BMW is about to find out if their electric gamble is going to pay off as the company has just delivered the first i3s to German customers.

BMW is about to find out if their electric gamble is going to pay off as the company has just delivered the first i3s to German customers.

During a special ceremony at BMW Welt, BMW Board Member Ian Robertson presented keys to a handful of buyers including Christine Haderthauer who is the head of the Bavarian State Chancellor’s Office and State Minister for Federal Affairs and Special Tasks.

In a speech, Robertson said “Today marks a milestone in the history of the BMW Group, as we hand over our first BMW i premium electric vehicle to customers. In doing so, we are bringing sustainable mobility to the roads."

As we have previously reported, the i3 has a 22 kWh lithium-ion battery which powers an electric motor that develops 170 HP (125 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 7.2 seconds, hit a top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph) and travel 130 – 160 kilometers (81 – 99 miles) on a single charge.

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BMW officially enters the electric era as the first i3s are delivered