Prices for the new BMW i3 will start from £25,680, including the government’s £5,000 OLEV grant, when it goes on sale in the UK in November 2013.

As an alternative, the i3 will be available on a 36 month lease contract for £369 a month with a £2,995 deposit.

Prices for the range extender version, which features a 650cc two-cylinder petrol engine to charge the battery allowing for a 180 mile range on a tank of fuel, will be announced later in the year.

The BMW i3 will be sold though a network of dedicated i dealers.

The i3 can be charged from zero to 80% in three hours via an optional i Wallbox installed at the owner’s home.

Charging can also be conducted via a supplied cable which plugs into a standard mains socket.  Charging in this manner takes 10 hours by comparison.

Lastly, if a 50kW charger is available, the charge can be completed in just 30 minutes.