U.S. sales have started on the revolutionary 2014 BMW i3, with the first vehicle going to Charles Rabie, a professor at Tufts University and a long-time EV advocate. Rabie has been driving a BMW ActiveE since 2012 and picked up his new i3 at BMW of Boston. 

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Matching an aluminum chassis with a lightweight carbon fiber passenger cell, the 2014 BMW i3 is fitted 170 horsepower electric motor and a 22kWh lithium-ion battery pack that carries an official EPA rating of 81 miles per charge, although BMW claims that figure will likely run between 80-100 miles depending on driving/weather conditions. The BMW i3 will also be available with a range-extending 2-cylinder gasoline engine. Pricing for the standard i3 opens at $42,275 with the range-extending model that roughly doubles the combined distance-to-empty stat for $46,125. Both prices are before the $7,500 federal tax credit and any other applicable state and local incentives.

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"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 at the official handover ceremony. 

You can check out our take on the new 2014 BMW i3 here.

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