BMW has released the full specs for the i3, which is going to be unveiled on July 29.
BMW has released the full specs for the i3, which is going to be unveiled on July 29. The electric i3, which is the first model from BMW’s new sub-brand will come in two versions: a fully electric version or a version with an electric motor and a two-cylinder range extender.
The i3 is powered by a 170 horsepower electric motor with 184 lb-ft. of torque. The electric motor only weighs 110 pounds, but is powerful enough to accelerate the i3 from 0-60 mph in seven seconds. The i3’s lithium-ion battery gives the i3 a range of 80-100 miles between charges, but this can be increased up to approximately 12 percent in ECO PRO mode and by the same amount again in ECO PRO+ mode. For even more range buyers can choose the available range-extender model, which features a a 650cc two-cylinder gasoline engine that maintains the charge of the lithium-ion battery at a constant level while on the move. The 34 horsepower gas engine is mounted above the rear axle and extends the i3’s maximum range to 160-180 miles.
The BMW i3 can be recharged up to 80 percent in about 20 minutes at a DC fast-charging station, but can take up to eight hours to recharge using a standard household outlet.
According to BMW, the BMW i3 is the world’s first fully networked electrically powered car. An embedded SIM card in the BMW i3 is the key that unlocks BMW ConnectedDrive services available to the new electric model. For example, it introduces navigation services specially developed to enhance electric mobility alongside familiar features including the Concierge Services information facility and the intelligent BMW Assist TM eCall. BMW i Remote app to share information with their car at any time using their smartphone. The pedestrian navigation function guides the driver from parking place to final destination and back, while BMW ConnectedDrive also offers unique intermodal route guidance as a world first, which incorporates local public transport connections into journey planning.
It’s reported that the BMW i3 will arrive in the US early next year with a starting price around $35,000.