Electric / Extended Range EV
With it’s avant-garde, cutting-edge looks, aerodynamic design and electric efficiency, the BMW i3 provides a major dose of appeal on both a visual and emotional level. Depending on whom you ask, it’s either dorky-looking, or space-age and strikingly attractive. One thing’s for sure: this isn’t your average Bimmer: this break from the past can’t be mistaken for any other EV on the road.
The 5-door i3 is BMW’s 1st zero-emission mass-produced, all-electric vehicle. It uses an electric power train and a revolutionary carbon-fiber/aluminum structure to improve energy consumption. The i3 was named the 2014 World Green Car of the Year, and it recently captured the 2017 World Urban Car of the Year Award. It seats 4 adults comfortably. Its lithium-ion batteries provide an 120 mile range. An optional range-extending gas engine offers a total range of 190 miles. The BMW concept was to add a very small gasoline tank providing fuel to be used occasionally, translating 1.9 gallons of petrol into an additional 60 to 80 miles beyond the 80 miles provided by the electric battery.
The i3 combines a practical five-door, hatchback layout with a small footprint and high maneuverability." The i3 comes in 4 "Worlds"; Deka World, Mega World, Giga World and Tera World – each offering different combinations of trim, wheels and upholstery.
Discussing the new 2018 models, Motortrend says: "The i3 receives a more powerful electric motor good for 184 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque, up from the standard car’s 170 hp and 184 lb-ft. It also receives a sportier suspension setup that drops the car about a half inch and exclusive 20-inch light alloy wheels that are a half-inch wider than the standard 20-inch option. The i3s also receives new wheel arch moldings that emphasize its wider track, which gives it a more grounded stance. In addition to extra track width, the exterior of the i3 gets a subtle makeover with a number of new design elements that help highlight the BMW’s unique character. The front gets a new bumper inlay and a u-shaped surround finished in black, as well as broader accents strips. The rear gets only slight tweaks, including a matte black feature line."
The i3 accelerates from 0 to 60 in 7 seconds. Cars.com gives the i3 5 out of 5 stars in comfort, performance, interior design, exterior styling, reliability and value for the money. Motor Trend reviewers say: "The 2017 BMW i3 is efficient for an electric vehicle, requiring an EPA-estimated 27 kWh to cover every 100 miles. That compares favorably even with the electric car superstar, the Tesla Model S, which requires 34-38 kWh per 100 miles. Charging the i3 takes 4.5 hours with a Level 2 charger, but with the built-in 50 kW DC fast charger compatibility, the i3 can be charged to 80 percent in just 40 minutes. The new 33 kWh battery in the 2017 BMW i3 (94 Ah) stores 50 percent more electricity, but does it in the exact same space as the previous battery pack, due to improvements in the energy density of the lithium-ion cells inside. Mounted flat in an aluminum drive module, the i3’s 22-kilowatt-hour 450 pound lithium ion battery pack works with the car’s lightweight carbon fibre structure to push efficiency to 4 miles per kilowatt-hour, the high end of EV capability. EPA-assigned numbers of 138 MPGe city, 111 hwy and 124 combined mileage – from the pure EV version – make the i3 one of the most efficient electrics on the road."
Thanks to an active liquid thermal management system, which keeps the i3’s battery pack close to a constant 70 degrees Fahrenheit, hot and cold temperatures don’t have an extreme impact on its range, though drivers living in very cold climes indicate there’s a loss of range during winter months. This can be prevented by pre-conditioning the car before use.
The i3’s interior puts EV competitors to shame. A combination of quasi-Scandinavian design, Teutonic attention to detail, a sculpted wood dashboard and a “floating” navigation monitor feels gorgeous, upscale and futuristic. BMW uses first-rate materials to promote sportiness and luxury-brand panache. Oliver Walter, a BMW i3 project manager says: “The BMW i3 is about the exterior size of a BMW 1-series, but has the interior roominess of a 3-series, and the quality of materials and luxury features of a 5-series.” Taller than many other cars (62.1 inches high), the i3’s 4-person high seating position has been compared to that of an SUV. Its carbon fiber body is as strong as steel but it’s 50% lighter.
The i3’s combo SAE Ji772 connector allows it to charge from any Level 2 AC home charging stations. A Quick charge station will replenish the car’s battery pack to 80% full in 20 to 30 minutes.
The BMW i3 is the smallest, most urban-targeted vehicle in its “i” range of vehicles, which includes, to date, the BMW i3 and BMW i8. "i Performance" is BMW's way of saying "performance Technology." i Performance Technology encompasses the electric motor, the battery and the complex control software that ensures all the separate systems in BMW's Next Gen cars work in harmony. i Performance Technology has been developed to be modular, meaning it can be easily tailored to multiple models. BMW has repeatedly stated that in the not too distant future, virtually every model from the BMW lineup will offer some form of electrification and be available with an "i" designation.
The EV is eligible for a Federal Tax Credit of $7500, a California State Rebate of $2500 and HOV stickers.
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