It was arguably the most successful electric vehicle in the world in the premium compact segment. The BMW 13, the Group’s first mass production car with an all-electric drive since its debut in 2013, has officially closed.
BMW has announced that it is ending production of the i3 at its factory in Leipzig, Germany. But as a final toast to a successful run, the automaker has come to the final edition called the i3 HomeRun. Only limited to 10 vehicles, this very exclusive i3 is offered in two BMW Individual Frozen exterior finishes: Frozen Dark Gray and Frozen Red II. The HomeRun Edition also has special 20-inch wheels and a clutch of optional items as standard, including adaptive headlights, electric glass roof and solar control windows. It also gets an elegant suite interior with plenty of leather, navigation and Harman Kardon sound.
An iconic car in many ways
The BMW i3 was launched as an exotic and strange offering in the early stages of the electric vehicle market. But when the final whistle blew, the BMW i3 became something of a certified icon.
In many markets, it achieved a significantly larger market share in the electric vehicle segment than the BMW brand in the area of conventionally powered cars. In all, a total of 250,000 units of the award-winning compact e-vehicle were produced for various global markets — The BMW i3 was sold in over 74 countries around the world. But all the vehicles left the BMW factory in Leipzig. As Milan Nedeljković, Member of the Management Board for Production at BMW AG, said: “Thanks to the BMW i3, the Leipzig plant has become the birthplace of electric mobility at BMW”.
The future of the Leipzig factory
Now, in a seamless transition, the Leipzig plant will manufacture e-drive components with immediate effect, in addition to producing high-voltage battery modules, which it has been doing since May 2021. In addition, next year, the next generation of the MINI Countryman will be manufactured in the same location – with an all-electric drive, among other things.
The BMW Group factory in Leipzig will be the first location in the company’s global production network where the BMW and MINI models are manufactured together. It will become the electric mobility and component supply hub for the group’s worldwide production network.
The production of the ten HomeRun special models was a final highlight not only for the employees involved in their production at the BMW Group factory in Leipzig, as customers of the special models were able to witness the completion of the vehicles in the assembly hall.