First US BMW i3 Delivered; Gets 81-Mile EPA Range

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First owner is Charles Rabie, a professor and electric-car enthusiast from Boston.

After years of speculation and several generations of concepts, the BMW i3 electric-vehicle has finally reached its first American customer. Delivered to Professor Charles Rabie of Tufts University, the car was sold by BMW of Boston. The delivery coincided with the i3's official rating from the EPA, which stated that the Bimmer's 22-kWh battery can run a range of 81 miles on a full charge. In MPGes, that makes 138 city, 111 highway and 124 on the combined cycle.

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Rabie is apparently well-versed in the intricacies of owning an electric-car. He previously drove a BMW ActiveE, and is considered to be an EV enthusiast. Hundreds of other pre-ordered i3s are now awaiting owners at a vehicle distribution center in Jersey City, NJ.

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