Defining electro-mobility in its true form is BMW’s ‘i’ range of cars that includes the BMW i3 and BMW i8. During July this year, BMW announced the pricing of its electric hatchback i.e. the i3 which turned out to be a little more than expected. Furthermore, the very fact that it is an all electric car with a not so overwhelming range made many potential buyers think if it was worth spending money on.
What we hear next from the German automaker is the extended range options that will be offered on the BMW i3. While the base version of the car is available for $41,350, for an additional $3,950 buyers would get a rear-mounted 650cc, 34 hp, two-cylinder, gasoline-powered Range Extender generator which offers roughly double the range as the base model. When the battery drains itself to a preset level, the Range Extender starts working and maintains the current state of charge. The fuel capacity of the Range Extender is 2.4 gallons and with it a total of 330 lbs has been added to the overall weight of the car.
Some of the highlights of the BMW i3 are as follows:
- 170-hp, 184 lb-ft hybrid-synchronous electric motor with max. revs of 11,400 rpm.
- 80-100 mile real-world EV range.
- 22-kWh lithium-ion battery, which weighs 450 lbs.
- 650cc gasoline powered Range Extender optional; holds charge, doesn’t power wheels.
- 0-30mph in 3.5 seconds, 0-60mph in approximately 7.2 seconds (preliminary).
- Top speed of 93 mph, electronically limited to preserve efficiency.
- BMW’s signature, near-perfect 50-50 weight distribution.
- Ultra-tight turning radius (32.3 ft), which is ideal for city driving.
- Macpherson strut front and 5-link rear suspension set up.
- Single Pedal Driving Concept with Brake Energy Regeneration, which feeds power back into battery.
- 3 drive modes: Comfort, ECO PRO and ECO PRO+.
- 3 hour 220 V @32 amps charging time.
- Optional SAE DC Combo Fast Charging allows for 80% charge in 20mins; 100% in 30 mins.
CHASSIS And BODY
- Purpose built construction. World’s first mass-produced CFRP-constructed electric vehicle.
- Built on innovative LifeDrive architecture composed of two parts: Life Module and Drive Module.
- Life Module is essentially the cabin, constructed from Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP).
- Drive Module is where all of the powertrain components are housed.
- Drive Module is made from 100% aluminum.
- Magnesium cross-member for instrument panel saves 20% weight vs. steel.
- BMW 1 Series external footprint with BMW 3 Series interior space.
- LED headlights and taillights (standard in US market).
- Weighs in at roughly 2,700 lbs.
- No space-consuming transmission tunnel dividing car’s interior.
- Pillar-less design with rear coach doors allow for easy entry and exit to rear seats.
- Driver-oriented super-ergonomic controls.
- Three vehicle Worlds (trim levels): Mega (standard in US), Giga, and Tera.
- Standard 19-inch light alloy wheels with unique 155/70 all-season tires. 20-inch light alloy wheels optional.
- No transmission tunnel and low console allows for Slide-through Experience, which benefits urban driving by the ability to exit from the passenger side.
- Made with sustainable, renewable materials.
- Instrument panel surround and door trim use fibers from Kenaf plant.
- Carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof panel is made partially with recycled CFRP from manufacturing process of other components
- 25% of plastic used in interior comprised of recycled materials.
- Dashboard wood trim crafted from responsibly-forested eucalyptus.
- CFRP components are sustainably produced in Moses Lake, WA, USA, where the factory uses hydroelectric power.
- The Leipzig, Germany assembly plant uses wind-generated electricity.
- Olive-leaf extract is used to tan interior leather surfaces