BMW i3 electric vehicle on its way to LAPD for first US authority fleet testing

Article by Christian A., on October 14, 2015

The Los Angeles Police Department received a BMW i3 electric vehicle as a loan from BMW i. This marks the first test of the i3 at an authority fleet in the United States. Donning the LAPD black and white livery, with rooftop light-bar, the BMW i3 will be loan-tested for 12 months, during which the EV may also be featured at public events around Los Angeles.

LAPD can take full advantage of the i3’s compact size and agility, especially during its law enforcement runs. These benefits come because of the i3’s lightweight Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic construction.

Additionally, the BMW i3 features a very tight turning circle, which is a plus factor when trying to maneuver through the streets of Los Angeles. With the loan, LAPD will be given access to the carmaker’s local network of BMW i Centers for a convenient servicing of the loaned vehicle.

According to Christine Fleischer, Manager of BMW i for BMW of North America, LAPD’s decision to undertake the first authority fleet testing of the BMW i3 underscores the car’s attributes as a versatile, sustainable vehicle.

He noted that with the i3’s innovative design and construction, it perfectly fits with LAPD’s technology-driven research philosophy. He added that the evaluation will be a valuable learning experience for both LAPD and the carmaker.

BMW i3 is the German carmaker’s first production EV and is the first BMW i vehicle to be made primarily from carbon fiber. BMW i3 is also the first BMW i vehicle to enter the United States market.

BMW i3 is powered by a hybrid-synchronous electric motor electrified by a 22-kWh lithium-ion battery. This motor provides up to 170 hp of output and 184 lb-ft of torque and allows drivers to travel on pure electric power between 80 miles and 100 miles.

Interestingly, the i3’s sustainability is not just about its emission-free driving, but also by the fact the processes and the materials used in creating the i3 are all from sustainable sources. The BMW i3 has a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $42,400.

A range-extender version of the i3 starts at $46,250. The prices exclude any federal or applicable state incentives.

BMW i is the BMW Group’s sustainable brand focused on creating solutions for present and future mobility issues at major cities around the world. BMW I’s sustainable approach involves extensive use of recycled, renewable raw and naturally treated materials as well as the implementation of resource-efficient production processes.

Press Release


BMW i today announced that it will loan the Los Angeles Police Department a BMW i3 electric vehicle for twelve months in the first US test of the innovative EV in an authority fleet. The BMW i3 test vehicle, which sports the famous LAPD black and white livery, complete with rooftop light-bar, will undergo a year of rigorous testing. It will also be featured at public events throughout the loan period.

“The decision by the Los Angeles Police Department to undertake this evaluation highlights the compelling nature of the BMW i3 as a versatile, sustainable vehicle,” noted Christine Fleischer, Manager – BMW i for BMW of North America. “By virtue of its innovative design and construction from leading-edge materials, the i3 is a brilliant fit with the technology-driven research philosophy of the LAPD. This will be a valuable learning experience for both BMW and the Department.”

The LAPD will benefit from the compact size and agility, thanks to the light-weight Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic construction of the BMW i3. The very tight turning circle of the i3 will make maneuvring around the streets of Los Angeles a breeze. The LAPD will have access to the large, conveniently located network of BMW i Centers, making servicing of an i3 fleet convenient and cost effective.

Watch for the “LAPD” BMW i3 on the streets and at events around Los Angeles over the coming months.

About the BMW i3, the company’s first-ever production electric vehicle

The BMW i3 is the first of the BMW i vehicles constructed from the ground up primarily of carbon fiber to enter the U.S. market. With 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque hybrid-synchronous electric motor, the fully electric BMW i3 is electrified by a 22-kWh lithium-ion battery, good for 80-100 miles of emission-free driving. Agile and engaging to drive, the BMW i3 is ideally suited for dense urban areas. Every aspect of the BMW i3 has been conceived for sustainability. The carbon fiber used to create the i3 is produced using hydro-electric power. The BMW i production facility in Leipzig, Germany draws much of its power from wind energy. Even the interior of the BMW i3 was created using sustainably-sourced materials.

The BMW i3 has a base MSRP of $42,400 and the range-extender model starts at $46,250, before any federal or applicable state incentives.

About BMW i

BMW i is the BMW Group’s forward-looking and sustainable brand dedicated to solving many of the mobility challenges faced by the world’s most densely populated cities. The all-encompassing approach of BMW i includes the extensive use of recycled, renewable raw and naturally treated materials, alongside an extremely resource-efficient production method.

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