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
BMW Group In America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since
1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in
2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include
marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW
brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and
the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic
design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon
Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW
Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global
manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all
X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. The
BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through
networks of 339 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle
centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 119 MINI passenger car dealers,
and 35 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW
Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff
Lake, New Jersey.