Bmw i3 electrifies the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show [Live Photos]

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 11, 2013

The Bmw I brand’s first series-produced model – the i3 – has finally been introduced. The Bmw i3 features an electric motor that’s capable to reaching a maximum output of 170 hp (125 kW) and 250 Nm of torque (184 lb-ft). Its power is sent to the rear wheels while the Bmw i3 can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 7.3 seconds. Meanwhile, it can reach a limited top speed of 93 mph or 150 km/h.

Those who prefer a better range will want to get a Range Extender, which consists of a 650cc two-cylinder four-stroke petrol engine that offers 34 hp. The petrol engine is positioned next to the electric motor above the rear axle.

The Bmw i3 can be driven to as far as 80-100 miles (129-160 km) but with the Range Extender, it can achieve a higher range of 160-186 miles (257-300 km). In the UK, the Bmw i3 is priced at £25,680. While with the Range Extender, the price is £28,830. It’s likely that customers will prefer to lease the car. It’s believed that the monthly rates are very competitive. For a 36-month contract, customers will need to spend £369p/m.

For an i3 Range Extender in Suite, the price goes up to £480p/m. The price of the Bmw i3 in the US is a base MSRP of $41,350 (excluding any federal or state incentives and the $925 Destination & Handling fee). The two BMW i3 models are offered with a three-year, unlimited mileage vehicle warranty as well as an eight-year, 100,000 mile battery warranty.

The Bmw i3 is offered with four interior themes, namely the Standard, Loft, Lodge and Suite. Each of these themes makes use of sustainable materials like sustainably sourced wood, natural fibres and naturally tanned leather. The Bmw i3 weighs a total of 1195 kg and is 3999 mm long, 1775 mm wide, and 1578 mm tall.

The wheelbase measures 2570 mm. The Bmw i3 features a single ratio gearbox mounted to the end of the electric motor, offering three driving modes: Comfort, Eco Pro and Eco Pro+. Route planning and the current trip become easier with the Driving Range Assistant that comes as part of the navigation. If the driver chooses a destination that’s beyond the current range of the vehicle, the system will suggest a switch to Eco Pro or Eco Pro+ modes as well as offer a different route that’s more efficient.

The single-pedal control is another useful feature. It also has a brake medal. However, the car can be driven only using the acceleration pedal in normal driving conditions. As soon as the driver removes his foot from the accelerator, the electric motor makes the switch from drive to generator mode, giving power to the lithium-ion battery.

The BMW i3 is available as standard in the UK with AC Fast Charging, providing a 7.4kW charge to power up the BMW i3 from zero to 80% in only three hours. This can be accomplished by the optional BMW i Wallbox. The exclusive Wallbox was built so that customers can get a comprehensive and premium sustainable mobility experience.

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