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.