BMW i3 REx Rated by EPA at 117 MPGe: Deliveries Already Under Way

This morning, we brought you news that BMW was likely days away from delivering its first BMW i3 REx range-extended EV to a U.S. customer after BMW North America confirmed that it was in receipt of official EPA gas mileage ratings.

It's official: the BMW i3 REx has its EPA ratings, and deliveries have already started! (photo: Tom Moloughney)

It’s official: the BMW i3 REx has its EPA ratings, and deliveries have already started! (photo: Tom Moloughney)

This afternoon, BMW made those ratings public — and delivered its first i3 REx electric car to long-time EV advocate and former BMW MiniE and ActiveE Electronaut Tom Moloughney.

As the official BMW i3 REx Monroney sticker details, the 2014 BMW i3 REx is capable of a combined fuel economy of 117 miles per gallon equivalent combined. That’s less than the 124 MPGe rating of its all-electric i3 EV sibling, but nonetheless the highest EPA rating of any range-extended electric car on the market today.

In gas-only mode however, the BMW i3 REx fares less well, with its tiny two-cylinder range-extending engine managing just 39 MPG when the on-board battery pack is depleted.

Since the i3 REx’s tiny gasoline engine is designed for only occasional use though, we’d guess most owners will see fuel economy figures well into the triple digits for everyday use, although it’s worth noting the i3 REx’s range is a little down on that of its all-electric brother, managing 71 miles per charge versus the i3 EV’s 82 miles to empty.

With the official gas mileage released and window stickers applied, BMW’s next duty today was delivery of the first U.S. i3 REx — to what must be its biggest fan and advocate, New Jersey restauranteur Tom Moloughney.

Moloughney, who has been driving BMW electric cars since it started its MiniE lease program, posted a status update on his Facebook page a few minutes ago sharing the good news.

First BMW i3 REx in the U.S.

Tom Moloughney confirmed he’s the first BMW i3 REx customer in the U.S. via Facebook earlier today.

As BMW’s highest-mileage MiniE driver, Moloughney was the first ‘Electronaut’ to get his hands on the ActiveE when its trails started two years ago, so we’re pleased to see he’s also the first to get a BMW i3 REx.

Like the BMW i3 EV rollout a few weeks back, we’re guessing BMW will be pushing forward with as many i3 REx deliveries as possible over coming days — so if you’re one of the lucky reservation holders you too may soon get your hands on your new ride.

Be sure to tell us what it’s like in the Comments below, and on behalf of the Team at Transport Evolved, congratulations Tom!

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  • Dennis Pascual

    EF-OPEC lives on in its third incarnation… This time, OPEC will have a fingerhold on Tom and his 1.9 gallon fuel tank.nnnCongratulations Tom!

  • Surya

    I’m a bit surprised at the 39mpg. It’s not bad, but it’s not great either, especially for a car on which they worked so hard to get it light.

    • Alex

      Strange indeed, especially when compared to the Volt that has a larger, more powerful engine that is in a heavier car and it gets better mpg than a Rex… However, of you plan your trips right, you’ll not be using the generator much at all… Just enough to prevent the gas from degrading…

  • I like the design and REx capability but…I sure hope BMW comes up with some attractive lease prices someday soon. When I got a quote from our local BMW dealer in So Cal, it was $800/month. I decided on a LEAF instead for $220/month. I know it’s not an apples to apples comparison, but I just couldn’t justify that high $800 for what I think should be in the mid $300’s or maybe $400. I don’t want to “buy” technology that’s likely/hopefully going to improve rapidly in the next 3-5 years because I think it will be difficult to sell it after ~5 years.

    • Dennis Pascual

      Mike the lease rate is closer to $500 now for the BEV and $50 more for the REX.

      • Thanks Dennis. Not as low as I want/need but much lower than that $800 I was initially quoted.