BMW’s revolution in public transportation made its arrival today at the 2013 edition of the LCV show in Britain. UK Transport Minister Norman Baker visited the show and checked out the electric vehicle.
He announced that the BMW i3 is eligible for the UK Government’s Plug-in Car Grant, helping to make the first zero-emission vehicle in the premium segment more affordable. The BMW i3 launches in the UK on 16 November, 2013, with prices to start at £25,680 for normal EV or £28,830 for the model equipped with the ReX range extender.
The Transport Minister (left in the photo) said: “I am delighted that BMW’s new i3 has just qualified for the Coalition Government’s Plug-in Car Grant. We have now had over 5,000 claims made for our Plug-in Car and Van Grants, which is excellent progress.”
“There are great strides being made by the auto sector in developing and building plug-in vehicles and this is supported by a Government that is fully behind this effort over the long-term.”
“There is no need to wait for the future, these technologies are with us today. New cars like the i3 will really help to bring that home to consumers.”
Suzanne Gray (right in the photo), General Manager for BMW i in the UK, welcomed the confirmation of Government support: “The UK is a key market for the success of our BMW i3. Working together with Government, city authorities and other key partners, we are confident that our exciting new approach to sustainable urban mobility will provide customers with an attractive offer for electromobility. It addresses the environmental challenges facing a growing number of countries and megacities in Europe and around the world.” Source: Autoevolution