BMW preparing to launch the i3 Electronaut Edition

Article by Andrew Christian, on December 15, 2013

According to the latest reports, it appears that BMW is preparing the i3 Electronaut Edition. This new vehicle was mentioned during a meeting with ActiveE owners a.k.a. Electronauts and Jacob Harb a.k.a. BMW North America’s head of Electric Vehicle Operations and Strategy. If built, the i3 Electronaut Edition will feature an exclusive color combination and be offered with special equipment.

If launched in the US, customers will have to wait for it as the BMW i3 will make its debut in North America in the second quarter of 2014. The BMW i3 Electronaut Edition is expected to carry the same electric motor mounted in close proximity to the driven rear axle, delivering 170 hp (125 kW) and a maximum torque of 250 Nm (184 lb-ft). The i3 hits 60 mph (37 mph) in 3.7 seconds and 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.2 seconds.

If the customer wants more, the BMW i3 is available with a range-extender engine in the form of a 650cc two-cylinder petrol engine rated at 34 hp (25 kW), mounted immediately adjacent to the electric motor above the rear axle. With the petrol engine installed, the BMW i3 is able to offer a range of 300 km or 186 miles.

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