In a special event at BMW Welt, 18 final units of the BMW i3s have been delivered, marking the epilogue of one of the trailblazers for vehicle electrification. With a little over 250,000 units assembled over nine years, the i3 and i3s have been sold in more than 74 countries around the world.
All of the 18 units were sold to Munich-based car rental company CarVia, and were painted in Galvanic Gold Metallic combined with Glossy Black for some of the panels. The Golden i3s will be offered for rent at a rate of EUR44.10 per day.
The BMW i3s is powered by a 33.2-kWh battery that provides up to 245 km of range (WLTP). A single electric motor capable of 184 hp and 270 Nm drives the rear wheels, giving a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 6.9 seconds. Closer to home, the BMW i3s was officially sold in Malaysia at a price of RM278,800 between 2019 to 2020.
Although the i3/i3s was sold worldwide in over 74 countries, it never actually made it to China. However, the “i3” name was bestowed upon a China-exclusive electric version of the G20 BMW 3 Series in the People’s Republic.
The delivery of the final units of the BMW i3s makes way for the “i3” name to be transferred onto the global electric BMW 3 Series that is set to debut in 2025. Tasked with spearheading BMW’s Neue Klasse platform, the upcoming electric BMW 3 Series will launch together with a “Sporty” EV SUV, rumoured to be the next-generation BMW iX3.