The BMW i3 won't go on sale until 2013, but that hasn't stopped the company from teasing the car's smartphone app on Facebook.

The BMW i3 won't go on sale until 2013, but that hasn't stopped the company from teasing the car's smartphone app on Facebook.

Designed to go "well beyond" traditional apps, the program will allow users to remotely lock/unlock doors and view the vehicle's charging status. Additionally, owners can setup up a schedule which will allow the car to precondition itself before you head out the door. Interesting, there's also a "Smart Charging" option which likely delays the recharging process until late at night when electricity rates are lower.

Lastly, the app has an advanced routing function which combines navigation features with information about public transportation and charging stations.

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