The company announced it would offer a newer i3 model that features longer battery life. According to BMW, the newBMW i3 will have 33 kilowatt hours of battery life due to the use of high energy density lithium ion cells in the battery.
“The BMW i team worked to ensure that the battery dimensions remain unchanged while still offering a significant range increase,” the company said in a press release.
The new battery should get approximately 114 miles on a charge – but that will all depend on whether the air conditioner is on and what the weather conditions are. The electric motor is unchanged from previous models and will move the new i3 from 0 to 60 in seven seconds, according to BMW.
A range extender model will also be available that will include the 94 Ah battery. When the main battery is depleted to 6.5%, the gas engine engages. The model will come with a 2.4 gallon fuel tank.
“This makes the BMW i3 both the sportiest and most efficient electric vehicle in its segment with an expected EPA electricity consumption of 27 kWh/100mi,” BMW said in its release.
BMW i is also planning to offer a BMW Home Charger Connect unit which is nothing more than a residential charger for the car. The price of the new i3 model has not been released. BMW said that will come as the the car is closer to launch.