BMW pulls wraps off i3 electric car

BMW pulls wraps off i3 electric car

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: The BMW i8 concept vehicle is displayed at a sneak preview of the car along with the BMW i3 on November 9, 2011 in New York City. The fully electric BMW i3 and the hybrid BMW i8 are the first electric and hybrid-electric vehicles to use primarily carbon fiber that is a strong and lightweight material that that could significantly reduce fuel consumption and emissions. Both vehicles will make their official North American debuts at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 16 and 17. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on July 29, 2013 at 9:21 AM

FRANKFURT, Germany -- BMW AG is showing off the production model of its new i3 electric compact that uses carbon-fiber materials to keep the weight down and improve driving performance.

CEO Norbert Reithofer stressed at a New York unveiling that the car was designed as an electric from the ground up. The i3 is “born electric,” he said.

The company says the i3, built in Leipzig, Germany, will go from zero to 100kph (zero to 62 mph) in 7.2 seconds. Its range is billed as 130-160 kilometers (80-100 miles). Models with an optional range extender gas engine can go as far as 300 kilometers (200 miles.)

The car goes on sale in November in Germany and other European markets starting at 34,950 euros ($46,000) and reaches the U.S., Japan and China next year.

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