BMW has revealed the UK sales network for its electric and hybrid i-brand range of vehicles.
There will be a network of 46 dealers in place which will offer the fully-electric BMW i3 megacity vehicle and the plug-in hybrid BMW i8 sports car. Each centre will have specialist technical capabilities allowing them to carry out repairs to the vehicles’ high voltage batteries. A wider service network is planned to offer extended coverage for the general service, maintenance and repair of BMW i vehicles.
BMW i UK dealerships
|Berry Chiswick||North Oxford Garage|
|Benham Wolverhampton||Ocean Plymouth|
|BMW Park Lane||Rybrook Warwick|
|Bowker Preston||Sandal Huddersfield|
|Broad Oak Canterbury||Scotthall Milton Keynes|
|Chandlers Brighton||Soper of Lincoln|
|Cooper Croydon||Specialist Cars Stevenage|
|Cooper Norwich||Stephen James Enfield|
|Cooper Reading||Stratstone Derby|
|Cooper Teesside||Stratstone Leeds|
|Cooper Tunbridge Wells||Sycamore Peterborough|
|Cotswold Gloucester||Sytner Birmingham|
|Dick Lovett Bristol||Sytner Cardiff|
|Eastern Motor Company||Sytner Harold Wood|
|Elms Cambridge||Sytner High Wycombe|
|Halliwell Jones Warrington||Sytner Sheffield|
|Harry Fairbairn Glasgow||Vines of Guildford|
|Jacksons Jersey||Westerly Exeter|
|John Clark Aberdeen||Williams Liverpool|
|Knights North Staffs||Williams Manchester|
|Lloyd Carlisle||Wood of Bournemouth|
The BMW i3 is BMW’s first fully-electric production car and is due to go on sale in the UK in late 2013.
BMW Group UK managing director, Tim Abbott said customer enquiries about BMW i are already “extremely high” with more than 6,000 people registering their interest in the i-brand.
“With the announcement of our BMW i retail network we are open for business and taking deposits on the i3 and i8,” he said.
“Our BMW i dealerships are located in the areas of the UK with the highest concentrations of population.”
Potential customers can now register their interest with one of the BMW i agents or online at www.bmw-i.co.uk.
As well as the vehicles themselves, BMW i will encompass a range of “premium services” for mobility aimed at optimising the use of parking spaces, recharging infrastructure, ‘smart’ navigation systems, intermodal route planning and access to other BMW vehicles on an ‘on-demand’ basis.
BMW is the first premium vehicle manufacturer to offer such a comprehensive ownership package surrounding electric mobility.
“With BMW i, we are offering game-changing technology that will revolutionise the way we move through a completely new driving and ownership experience,” said Abbott.
The BMW Concept i3 is currently on display in the world’s first BMW i showroom on Park Lane, London. In May, the car will feature at the Wentworth BMW PGA Championship and is then due to appear at the Canary Wharf Motorexpo in June.
The reveal of the BMW i-brand dealer network with physical showrooms across major UK towns and cities does contradict a recent Frost & Sullivan web-conference which claimed “the role of the traditional dealer would be diminished” in relation to sale of the i3 and i8.
According to Sarwant Singh, Frost & Sullivan partner and practice director, visionary innovation research group and automotive & transportation, the BMW’s i3 and i8 cars would likely be sold directly online and feature in digital dealerships much like Audi City.