For the very first time, rental car company Europcar, will offer the BMW i3 in its fleet to be driven by customers.

The BMW i3 is the most successful electric car in South Africa. It has sold more than 60 000 units worldwide.  Now Europcar offers the electric BMW i3 to their fleet that are rented and driven by Europcar customers.

“We have introduced the fully-electric, 0% emissions BMW i3 to our fleet, with sustainability in mind and looking at future trends in mobility. The BMW i3 is a unique, cost effective and innovative vehicle option for our customers”, explains Jody Naidoo, Divisional Fleet Procurement Executive for Europcar.

Naidoo says the addition of the BMW i3 adds another dimension to the Europcar fleet, which boasts over 20 000 vehicles at more than 100 locations across Southern Africa.

The BMW i3 fleet available at the Europcar Cape Town International Airport branch features the Range Extender (REX) which provides a driving range of up to 300 kilometres. It is available to rent from mid-December 2016.

The BMW i3 REX is the first volume-produced model that is driven by electric power. The innovative “i” segment provides urban dwellers with a fresh alternative and energy efficient solution – a new era of mobility.

The BMW i3 REX features a 650cc two-cylinder petrol engine with an output of 25kW, used to maintain the charge level. The electric motor has an impressive 125 kW output. It boasts a range of up to 300 kilometres.  And, it is the only vehicle in the world that uses 70% less water, 50% less energy and 100% renewable electricity for production (when compared to a standard BMW).

BMW South Africa successfully launched the BMW i brand in March 2015. Since then a total of 154 BMW i3s and 182 BMW i8s have been delivered to customers, making the BMW i3 the most successful electric vehicle.

“The local and global success of the BMW i models offers clear evidence of the growing interest in sustainable personal mobility. Achieving even greater market penetration of all-electric and plug-in hybrid drive systems depends not only on attractive cars but also committed rental companies like Avis,” says Mr Tim Abbott, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BMW Group South Africa and Sub-Sahara.

“With the roll out of the BMW i solar carport, the BMW Group is demonstrating its commitment of shaping the future of individual mobility – not only with ground-breaking products and services, but also with the global as well as local involvement in the expansion of home and publicly accessible charging infrastructure for electrically powered vehicles. With innovative services like the solar carport, BMW is the first vehicle manufacturer to offer such a broad-based EV smart-charging product to reduce costs for customers,” says Abbott.

Electric vehicle stations are located at the V&A Waterfront and BMW dealerships in Cape Town, namely Auric Auto Claremont, BMW SMG in Century City, Auto Atlantic BMW in the CBD and BMW Motorrad Donford.

Next time you travel and require a rental car, make the green choice and opt for the electric power of the BMW i3 and BMW i8 at the Europcar kiosk in Cape Town International Airport.