BMW launches electric car

2013-07-29 17:09
The new four-seat electric BMW i3 electric car has a lightweight carbon fibre reinforced plastic body. (Tom Kirkpatrick,BMW/AP)

The new four-seat electric BMW i3 electric car has a lightweight carbon fibre reinforced plastic body. (Tom Kirkpatrick,BMW/AP)

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Frankfurt - BMW is showing off the production model of its new i3 electric compact that uses carbon-fiber materials to keep the weight down and improve driving performance.

CEO Norbert Reithofer stressed at a New York unveiling that the car was designed as an electric from the ground up. The i3 is "born electric," he said.

The company says the i3, built in Leipzig, Germany, will go from zero to 100km/h in 7.2 seconds. Its range is billed as 130-160km. Models with an optional range extender petrol engine can go as far as 300km.

The car goes on sale in November in Germany and other European markets starting at $46 000 and reaches the US, Japan and China next year.

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