Buying a BMW i3 REx? Here’s What Californian Perks You’ll Be Entitled To.

Last week we reported on the fact that the upcoming BMW i3 with range extender (REx), counter to the expectation of many – including BMW, will not be eligible for California’s White Sticker to allow it access to the high occupancy vehicle (carpool) lane.

To clear up the confusion over what incentives drivers of the pure-electric i3 and the i3 REx will be able to claim our friends at Green Car Reports have done the leg work and come up with a comprehensive list.

Coach doors give easy access to the rear of the i3 -- but only after you've opened the front doors.

Coach doors give easy access to the rear of the i3 — but only after you’ve opened the front doors.

White or Green

As expected, any owner of the battery-only i3 will be able to claim one of the coveted White Stickers; whereas drivers of the range extended version won’t be able to. This alone could sway a lot of people toward the all-electric version of the car – something which, having spoken to a few BMW representatives, would be seen as a positive in BMW’s eyes.

However the i3 REx will be able to apply for the Green Sticker which conveys the same perks. The catch, the Green Sticker scheme has a limited run of 40,000 and with nearly three quarters of the green stickers already allocated, it will only be the very first i3 REx owners who are able to get it.

Tax Credits and Rebates

First, the good news: Regardless of which version of the i3 is bought, drivers will be able to apply for a credit of up to $7,500 on their Federal income taxes for the year in which they purchased the car.

But when it comes to the Californian purchase rebate there is a difference: The pure-electric i3 will get $2500 off of the purchase price while the i3 REx will only get $1500.

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