The 2024 date comes from an article published right at the end of 2019.
https://ecomento.de/2019/12/12/bmw-i3-w ... tergebaut/
The new BMW boss, who took office in the middle of the year, confirmed in October that the brand's first - and so far only - all-electric car will be built for a longer period of time. At the time, Oliver Zipse did not reveal for what period the i3 small car, launched in 2013, will still be available - another BMW manager has now made up for that.
“The i 3 will continue to be built into 2024,” said the spokesman for the Leipzig plant, Julian Friedrich, on Wednesday for the Leipziger Volkszeitung. Few expected that the series would continue to roll off the production line for so long. Although the i3 has been improved again and again and now offers significantly more range than when it was first introduced, more and more modern electric vehicles are entering the market.
BMW actually updates its models after seven years at the latest - or even discontinues them in individual cases. A spokeswoman told the Leipziger Volkszeitung that this is handled differently with the i3 by saying that the electric car is "very successful". According to the manufacturer, sales are growing year after year, "in Europe this year by around 20 percent," said Zipse in October.
The fact that the i3 is being built is also due to the fact that no direct successor is planned for it. BMW's current focus on electric cars is on other segments and models, so the i3 should continue to appeal to customers with an interest in smaller electric cars for the time being.
i3 earns money for BMW
In future, BMW will produce its new battery-powered models on the basis of flexible architectures that enable a production line with hybrids and conventional combustion engines. The i3, on the other hand, is elaborately manufactured with its own production and lightweight construction using carbon. The investments have already been written off and each vehicle earns money for the company. “Why in God's name should we give up this car, which is now at the height of its time? We are sure: the i3 still has great potential, ”said Zipse.
In order for the i3 to remain competitive, BMW intends to further upgrade the technology - Zipse has announced that the model will "make another leap" in terms of battery and operating concept. The i3, which costs from 38,000 euros, can currently cover 359 kilometers on one charge in accordance with the NEDC standard; according to BMW, up to 260 kilometers are possible in everyday life.
The i8, the second series of BMW's electric sub-brand i, will no longer be built, unlike the i3. In December, the 20,000th NEDC model of the sports car with plug-in hybrid drive and 55 kilometers of purely electric range was manufactured. The anniversary vehicle is a roadster from the Ultimate Sophisto Edition, which is limited to 200 pieces. The i8, which has been available since 2014, will expire next year; a direct successor is not planned as with the i3.
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