BMW i3 Doubles Original EV Range

BMW has confirmed specification and pricing for the new BMW i3 in 120Ah configuration.

“BMW has once again demonstrated its technical capability in the EV space with the latest BMW i3 120Ah,” said BMW Group Australia CEO, Vikram Pawah.

“Effectively doubling the real-world driving range from the i3’s 2013 global introduction, the newest addition to our BMW i stable remains a trailblazer.

“Beyond that, the constant evolution of materials and specification, as well as the i3s sports- focused variant, makes the car more relevant than ever,” he said.

At the heart of the newest BMW i3 is the latest in EV battery technology. Where the original BMW i3 housed a 60Ah lithium-ion battery pack, the 2019-specification i3 and i3s variants boast a 120Ah system.

While the storage capacity of the 42kWh battery has doubled, its size remains unchanged, thus maximising cabin space. The system enables the latest i3 and i3s to travel up to 260km in real-world driving, without needing to be charged.

Importantly, performance is unaffected for both i3 and i3s variants. Powered by a 125kW electric motor, the BMW i3 accelerates from 0-100km/h in just 7.3 seconds. Opting for the sporty BMW i3s brings a 135kW electric motor, which is capable of achieving the standard sprint in only 6.9 seconds.

The BMW i3 and i3s have a Type 2 charging plug which allows for single and three-phase AC charging. With the increasing abundance of DC charging facilities, both variants are also able to utilise a 50kW DC supply.

A domestic charging cable is provided as standard, allowing for convenient charging via a regular power socket.

For a faster charge, BMW Australia recommends installation of BMW iWallbox Plus which reduces the charge time to approximately three hours (for 0-80 per cent charge).

BMW iWallbox Plus can also be connected to a wireless router via an Ethernet cable to allow for retrieval of information, such as charging history and estimated costs, through a smart device connected to the same network.

Further cementing the BMW i3’s position within the technology focussed target market, both variants will have BMW’s Comfort Access System, Apple CarPlay and Wireless Charging as standard.

Other standard technology highlights include the Navigation System Professional with a 10.25-inch colour display, ConnectedDrive suite with Concierge Services, as well as safety features including Driving Assistant Plus and the Parking Assistant Package with rear-view camera.

Adaptive LED Headlights including High Beam Assistant are optionally available.

The innovative matrix technology in the anti-dazzle High Beam and built-in cornering light function offer optimum illumination to improve visibility and safety for night time driving.

A brand new metallic exterior paint colour in ‘Jucaro Beige’ with Frozen Grey highlights will be available on the BMW i3 and i3s models as an option for customers to further individualise their car.

BMW i interior design ‘Loft’ with updated accents, an all-new ‘Electronic’ Brown trim panel and Cloth/Sensatec upholstery features as the standard interior for BMW i3 and i3s. The tactile fabric covering the seats comprises almost 100 per cent recycled polyester.

Optionally available is the BMW i interior design ‘Lodge’ that features Carum Spice Grey woollen cloth and ‘Solaric’ Cassia upholstery and Fine-wood Eucalyptus interior trims to complete the futuristic look.

For customers seeking further luxury, the BMW i interior design ‘Suite’ is also available. This option adds an exclusive feel to the BMW i3 and i3s interior, with a refreshed colour palette. Leather ‘Vernasca’ Dark Truffle now features, with a choice of open-pore Fine-wood Eucalyptus matt or Oak Dark matt finishers.

The BMW i3 and i3s represent the brand’s endeavour toward lowering emissions, and it starts with material selection and production techniques. From raw material extraction to recycling, the i3 and i3s have a much more favourable CO2 footprint across the entire production lifecycle than comparable, conventionally powered vehicles.

Featured in BMW i3 and i3s is the Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) – a lightweight material that is almost twice as strong as steel – used to create monocoque structure without the need for a conventional B-pillar. This creates a more open passenger cell, maximising space and comfort within the car.

Furthermore, the BMW i3 utilises thermoplastics in it exterior construction. The material has high elastic deformation properties which prevents panels from being permanently deformed at low-level impacts, reducing the overall weight of the car as well as lowering the cost of repairs.

BMW i3 range and pricing (from February, 2019)

BMW i3 120Ah $68,700

BMW i3s 120Ah $69,900

Key standard specification highlights

The BMW i3 120Ah standard equipment highlights include:

  • Telephony with wireless charging
  • BMW i Interior Design ‘Loft’
  • Comfort Access System
  • Navigation system Professional with iDrive6
  • Driving Assistant Plus, including:
    • Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go function
    • Speed Limit Information
    • Forward Collision Warning
    • Pedestrian Warning
  • Driving Assistant Package including:
    • Rear view camera
    • Active Park Distance Control
    • Fully automated parallel Parking Assistant
  • BMW ConnectedDrive Services including:
    • Real-time traffic information
    • Intelligent Emergency Call
    • TeleServices
    • Remote Services
    • Connected+
    • Concierge Services
    • USB Map Updates
    • Apple CarPlay

The BMW i3s 120Ah includes the following additional features:

  • 20-inch BMW i light alloy wheels, Double-spoke style 431
  • Driving Experience Control including SPORT mode
  • Specific traction control system
  • Sport Suspension – lowered by 10mm
  • Sport Steering


BMW i3 and i3s: Performance and Efficiency

Model    Powertrain Power / Torque    0-100km/h    Real World Driving Range
i3 120Ah    High-voltage battery, 42kWh nominal    125kW/250Nm    7.3 seconds    Up to 260km
i3s 120Ah    High-voltage battery, 42kWh nominal    135kW/270Nm    6.9 seconds    Up to 260km

BMW i3 and i3s: Charging rates

Charging 0-80%*    i3 120Ah    i3s 120Ah
Domestic 1.8kW    19.5 hrs    19.5 hrs
WallBox (1-phase) 3.7kW    9.7 hrs    9.7 hrs
WallBox (3-phase) 11kW    3.2 hrs    3.2 hrs
DC 50kW    42 mins    42 mins
This post was written by Car and Bike News


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