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Official: BMW i3 starts production in Germany using local wind power, US carbon fiber

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BMW i3 Starts Production

The time has come for BMW to stop talking about the i3 electric city car – something that it has been doing for quite a while – and start building. That’s what happened today at the company’s plant in Leipzig, Germany, and the event was powered, in part, by wind turbines.

There’s a lot that’s new for BMW with the i3, including a carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) body and an EV powertrain with optional range extending engine. In fact, BMW is proud that CFRP manufacturing on this “industrial-scale” is coming to the auto industry for the first time with the i3. The material is shipped over from a plant in Moses Lake, WA, one part of the production network for the i vehicles (which also includes the upcoming i8) that BMW says cost around 600-million euros ($801M US).

The first production i3 will make its way to the German capital to act as the lead car in the Berlin Marathon at the end of the month. The model will be available to the European public in November and in the US and other areas in early 2014. Once the car is available out in the wild, there will be more new things for BMW to try, like potential mass market EV advertising and bot “salespeople.” Check out our First Drive of the i3 here.

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