The new BMW i3 electric car has been confirmed for the Singapore market, and will go on sale in the republic by mid 2014. This was announced along with the appointment of Performance Motors Ltd (PML) as the sole authorised dealership in Singapore for BMW i, BMW’s new sub-brand for its electric cars.

With this appointment, PML, which is part of the Sime Darby Group, will be equipped with specialist technical abilities that will enable them to carry out repairs to the BMW i vehicles’ high voltage batteries. A wider service network is also planned to offer extended coverage for the general service, maintenance and repair of the vehicles.

“As the most sustainable car brand in the world, BMW has always been clear on its strategy to build cars that are powerful yet fuel efficient and low on CO2 emissions. With the arrival of BMW i, we have most definitely taken this effort to a new level by setting new benchmarks across the industry,” said Mr Neil Fiorentinos, MD of BMW Group Asia.


“Through the appointment of Performance Motors Ltd as our official BMW i dealer in Singapore, we are confident that they will be able to grow the sub-brand to greater heights when the BMW i3 starts retailing locally in Singapore next year,” he added.

BMW i vehicles are purpose-built EVs drawn from scratch. Designed with a unique LifeDrive architecture, the main body (Life Module) of the cars is made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP, also used in F1) that is not only very light but tougher than steel.

The aluminium chassis (Drive Module), meanwhile, has been devised specially to house the bulky battery to ensure better driving dynamics and overall balance. We’ve already detailed the production BMW i3 along with a hi-res gallery – click here to view.


Apart from retailing electric cars, BMW i will encompass a range of premium services for mobility poised 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.

Will Malaysia get the BMW i3 as well? If yes, when? Another BMW i model that has been confirmed for production is the BMW i8 hybrid supercar.