Spyshots: BMW i3 Testing in China

BMW i3 Spyshots in China 4 photos
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While everyone is looking for the i3 in all the wrong places, it seems like the Bavarian manufacturer decided to test its future all-electric city-car in the most populated country in the world, China.

It makes sense to test the i3 in the communist country. After all, recent discoveries showed that the Great Chinese Wall is not visible from space, but the smog over Chinese cities is. That has to be dealt with in one way or another.

The i3 was spotted in the same blue camouflage we’ve been getting used to since we first saw it testing. One interesting thing about this particular vehicle is that it has a Beijing license plate but it was spotted in Shanghai. Those two cities are 1200 km (750 miles) away so the test might’ve been orientated towards the range extender feature that will be available for the all-electric car.

Our latest reports said that the so-called range-extender feature (that is a 2-cylinder motorcycle engine) will be built by Taiwanese scooter manufacturer, Kymco, with which BMW has already collaborated before, on some of its motorcycles. Considering Taiwan is closer to China than Germany, this might actually be why the i3 is testing its range in Asia.

Either way, expect the i3 to be launched this fall and prices will be around $40,000 (€30,000) with a possible $7,500 (€5,600) federal tax credit for the American customers (not yet confirmed by BMW).
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