Article By Richard Aucock

BMW cuts i3 prices to benefit from Plug-in Car Grant

BMW has reduced prices of both the i3 and the sporty i3S to make sure both models are still eligible for the revised £2,500 Plug-in Car Grant

Prices for the BMW i3 EV now start from £33,805, meaning it remains eligible for the revised £2,500 government Plug-in Car Grant.

This takes the price of the basic BMW i3 down to £31,305.

The sporty BMW i3S has also received a price cut, to £34,805 – or, £32,305 post-grant.

BMW reduced the prices of its pioneering i3 following the government’s recent decision to restrict the Plug-in Car Grant to cars priced under £35,000, rather than £50,000.

The value of the grant was also cut from £3,000 to £2,500.

It should help further the unstoppable sales growth of the i3: more than 22,000 have been sold here since launch in 2013 – and, last year, sales actually rose, despite the overall new car market falling by 30%.

With more than 200,000 sold globally, BMW says the i3 is the world’s most successful premium compact EV.

The regular i3 has an EV driving range of between 182-190 miles on the WLTP cycle, while the i3S can travel 150-173 miles.

BMW adds it is planning to have 13 pure EVs on the road by 2023, with sales of its electric car range set to hit the 2 million mark by 2025.

Several other car brands have recently cut prices to ensure their EVs remain eligible for the Plug-in Car Grant, including Kia and Citroen.

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