Head to Head: Tesla Model 3 vs. BMW i3

Price ??? Winner: Tesla Model 3
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Price – Winner: Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 is set to ship with a base price of $35,000 compared to the BMW i3’s $42,400, though the comparison gets more complicated when you consider the incentives. The federal tax credit of $7,500 may be available to many more i3 buyers than Model 3 customers.

Currently, the federal government grants a tax credit of $7,500 for the purchase of an electric vehicle, but each manufacturer is limited to selling 200,000 vehicles before that credit begins to taper off. Tesla may reach that cap with the sales of Model S and Model X vehicles before many, if any, Model 3s are delivered. In that scenario, the BMW i3 comes out $100 cheaper after its federal tax credit.

BMW is much further away from the 200,000 vehicle cap than Tesla is.

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