Boomer23 wrote:It's a bit early to make the assumption that QC would be superfluous. We don't yet know what the car's performance will be in RE mode. Also, early estimates put the REx option cost at $4k or more. For those who want to go all electric and avoid the cost/complexity/weight/maintenance of REx, QC is a viable issue to consider.
Because BMW is a super premium brand in Japan the range extender will not add anything appreciable to the price. From what I've read the standard i3 in the US will have a range extender. No reason not to make it the same in Japan. A whole lot cheaper than designing a car for a tiny market.
Assuming the range extender does cost $4K, seems like a bargain. IIRC I paid $1500 for a QC. I've used the QC a few times but a range extender would have been 10X more useful.
I think BMW just may be aiming for slightly higher I3 sales in Japan, than six...
OK. I exaggerated. Sixty!
Seriously they won't sell many of these in Japan. If you just do a simple proportion and use BMW's (overly optimistic) estimates for i3 sales you get a number well under a thousand. Even that seems optimistic to me. Given that Nissan is struggling to sell more than 700 Leafs a month, and the i3 will be more expensive, fifty a month would be exceptional.
On the Chinese market, that's a different standard altogether.