BMW i3&i8-1Two months ahead of order books opening for its all-new ‘i’ sub-brand of electric cars, BMW has identified a 46-strong dealer network.

Initially two BMW i cars have been confirmed for production, the i3 city car and the plug-in hybrid i8 sports car, and the network will be up and running from launch later this year.

From July, order books will open for the new i3, which is rumoured to have a £35,000 price tag. It’s scheduled to arrive in UK showrooms from October.

Featuring an all-aluminium chassis, the i3 also comes with a passenger cell made entirely from lightweight carbonfibre reinforced plastic. It will be made available in either fully electric or range-extended form.

At the other end of the scale, the i8 — which is expected to cost around £80,00 and be capable of 0-62mph in just 4.6secs —  isn’t expected to appear until next year.

BMW says more than 6000 people have already registered their interest in the ‘i’ brand.

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