group set to receive a BMW i3 is Los Angeles-based former E! Entertainment leading correspondent Ashlan Gorse Cousteau, married to renowned documentary filmmaker and environmentalist Philippe Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau.

“Today marks a big day at BMW of North America - What started out as a dream for an innovative sustainable vehicle under the BMW i brand can now be found on streets across the U.S.,” said Ludwig Willisch, President & CEO, BMW of North America.

The BMW i3 is the first of the BMW i vehicles constructed from the ground up primarily of carbon fiber to enter the U.S. market. With 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque hybrid-synchronous electric motor, the fully electric BMW i3 is electrified by a 22-kWh lithium-ion battery, good for 80-100 miles of emission-free driving. Agile and engaging to drive, the BMW i3 is ideally suited for dense urban areas. The BMW i3 has a base MSRP of $41,350 and the range-extender model will have a starting MSRP of $45,200.

BMW i is the BMW Group’s forward-looking and sustainable brand dedicated to solving many of the mobility challenges faced by the world’s most densely populated cities. The all-encompassing approach of BMW i includes the extensive use of recycled, renewable raw and naturally treated materials, alongside an extremely resource-efficient production method.

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      05-02-2014, 12:45 PM   #2
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Nice! Congrats to Mr. Rabie! It will be fun seeing these in the streets soon enough.
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      05-02-2014, 09:50 PM   #3
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My dealer expects 4 i3's to be delivered in the next week, and when I talked with them, two of them were sold. SO, they're coming.
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      05-03-2014, 01:10 PM   #4
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This is great news for all of us..
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      05-03-2014, 05:36 PM   #5
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Professor Charles Rabie looks like Professor Charles Xavier.
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Great stuff. Wake me up when you can fully charge one in less than 30 minutes.
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Great stuff. Wake me up when you can fully charge one in less than 30 minutes.
How long does it take?
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Great stuff. Wake me up when you can fully charge one in less than 30 minutes.
How long does it take?
About 3 hours.
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True lol
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Great stuff. Wake me up when you can fully charge one in less than 30 minutes.
^^^this^^^ im with this guy!!

Also can wait for all these to hit the streets, more gasoline for me and maybe cheaper prices ahead
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Great stuff. Wake me up when you can fully charge one in less than 30 minutes.
You can charge up to 80% in under 30 minutes.
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I saw one on the highway (St. Louis, MO) on Saturday. It's a pretty ugly car, IMO. I have yet to see the i8 in the flesh though but it looks great judging by the pictures.
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Great stuff. Wake me up when you can fully charge one in less than 30 minutes.
You can charge up to 80% in under 30 minutes.
Oh yeah,,, where you think you'll be able to do that on the current level 3 charging structure...???
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Saw this car at NYIAS and I was pleasantly surprised.
Congrats.
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I think they'll be pleasing for shareholders
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You can charge up to 80% in under 30 minutes.
Does doing that repeatedly have a negative effect on the longevity of the battery life?

Aka like a cell phone?
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You can charge up to 80% in under 30 minutes.
Does doing that repeatedly have a negative effect on the longevity of the battery life?

Aka like a cell phone?
You can top it off on any 110.

BMW fucked up and changed to a new plug standard that has very few networks supporting it currently. It's going to be years before there is enough compatible level 3 chargers that can be used on these cars. Currently a i3 owner will be mostly stuck using 110 OR 220... 220 takes about 3 hours to fully charge, 110 will top-off the batteries over night easily.

BMW assumes people whom buy these will be installing a 220 outlet at the house OR they'll just use 220 in public. That takes about 3 hours to fully charge the batteries.
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Ok well wake up buddy...it gets to 80% in 20 min with DC Fast Charge Option 4U7
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