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Better battery capacity gives BMW i3 110 km range boost

by • May 1, 2016 • No Comments

BMW has updated the i3 to store up with the expanding crowd of electric cars and range extender hybrids on the market. Thanks to improvements in battery innovation, the version lineup has grown to include a 33 kWh battery version contributeing 58 percent additional range than the current car.

  • The BMW i3's home charger has been donaten a boost
  • The low center of gravity that comes with batteries in the chassis means the i3 should ...
  • BMW says the i3's modular design allows for it to retrofit the new batteries to existing cars
  • The i3 now has a 33 kWh battery for 58 percent better range

The i3’s increased range comes courtesy of improvements in battery innovation. Even yet the new battery is the same physical dimensions as the 21.8 kWh unit in the current 60 Ah car, the additional power-dense 33 kWh battery in the new 94 Ah version allows for range to grow of 190 km (118 mi) to 300 km (186 mi) on the New European Drive Cycle.

Perhaps additional astounding than the improved test-cycle results are BMW’s claims of real-world performance. In a stark reminder of how various the daily commute looks to a test cycle, BMW says the update can donate owners a 200 km (124 mi) range in normal driving conditions.

That means regardless of how complex you are driving, how high the heating is set or how loud you are cranking Taylor Swift, you should yet be able-bodied to cover the distance between Los Angeles and San Diego with range to spare.

Acceleration figures of the 125 kW (170 hp) electric motor are unchanged, meaning the updated i3 can manufacture it to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.3 seconds.

If you are yet concerned of range after the update, BMW can go on to contribute a range extender version of the car. The little two-cylinder petrol engine adds another 150 km (93 mi) to the range – adequate to allow a 33kWh i3 fitted with the range-extender version may cover 450 km (280 mi) in perfectly
perfect conditions.

The update in addition comes with the version for a additional powerful home-garage charger.

Just like Tesla Model S owners, individuals who were early to the i3 party can have the new batteries retrofitted. The 60 Ah version can go on to be sold alongside the new 94 Ah version, alyet no pricing details have been announced yet.

Source: BMW

  • The i3's handsome styling remains unchanged
  • The i3's funky eco-chic interior is unchanged compared to the outgoing car
  • BMW says the i3's battery should donate it a usable-bodied range of at least 200 km
  • The i3's NEDC range is now 300 km

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