BMW i3 Named Green Car of the Year at 2014 LA Auto Show
The Green Car Journal.com today named the BMW i3 their “2015 Green Car of the Year”. The award, announced at the 2014 LA Auto Show, recognized the i3 as the first premium all-electric vehicle.
As much as I like the BMW i3, I think Tesla might have something to say about that.
In a press release from BMW, the automaker cites some very interesting and heartening facts about the i3. These facts portend well for the future of the industry as well.
- More than 12,000 i3s have been purchased since it’s November 2013 launch.
- It is the third most popular EV on the market
- Owners report using their i3s for daily commuting, and most of them recharge at night
Good news for the i3 can only mean good news for the Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive, the upcoming Tesla entry level EV, and others looking to add EV’s at the $30-40k MSRP price point. Although 12k cars in a calendar year isn’t that much compared to a Toyota Corolla, this game is about incremental growth, not massive sales gains. As more of these cars appear on the streets, there will more positive word of mouth spread about the i3 and EVs in general.
This award is another in a series of accolades given to the i3. Here’s what the car has won, from BMW:
Highlights to date include the UK Car of the Year Award, the Next Green Car Award, the Green Car of the Year Award, the Fleet Hero Award and a class win in the Sunday Times Top 100 Cars list (all of these in the UK), the Special Jury Award in the Swiss Car of the Year Award and a win in the French Trophées de l’Argus awards. In April 2014, a jury of motoring journalists from across the world named the BMW i3 World Green Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year.
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