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An Electric BMW 3 Series May Be The First Actual ‘Tesla Killer’
So far the only cars to really take on Tesla’s grip on the spirit of electric cars in the world have been the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Bolt. They’re fine cars, but they’re plastic hatchbacks. They’re not Tesla rivals in any meaningful sense.
This is why I’m excited about a new report from the German Handelsblatt, picked up by Automotive News and Reuters, which is that BMW will reportedly show the world an electric 3 Series this year. And it’s not just some lame California special, which a range of two miles before it has to spend 97 years changing. It’ll be the real deal, and it should be here by the end of the summer, apparently, per AutoNews:
Tesla has received hundreds of thousands of reservations, with a deposit of $1,000 each, for the Model 3. Tesla plans to start volume output of the Model 3 in July.
BMW declined to comment.
So while BMW is likely stabbing the 2 Series’ manual transmission in the heart, they’re at least doing something right on their panic push not to get left behind in going electric.