BMW’s range-extended variant of the i3 electric car, the BMW i3 REx, is now just a few short steps from being delivered to hundreds of waiting reservation holders across the U.S., BMW confirmed yesterday.
With any luck, the first BMW i3 REx EVs might even be delivered to customers by this weekend, joining BMW’s all-electric i3 on the roads of the U.S.
Speaking to Green Car Reports BMW Spokesman Dave Buchko confirmed that the required EPA fuel economy tests required by law before a car can go on sale in the U.S. were completed last week and the results delivered to the German automaker on May 13. But while official EPA tests have been completed, BMW still hasn’t released the range-extended i3 to dealers yet.
It’s something BMW is working hard to rectify, says Buchko.
“We are moving as quick as possible to release the first BMW i3 Range-Extender models to BMW i Centres,” he said in an official statement. “Receipt of test data from the EPA is one step, but not the final step, in the process of receiving certification from the EPA.”
BMW hasn’t officially divulged the i3 REx’s EPA test results yet, since it is still finalizing the content of the car’s official Monroney label (otherwise known as its EPA window sticker). But with results received, it’s only a short step to the dealer forecourt and then onto customer deliveries.
“Rules do not permit the release of vehicles for sale until EPA labels are finalized, produced and affixed to any vehicle,” Buchko confirmed. “Barring any unforseen delays, we expect that to happen by the end of this week.”
While BMW delivered the first all-electric i3 cars back at the start of the month, the BMW i3 REx appears to have struggled through EPA testing procedures for some reason. While BMW hasn’t officially given reasons for this, many EV advocates and industry insiders speculate the delay was caused by either the BMW i3 REx not achieving the economy figures BMW hoped for or by problems trying to test the i3 REx — the first car of its type to go on sale in the U.S.
Whatever the reasons though, BMW i3 REx reservation holders can now start to get excited: it looks like your car will be with you very, very shortly.
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