The BMW i3, for the third consecutive month, topped
West Europe’s electric best sellers’ list last month and is third in the year-to-date listing behind the still segment
leading Renault Zoe and Nissan’s second placed Leaf.
BMW’s grip on West Europe’s largely static market for pure electric cars, a segment long typified by
Nissan’s Leaf, has continued to strengthen a great deal, and its substantial inroads appear to come mainly out
of Leaf’s pockets.
A case in point, and at a time of little overall segment growth, Nissan’s Leaf appears to
be losing out to its only recently upgraded BMW rival.
Norway, Europe’s most significant and most closely watched electric car market illustrates the sudden fast
run from BMW’s i3.
October’s i3 sales in Norway shot up by more than half to a segment-leading 503 units, thanks in part to the
recent showroom debut of the higher range model with a more potent 94 Ah battery pack.
Unlike the 60Ah model, which remains on sale, the upgraded 94Ah derivative is now credited with a 300km range under
ideal conditions. Even under normal every day driving conditions, it should still be capable of a 200km pure
electric driving range, according to BMW...more
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