The i3 is BMW's first zero emissions mass-produced vehicle due to its electric powertrain. BMW is the first company to launch a volume production vehicle in the market featuring carbon-fiber reinforced plastic to improve the vehicle's energy consumption.

BMW i3 also the first car to be launched under BMW’s sub-brand BMW i is powered by a 125 kw motor run by lithium-ion batteries and can deliver around 150 km on a single charge.

The car measures less than 4m in length and the body sits on an all aluminium rolling chassis. The BMW i3 has a number of charging functions and can be charged from a conventional socket.

BMW showcased a BMW i3 prototype during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and the production version was later unveiled in July 2013.