BMW to Boost Output of Electric Vehicle

BMW will increase production of its i3 electric vehicle by around 40 percent, the German automaker said on Tuesday.

Demand for the model has remained strong in Europe since it was released there in November. The carmaker plans to release it in other markets including Korea and the U.S. soon.

BMW will increase daily production from 70 to 100 units at its plant in Leipzig, Germany. The i3 can drive for up to 160 km on a single charge and deliver a maximum of 170 horsepower.

The i3 /Courtesy of BMW Korea The i3 /Courtesy of BMW Korea

The luxury carmaker has already received orders for over 10,000 units, but buyers will have to wait at least six months to receive the car. Total production to date stands at around 5,000 units.

With the i3 scheduled to hit showrooms here on April 24, BMW Korea is gearing up to boost sales of the strategic model for this year by installing electric chargers at over 60 E-Mart stores.

englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 17, 2014 10:02 KST