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Six electrifying reasons to salute the new BMW i3

Since its premiere in 2013, the BMW i3 has been rated the most innovative electric vehicle in its class. The new generation not only underscores this reputation: thanks to a significantly enhanced range, new design elements and faster charging technology, the BMW i3 boasts all the more reasons to be crowned ambassador for a new mobility.

By
Michael Seitz

Not long after its premiere, the BMW i3 was already winning accolades as a revolutionary vehicle. BMW developed not only the entire vehicle architecture for the i3 from scratch, but also virtually all technical details, body and interior materials, and even the entire production chain. Even today, the compact vehicle is one of few cars on the road designed specifically for electric drive.

Growing demand and high investment in the hugely important field of battery technology have yielded significant progress in recent years in battery cell storage density. These advances are now set to benefit BMW i3 customers with immediate effect in the form of a new model with a more powerful battery. With dimensions identical to its predecessor, the new energy pack has around 50 percent more capacity; despite this, it recharges with the same speed as before thanks to its innovative three-phase charge technology. Numerous marginal improvements in energy management and the use of tyres with reduced roll resistance further enhance the BMW i3’s efficiency. So it maintains its reputation as the world’s most efficient electric vehicle with the lowest electricity costs. At the same time, the nimble, extremely light and pleasantly quiet BMW i3 boasts dynamic driving qualities like no other vehicle in its class.

Many marginal gains in energy management make the BMW i3 even more efficient than before. It maintains its reputation as the world’s most efficient electric vehicle with the lowest electricity costs.

Monitoring via smartphone: the BMW i Remote App provides updates on the battery’s charge status.

There are many reasons to salute the new BMW i3. The six that follow make BMW’s innovative electric vehicle the undisputed ambassador for sustainable mobility:

1. 200-kilometre range
With battery output of 33 kWh, the new BMW i3 (94 Ah) has over 50 percent more battery capacity. For drivers, that means a range of up to 200 kilometres in everyday traffic conditions – reliably achievable even with the air conditioning turned on. The original model with 60 Ah is still available.

2. Breathtaking acceleration
Despite higher battery cell storage density, the BMW i3 remains the lightest and sportiest electric vehicle in its class, capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 km/h in just 3.8 seconds. That puts the BMW i3 on a par with vehicles powered by a 300 hp internal combustion engine.

3. Significantly faster charging
Despite increased energy capacity, charge times take no longer thanks to more powerful charging technology for 11 kW alternating current (AC). Equipped with the superfast 50 kW direct current (DC) fast charging technology, the BMW i3 achieves a charge time equivalent to 100 kilometres in just 24 minutes.

4. New colours
The exclusive Protonic Blue exterior of the new BMW i3 flags up its strong technological kinship with the BMW i8 hybrid super sports car. This colour was previously the exclusive preserve of the futuristic BMW i8.

With the new BMW i Wallbox Connect, a fully networked system that integrates seamlessly into the home environment, the BMW i3’s batteries can be charged directly with sustainable solar-derived electricity.

Despite increased energy capacity, charge times take no longer thanks to more powerful charging technology in the BMW i3 (94 Ah).

Despite increased energy capacity, charge times take no longer thanks to more powerful charging technology in the BMW i3 (94 Ah).

5. Sustainable electricity
The new and fully connected BMW i Wallbox Connect (available from this autumn) integrates seamlessly into smart home technology of the future. The BMW i Wallbox Connect can be used to charge the BMW i3 battery cells directly with sustainable energy derived from the sun – and can even be controlled and monitored using a smartphone app.

6. Unique materials
The use of materials that make for a homelike ambience – and are unique in the auto industry – is also responsible for the unique interior character of the BMW i3. The BMW i3 with enhanced battery capacity also comes with new individual equipment options such as Dark Oak Wood trim.

*The BMW i3 is available in Germany with a EUR 4,000 environmental bonus.

Materials that create a homelike ambience and are unique in the auto industry underscore the character of the BMW i3. The BMW i3 with enhanced battery capacity also comes with new individual equipment options such as Dark Oak Wood trim.

Model facts

BMW i3 (60 Ah)

BMW i3 (94 Ah)

Electricity consumption in kWh/100 km (combined)

12,9

12,6

Pure electric range in km

190

300

Everyday range in km

-

bis zu 200

Output hp

170

170

Torque Nm

250

250

Top speed km/h

150

150

Acceleration 0–100 km/h in s

7,2

7,3

CO2 emissions in g/km (combined)

0 0

10/06/2016