BMW is already working on its next electric vehicle, likely called the i5, despite the fact that the i3 is only on sale in Europe currently.
“You can probably take an educated guess at the next thought process, something a little bigger, maybe a little more range, relative to the i3,” Jacob Harb, head of electric vehicle operations and strategy for BMM told Autoblog Green when asked about the upcoming BMW i car. “We’ve got everything trademarked and we’re exploring the best, next iteration. It is coming. It’s in development now.”
The German automaker is investing heavily into its i sub-brand, and to celebrate the launch of the i3, a special Electronaut Edition will be available. Though Harb declined to reveal details, the Electronaut Edition i3 will be upgraded at no additional cost with “options and features” that will differentiate the car from the outside.
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U.S. deliveries of the BMW i3 won’t begin until March, but curiosity has already given BMW a reason to be optimistic. Harb attributes the early interest to the electronaut program that consisted of the MINI E and Active E.
Speaking of the Active E’s eletronaut program, those lease participants could get their leases extended if they’re interested in getting into an i3. As a thanks to contributing to the program, Active E Electronauts will be getting the first i3 cars heading to America.
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