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BMW i3 (2013–)

Last updated 30 August 2017

Model History

June 2012
BMW i3 revealed

The i3 is a four-seater electric city car with a super stiff, very light carbon fibre shell allowing pillarless construction. It can be fully charged from a standard electric socket in six hours. 80 per cent charge from a high-power socket in one hour. Regenerates on lift off or braking, or can be freewheeled.

Dimensions: 3,999mm long x 1,775mm wide (2,039mm with mirrors) x 1,578mm high.

Lifting off the throttle provokes regenerative braking forces. A selectable coasting mode disconnects the electric motor from the drive axle. In this mode the i3 is driven only by its own kinetic energy. The i3 also has an Eco Pro mode that minimises air-con power consumption and shuts down other functions such as heated seats and heated door mirrors.

200 litres of luggage space. four-seater interior is integrated to take one or two i Pedelec bicycles with the rear seats folded. Seating material is wool because it is cooler in summer and warmer in winter, so less energy is needed to cool and to heat the car.

July 2013
Prices announced

Formal launch of BMW i3 with UK prices from £25,680, or from £28,830 with range extender engine after £5,000 OLEV Government grant.

Model


Price OTR

Power

Hp

Torque

Nm

0 - 62mph Seconds

Top Speed Mph

Range (miles)

CO2 Emissions g/km

BMW i3

£25,680**

170

250

7.2

93

80-100

0

BMW i3 Range Extender

£28,830**

170

250

7.9

93

160-186

13

**With £5,000 OLEV Government grant.

The electric motor generates an output of 170PS, with peak torque of 250Nm on demand instantly. This allows the BMW i3 to sprint from zero to 37mph in a mere 3.7 seconds and zero to 62mph in just 7.2 seconds, while the lithium-ion battery gives a range of 80 -100 miles in everyday driving. This rises by approximately 15 per cent in ECO PRO mode and by the same again in ECO PRO+ mode.

Both BMW i3 models include a three-year, unlimited mileage vehicle warranty and an eight-year, 100,000 mile battery warranty. The battery is also included in the price of the car negating a separate lease charge for battery, as is the case for other electric vehicles.

The i3 is available with four different interior worlds: Standard, Loft, Lodge and Suite. These allow customers to change the look and feel of the interior. All worlds feature sustainable materials such as sustainably sourced wood, natural fibres and naturally tanned leather. The dimensions of the standard tyres (155 / 70 R19) are specific to the BMW i3.

The high-voltage battery in the BMW i3 consists of eight modules (each with 12 individual cells), which together produce a rated voltage of 360 volts and generate approximately 22kW/h of energy. The lithium-ion cells used in the battery are particularly notable for their high energy density and impressive cycle life: they are designed to perform their energy storage function over the vehicle's entire lifespan.

The BMW i3 comes as standard in the UK with AC Fast Charging which sees a 7.4kW charge power up the BMW i3 from zero to 80 per cent within three hours. This can be performed by the optional BMW i Wallbox. The exclusive Wallbox has been created to give customers a comprehensive and premium sustainable mobility experience.

Occasional charging can also be performed using a pre-supplied cable, fitting a standard household socket at 2.4kW, when 32 Amp AC Fast Charging is not available. Charging this way takes eight to 10 hours. DC Rapid Charging is the third and final option available to owners and allows a BMW i3 to get an 80 per cent charge in just 30 minutes to one hour. It uses a 50kW connection to do this and is suited to public charging locations where available.

February 2016
BMW i3 Mr Porter special edition announced

Inspired by the classic tuxedo, the limited edition BMW i3 comes with an elegant exterior in tuxedo blue specially developed for this version. Distinctive features on each of the numbered editions have been handcrafted to ensure a completely unique finish, much like in made-to-measure tailoring: the individual painting, and the white accent running the length of the chassis – which can be associated with the pinstripe suit – are hand painted by master craftsmen."

May 2016
BMW i3 94Ah announced with range up to 195 miles

Improved power consumption at 12.6kWh/100km and reduced CO2 emissions. Unchanged battery dimensions and no structural changes necessary. Generates an output of 170hp and from zero to 62mph in 7.3 seconds. DC Rapid Charge now available as standard. Prices start at £27,830. Available from July 2016.

The BMW i3 94Ah replaces the current 60Ah model and has a capacity of 33kWh thanks to the higher storage density of the lithium ion cells. The high-voltage battery in the BMW i3 consists of eight modules (each with 12 individual cells), and its capacity has increased significantly without any changes in structure or exterior dimensions. By optimising the cell-internal packages with more electrolyte and adapting the active material, BMW has succeeded in increasing cell capacity to 94Ah and overall battery energy to 33kWh.

Model


Price OTR

Power

Hp

Torque

Nm

0 – 62mph Seconds

Top Speed Mph

Range (miles)

CO2 Emissions g/km

BMW i3

£27,830

170

250

7.3

93

195

0

BMW i3 Range Extender

£30,980

170

250

8.1

93

276

12

The BMW i3 94Ah will be instantly recognisable in the colour Protonic Blue with its Frozen Grey metallic highlight, which is available exclusively for this model. Previously, this paintwork was reserved for the BMW i8 hybrid sports car, but is now also available for the BMW i3.

August 2017
BMW i3 revised and i3s launched

Both models draw their energy from the lithium-ion high-voltage battery with a capacity of 94Ah (33kWh). A range-extender engine can be ordered as an option for both models. The handling has been improved by the optimised Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system.

The new BMW i3s is powered by a high-performance 184PS electric motor that generates peak torque of 270Nm (compared to 170PS and 250Nm in the standard i3). Its updated drive system includes modified motor control and specific taper roller bearings.

What’s more, the new BMW i3s boasts sports suspension with specially developed springs, dampers and anti-roll bars. Drivers can also select SPORT mode using the Driving Experience Control switch which delivers a more direct accelerator response and tighter steering characteristics.

The new BMW i3s utilises sports suspension that includes a 10mm drop in ride height. The additional 40mm of track width compared to the BMW i3 is given added impact by the black wheel arch borders.

The new BMW i3s comes as standard with exclusive 20-inch light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design that are 20mm wider than the previously available versions. They come as standard in Bicolour and are optionally available in Jet Black.

The BMW i3s is capable of get from zero to 62mph in 6.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 99mph. It returns a combined electric power consumption of 14.3kWh per 62 miles on the NEDC cycle. Its electric range runs to 174 miles based on the NEDC cycle, 146 to 152 miles as per WLTP and up to 125 milesvin everyday use.

Model

Power
(hp)

Torque (Nm)

0 – 62mph (Seconds)

Top Speed (mph)

Combined (mpg)

CO 2 Emissions (g/km)

From

(OTR)

BMW i3

170

250

7.3

93

n/a

0

£34,070

BMW i3 Range Extender

170

250

8.1

93

tbc

13-14*

£37,220

BMW i3s

184

270

6.9

99

n/a

0

£36,975

BMW i3s Range Extender

184

270

7.7

99

tbc

15*

£40,125

 

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