Electric BMW i3 Electric Get More Range But Still Less Than Volt


July 29, 2013 at the same time in New York, London and Beijing, the official presentation of the production version of the compact electric hatchback BMW i3 was held. The world premiere of the novelty was held at the September motor show in Frankfurt.

Compared with the concept, first shown in the summer of 2011, the serial version of the BMW i3 does not look too radically different from the prototype. The key difference was the more traditional rear doors (the doors open against the move as on the Mazda RX-8), from which the glazing in the lower part disappeared, as well as a redesigned front with a different bumper and modified optics.

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The tiny bimmer

The interior of the model also became less futuristic, but still retained the solution used on the source with two seemingly soaring LCD displays on the front panel. The first plays the role of the instrument panel, and the larger one above the center console is responsible for displaying all the rest of the information, including the BMW ConnectedDrive service data. The overall length of the car is 157.4 in (wheelbase is 101.1″), the width is 69.8″, the height is 62.1″, the ground clearance is 5.5″. The weight of the model is 2634 lbs, and its ratio along the axes has an ideal distribution in the proportion of 50:50.

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Hybrid or Electric

The car is driven by a modern 170-horsepower electric motor, which weighs only 110 pounds and is, according to the creators, one of the most advanced power units of this class to date. With it, the hatchback scores a sixty from a place in 7.2 seconds (from 0 to 37 in 3.8 s), and the top speed reaches 93 mph. The power of the electric motor comes from lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 22 kWh, the full charge of which is sufficient for a distance of 80-120 miles, depending on the driving cycle and the selected operating mode of the power plant. At the same time, the BMW i3 can be ordered with an additional 650-cubic 34-horsepower gasoline engine, which plays the role of a generator and turns the electric motor into a serial hybrid.

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With it, the range can be increased to 186 miles. It takes 8 hours to recharge the battery from the home network, and replenishing the battery charge by 80% with a special 50-kilowatt express charger takes less than half an hour.

2017 Update

In the spring of 2016, the hatchback BMW i3 received a new set of high-capacity batteries, so that the power reserve increased by 50%. The company notes that the development of new batteries was carried out jointly with Samsung. Combined efforts, specialists managed to increase the capacity of batteries from 22 to 33 kWh, while the power reserve of the electric version of ai increased from 120 miles to 186. According to representatives of the Bavarian brand, the BMW i3 with upgraded batteries can travel more than 120 miles even in cold weather and a working climate system.

Note that a new set of batteries is available not only for the 170-hp electric BMW i3, but also for the hybrid modification. The latter additionally has a 647-cc gasoline engine, which is used to recharge the batteries, increasing the power reserve by another 93 miles. The Germans managed to maintain the previous dimensions of the new battery pack, but at the same time it was 110 lbs heavier than the previous one, which slightly affected the dynamics of the model. So, to accelerate from a none to a sixty takes 7.3 seconds (+0.1), and a hybrid – 8.1 seconds (+0.2). The maximum speed is still limited to 93 mph.

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