Bmw has finally unveiled the i3, the first series-produced model by the Bmw I brand. The electric motor found on the Bmw i3 develops a maximum output of 170 hp (125 kW) and 250 Nm of torque (184 lb-ft). Power is delivered to the rear wheels and the Bmw i3 is able to zoom from 0 to 62 mph in 7.3 seconds, while the top speed is limited to 93 mph or 150 km/h.
Bmw will be offered with a Range Extender for those who want a better range, consisting of a 650cc two-cylinder four-stroke petrol engine delivering 34 hp. This petrol engine is mounted next to the electric motor above the rear axle. The Bmw i3 has a range of 80-100 miles (129-160 km), while with the Range Extender the range is increased to 160-186 miles (257-300 km). In the United Kingdom, the Bmw i3 costs £25,680 or £28,830 with the Range Extender.
However, leasing is expected to be favoured by customers and the monthly rates are highly competitive. Starting at £369p/m for a 36 month contract and rising to £480p/m for an i3 Range Extender in Suite.
In the United States, the Bmw i3 has a base MSRP of $41,350, before any federal or state incentives, and before Destination & Handling fee (currently $925). Both BMW i3 models include a three-year, unlimited mileage vehicle warranty and an eight-year, 100,000 mile battery warranty. The Bmw i3 is available with four different interior worlds: Standard, Loft, Lodge and Suite.
These allow customers to change the look and feel of the interior. All worlds feature sustainable materials such as sustainably sourced wood, natural fibres and naturally tanned leather. The Bmw i3 has a total weight of 1195 kg and a length of 3999 mm, width of 1775 and a height of 1578. The wheelbase measures 2570 mm.
Featuring a single ratio gearbox which is mounted to the end of the electric motor, the Bmw i3 offers three driving modes: Comfort, Eco Pro and Eco Pro+. The Driving Range Assistant featured as part of the navigation an be invaluable for both route planning and the current journey. If the destination you selected in the navigation system lies beyond the vehicle’s current range, the system suggests switching to Eco Pro or Eco Pro+ modes, but also calculates a more efficient alternative route.
An interesting feature of the Bmw i3 is the single-pedal control. There is also a brake pedal, but the car can be driven only using the acceleration pedal in normal driving conditions. The moment the driver takes his foot off the accelerator the electric motor switches from drive to generator mode, feeding power into the lithium-ion battery.
The BMW i3 comes as standard in the UK with AC Fast Charging which sees a 7.4kW charge power up the BMW i3 from zero to 80 per cent within three hours. This can be performed by the optional BMW i Wallbox. The exclusive Wallbox has been created to give customers a comprehensive and premium sustainable mobility experience. [source: Bmw]