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BMW announces UK dealer network for i3 electric car

BMW has revealed that there will be an initial network of 46 dealerships in the UK which will be equipped to sell its first fully electric car, when the new i3 supermini launches later this year.

BMW i3

The first model to launch under BMW's 'i-Born Electric' sub-brand, the new i3 will be supported by the 46 dealerships around the country, who will have the specialist technical capabilities to allow them to carry out repairs on the car's lithium ion batteries. A wider service network is planned to offer extended coverage for the general service, maintenance and repair of BMW i vehicles.

As well as the i3, BMW plans to launch the i8-a plug-in hybrid sports car-in 2014. BMW Group UK Managing Director, Tim Abbott said customer enquiries about BMW i are already "extremely high" with more than 6,000 people registering their interest in the brand.

BMW i3 at the Park Lane, London showroom"With the announcement of our BMW i retail network we are open for business and taking deposits on the i3 and i8," he said.

"Our BMW i dealerships are located in the areas of the UK with the highest concentrations of population.

As well as the cars themselves, BMW i will encompass a range of premium services aimed at optimising the use of parking spaces, recharging infrastructure, 'smart' navigation systems, intermodal route planning and access to other BMW vehicles on an 'on-demand' basis. The German carmaker claims it is the first premium brand to offer such a comprehensive ownership package for electric car owners.

Like the i8 sports car, the  BMW i3 features a carbon-fibre reinforced plastic passenger compartment and an aluminium chassis which the company claims is 250-350kgs lighter than other EV passenger cars on the road. Using a lithium ion battery and a 125 kW/170 hp electric motor, the i3 will achieve a range of around 100 miles per charge. With peak torque of 250 Nm, the car can accelerate to 37mph in less than four seconds and can reach a top speed of 93mph.

The BMW Concept i3 is currently on display in the world's first BMW i showroom on Park Lane, London. In May, the car will feature at the Wentworth BMW PGA Championship and is then due to appear at the Canary Wharf Motorexpo in June.

Potential customers can now register their interest online at or via one of the dealerships below.

BMW i UK Sales Agents

  • Bavarian
  • Lloyd Newcastle
  • Berry Chiswick
  • North Oxford Garage
  • Benham Wolverhampton
  • Ocean Plymouth
  • BMW Park Lane
  • Rybrook Warwick
  • Bowker Preston
  • Sandal Huddersfield
  • Broad Oak Canterbury
  • Scotthall Milton Keynes
  • Chandlers Brighton
  • Soper of Lincoln
  • Cooper Croydon
  • Specialist Cars Stevenage
  • Cooper Norwich
  • Stephen James Enfield
  • Cooper Reading
  • Stratstone Derby
  • Cooper Teesside
  • Stratstone Leeds
  • Cooper Tunbridge Wells
  • Sycamore Peterborough
  • Cotswold Gloucester
  • Sytner Birmingham
  • Dick Lovett Bristol
  • Sytner Cardiff
  • Eastern Motor Company
  • Sytner Harold Wood
  • Elms Cambridge
  • Sytner High Wycombe
  • Fairfield
  • Sytner Leicester
  • Halliwell Jones Warrington
  • Sytner Sheffield
  • Harry Fairbairn Glasgow
  • Vines of Guildford
  • Jacksons Jersey
  • Westerly Exeter
  • John Clark Aberdeen
  • Williams Liverpool
  • Knights North Staffs
  • Williams Manchester
  • Lloyd Carlisle
  • Wood of Bournemouth

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Faye Sunderland

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