Deliveries of the i3 have recorded a huge 58 per cent jump in the United States compared to the same month in the previous year.
In July 2015, a total of 935 units found new homes compared to the 1,479 this past month. What is interesting is that buyers are still opting for the current i3 in spite BMW having already announced a refreshed i3 with a much larger battery rated at 94Ah instead of 60Ah. This will provide a range of 114 miles (185 km) in EV mode, almost 40 per cent more than the current model.
Despite that significant gain in range, as well as numerous new standard features like 19-inch wheels, fast DC charging and a custom interior design package, the new i3 will only cost $1,200 more than the outgoing car.
These changes are expected to be the most significant to grace the first-generation i3 before an all-new model arrives in 2019 or 2020.
Since last year, the i3 has a rival in the for of the Chevrolet Bolt that, despite costing almost $10,000 less, has a range exceeding 200 miles.