Record sales of BMW i3 and i8

BMW has seen sales of its electric division exceed 30,000 units by the end of the first half of 2015.

The i brand was launched in November 2013, when the i3 went on sale. More than 26,000 of the five-door family cars have been sold since then.

The BMW i3 and i8 used by Formula E

The BMW i3 and i8 used by Formula E

The i range was doubled when the i8 was launched last year. So far almost 4,500 units of the striking-looking plug-in hybrid sportscar have been sold.

In June 2015, total i range sales were 2,017, a rise of 65 per cent compared to the same month in 2014.

There has been a surge in the uptake of electric vehicles across the board. Vehicles such as the i3, the Nissan LEAF and the Mitsubishi have all played an important role in advocating a switch to electric transport.

With the UK government grant cap of 50,000 registered plug-in vehicles looming ever closer (now over 40k overall), the question is whether this uptake will continue to grow without the funding?

Source: Next Green Car

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