2015 BMW i3 offers a Range Extender for $3850

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 11, 2013

The 2015 BMW i3 electric vehicle, when powered by the optional range extender engine, costs $46,125 (including destination costs). This means that it’s priced $3850 extra over the model’s base price. The gasoline engine is meant to complement the electric-only i3’s range of about 80-100 miles. The gasoline engine -- a 650cc two-cylinder engine – delivers 34 horsepower.

The wheels are not powered by this engine. Rather, it operates as a generator for the battery pack, which charges the 170 hp electric motor. The i3 is rear-wheel-drive in both electric-only and range extender configurations and the electric motor and the gasoline range extender are mounted in the rear. The range extender model is heavier than the electric-only version by about 330 lbs.

The optional range extender engine is partnered with a 2.4-gallon fuel tank. BMW states that the extender roughly doubles the range of the i3, which will place its total range at about 200 miles. However, it’s not yet known what the i3’s fuel economy is when the gasoline engine is running.

We also don’t know what the official EPA ratings are for mpg-e and estimated range. Charging the i3’s battery with a 220-volt charging port can be done within three hours. The 2015 BMW i3 will go on sale in the U.S. during the second quarter of 2014. It will be available in three trim levels, which BMW refers to as the Mega, Giga, and Tera worlds.

Press Release

BMW i3 Pricing Announced

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – 3:00 am EDT/12:00 am PDT July 22, 2013… BMW today announced pricing for the ground-breaking BMW i3 electric vehicle. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (without Destination & Handling) in the US will be $41,350, before any federal or state incentives. The Destination & Handling fee in the US is currently $925.

“The BMW i3 heralds the dawn of a new era for individual mobility and for the BMW Group. True to a genuine BMW, the BMW i3 has strong emotional appeal, outstanding product substance and a guarantee of sheer driving pleasure,” said Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management, Sales and Marketing BMW. “With this leading-edge vehicle and attractive price, we will provide customers with a compelling offer for electromobility.”

The BMW i3’s 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque hybrid-synchronous electric motor, developed and produced by BMW, is electrified by a 22-kWh lithium-ion battery, good for 80-100 miles of emission-free driving. Designed from the ground up to be an electric car, the BMW i3 uses the Industry’s first mass produced carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) passenger cell mounted on an aluminum chassis.

The BMW i3 will offer interior space comparable to the legendary BMW 3 Series on a shorter overall body. Its 32.3-foot turning circle and a relatively long wheelbase make it agile and engaging to drive, yet ideally suited to driving in dense urban areas.

Quick and convenient charging is possible either with the home charging station supplied by BMW i or at any public charging station that uses a Level 2 SAE J1772 charging system. DC fast charging, using the SAE DC Combo-Fast Charger, will be available as an option. From a public fast-charging station, it will provide an 80 percent charge from a fully depleted battery in just 20 minutes.

BMW i’s commitment to sustainable urban mobility encompasses the i3 production facilities, where hydro-electric, wind and solar power are used to power the CFRP production facilities in Moses Lake, Washington and the Leipzig, Germany assembly line. Sustainable materials are also used for the BMW i3 interior upholstery and trim.

The BMW i3 will make its world debut at three simultaneous events in New York, London and Beijing on Monday, July 29. It will arrive in US showrooms in the second quarter of 2014.

Topics: bmw, bmw i3, hybrid

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