BMW Celebrates the First Year of the i3

This month marks the first anniversary of the launch of the BMW i3 in the US. The first car went to Boston resident, Charles Rabie on May 2nd, 2015, the second, to our very own New Jersey resident, Pamela Thwaite, a.k.a. ElectraGirl and New York resident Eddie Bortell.

i3 Arrival Happy Days

ElectraGirl taking delivery of the second 2014 BMW i3

The cars had arrived at port in the US earlier in the month with the first deliveries starting on May 3rd, 2015. Last minute issues over the Monroney sticker on the models with range extenders installed, delayed their delivery by nearly a month until May 2ist, with another New Jersey resident, Tom Moloughney taking first delivery of that model.

Tom Moloughney taking delivery of the first 2014 BMW i3 REX

Tom Moloughney with Manny Antunes taking delivery of the first 2014 BMW i3 REX

The i3 was born to be a city car, indeed, its prototype was named the Mega-City car however, many owners have taken to the car as their primary vehicle pushing milages far beyond city limits. Aided by the gasoline range-extender, Tom Moloughney drove his up to Vermont, a total of 462 miles there and back.

Ariel view of Crevier during the celebration of the BMW i3 first Anniversary. Photo courtesy of Roman Vasquez

Ariel view of Crevier during the celebration of the BMW i3 first Anniversary. Photo courtesy of Roman Vasquez

One year on and BMW have sold more than 20,000 examples globally of this clean-sheet interpretation of what the electric car should look like for a city environment. To celebrate, a few members of the i3 Facebook group – that started life with the first orders in 2013 – gathered together to plan an anniversary, BMW were invited and before long the event turned into a nationwide celebration with dealers across the US participating. Those that did, offered t-shirts and badges to attendees as well as raffling JuiceBox Pro 40 EVSEs.

Here’s looking forwards to the second anniversary!

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  • CDspeed

    BMW sent me a gift I received today, harman/kardon Bluetooth headphones with the i logo stamped on each side. And they sent me a thumb drive shaped like the i logo a few months back.

    • Michael Thwaite

      Yeah, pushing out the boat there. Nice!