BMW Starts Shipping New i4 Electric Cars Early
The holidays came early for some BMW electric car buyers.
The company started sending new i4 electric cars to customers in Germany some three months early. The battery-powered coupe marks BMW’s first effort to compete with luxury electric vehicles from Tesla and Polestar, according to Autoweek.
"It is a very special moment for us when we hand over brand new models to customers for the first time," Bernhard Kuhnt, a BMW senior vice president, told the news outlet. "The BMW i4 shows in an emotional way how well fully electric mobility and sporty driving dynamics fit together. For us, it is therefore clear: the BMW i4 will offer our customers a whole new dimension of driving pleasure."
The price tag on the i4 reportedly ranges from more than $56,000 to nearly $67,000, The car is estimated to get up to 300 miles per charge, but specific capacity numbers will be released shortly before the vehicles are rolled out in the U.S.
The i4 hits the road as Tesla has proven a “surprise hit” in Germany, Autoweek’s Jay Ramey reports.
“The first deliveries of the i4 are happening against the kind of backdrop that would have been difficult to imagine even five years ago—German automakers having to catch up to an American import sedan.”
BMW Recalls Cars Over Defects
Meanwhile, BMW is having a hard time ensuring that its other vehicles are safe to drive.
The company announced in September that it was recalling some 50,000 vehicles over a brake assist defect. BMW said at the time that the problem could increase the risk of a crash.
Earlier in the year, BMW recalled some 14,000 2 Series Gran Coupes because their sunroofs are not up to federal standards meant to protect people from the unintentional operation.
BMW is not alone. Major car manufacturers recall millions of vehicles each year, citing a wide range of defects that put people’s safety at risk.
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