2017 BMW i3 94 Ah is better and bolder with 114-mile range

Article by Andrew Christian, on May 9, 2016

Competition has been very tight in the electric vehicle arena. Automakers have been rushing to create the nearest-to-perfect EV that has ever been built. As much as these EVs are a cheaper alternative to fuel powered vehicles, there are also issues that are yet to be solved by its engineers. As much as there are a lot of glitches for these vehicles under development and research, there will always be room for improvement and that is what BMW is currently working on.

The release of BMW’s electric vehicle, the i3, was very much anticipated way back in 2014. The i3 offers an innovative interior as well as a strong performance. What makes it even more appealing to the buyers is its electric powertrain which makes it the brand’s first zero emissions mass produced vehicle.

It is mostly made of carbon-fiber and aluminum structure and has a very good handling due to its low center of gravity. From testing, the 170 horsepower i3 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and it has a recorded top speed of 92 mph. With a single charge, the BMW i3 has a battery-only range of 81 miles. It makes a full charge in 3 hours on a 220-volt outlet. An optional Range Extender gas engine also comes in handy (you’ll never know when it’ll come useful so it’s better safe than sorry) and can extend the range to 150 miles.

In an effort to make charging easier for i3 owners, BMW announced that late this year, it will begin to sell a fast-charging station equipped with WiFi called the BMW Home Charge Connect Now. It is expected to fully charge the i3’s battery in four hours and 30 minutes. For faster charging, the 2017 i3 can be hooked up to a DC Fast Charge station so that a full battery can be achieved in only 40 minutes. Isn’t it fast?

A new environment friendly interior package called “Decka World” will also be offered which will cover the interior in lightweight dark cloth made from recycled materials. Other options include an electric moonroof as well as a Protonic Blue color which was formerly exclusive only to i8s.

Between style and performance, i3 leans more on the former. It is not a performing car but it is one of the most stylish EVs that have been produced. It just has to improve on its range to stay in competition with Tesla’s Model 3 and the Chevy Bolt, two of the toughest competitors in the electric vehicle arena.

Powertrain

The BMW i3 would’ve been insanely successful if not for its range issues that some just can’t shrug off. Since there is always room for improvement and a “trial and error stage”, BMW has recently released a better version of the i3. The German automaker has been keen on improving the latest 2017 i3, the ace that will tamp down all criticisms.

The 2017 i3 is expected to have a bigger battery and will offer up to a 114-mile range from a single charge, 33 miles longer than the current i3. Moreover, an optional Range Extender i3 will also come in handy with the 2017 i3.

The Range Extender will still feature a 38-horsepower two-cylinder gas engine to power the generator that will produce additional electricity. However, it will increase the fuel capacity of the 2017 i3 to 2.4 gallons which is approximately 25% more than the current model’s.

There hasn’t been any confirmed range for the 2017 i3 with the Range Extender but it should have a max range of over 150 miles thanks to its bigger battery and gas tank. All these additions will also add to the 2017 i3’s weight, giving the electric-only version 2,961 pounds and 3,234 pounds with the gas engine. No need to worry about the exterior dimensions though since BMW assures us that no changes were made in line with the bigger battery and gas tank.

Performance-wise, the 2017 i3 will still come with 170 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. torque and acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in a little more than 7.0 seconds, just like the current model. The Range Extender 2017 i3 version however will need a full eight seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph.

Press Release

BMW i3 (94 Ah) with more powerful battery delivers a range of up to 200 kilometres under everyday condition

BMW i is expanding the model range of its compact electric car, the BMW i3 and from summer will be offering a version with significantly increased battery capacity. The BMW i3 (94 Ah) has a capacity of 33 kilowatt hours (kWh) thanks to the higher storage density of the lithium ion cells. The battery dimensions remain unchanged with over 50 per cent range increase in the standard NEDC cycle which equals 300 kilometres instead of 190 kilometres. Even in everyday use, in bad weather conditions and with the air conditioning or heating turned on, 200 kilometres of range can be achieved on one full battery charge. The driving performance figures of the 125 kW/170 hp hybrid synchronous electric motor remain virtually unchanged. The motor propels the BMW i3 from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds. This makes the BMW i3 both the sportiest and most efficient electric vehicle in its segment with an electricity consumption of 12.6 kWh/100 km (NEDC). The BMW i3 with 60 Ah battery, which has been on the market for two years, remains part of the model range. In addition, the model variant with Range Extender will still be available for both battery versions. The 2-cylinder petrol engine keeps the charge level of the battery constant while driving provides an additional range of 150 kilometres (BMW i3 (94 Ah)/BMW i3 (60 Ah): combined fuel consumption 0.6./0.6l/100 km; combined electricity consumption: 11.3/13.5 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 12/13 g/km)*. This broadens the model range of the best-selling premium electric vehicle in its segment worldwide to four versions. With the introduction of the BMW i3 (94 Ah), BMW i also offers new and more powerful charging stations for home garage use as well as new equipment options. Additionally, customers can have their first-generation battery retrofitted as part of a special retrofit programme and have the new battery type installed – this is made possible thanks to the modular and flexible design of the BMW i3.

About BMW i.
BMW i is a BMW Group brand and stands for visionary vehicle concepts and technologies, connected mobility services as well as a new understanding of premium strongly defined by sustainability.

BMW i is represented in 50 countries with the vehicles BMW i3 (electric car for metropolitan regions) and the BMW i8 (Plug-in-Hybrid sports car).

BMW i also incorporates BMW iPerformance automobiles (all BMW Plug-in-Hybrid vehicles) and the associated mobility services DriveNow (CarSharing), ReachNow (CarSharing 2.0), ChargeNow (easy access to the biggest charging point network worldwide), ParkNow (easy search, reservation and payment of parking spaces), BMW i Ventures (investment in young companies with the focus on urban mobility) and the BMW i Urban Mobility Competence Centre (for consulting cities, towns and municipalities).

Topics: bmw, bmw i3, electric car

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