The BMW i3 is the world’s first premium car designed from the ground up to be powered by an electric drive system, and since its launch has gone from strength to strength winning various accolades including UK Car of the year 2014 and Green Car of the Year by WhatCar? It's also one of the cars to consider when looking at the electric car revolution.
And now there is another reason to consider the BMW i3 with the introduction of the 94Ah battery on both the BMW i3 and the BMW i3 Range Extender models.
Besides being one of the best options when it comes to running costs of electric vehicles, the change of battery helps to improve the driving range for the i3, with the new BMW i3 94Ah replacing the current 60Ah model with a greater capacity (33kWh).
The size of the battery is unchanged, but thanks to the higher storage density of the lithium ion cells there is a 50% range increase in the standard NEDC cycle to a new range of 195 miles in everyday driving as well as the capacity to propel the BMW i3 from zero to 62mph in just 7.3 seconds (BEV).
Without going too much into the intricacies of how BMW has managed to do this with the new battery, it is enough to say the increase in range on the new BMW i3 94Ah (BEV) to 195 miles, in everyday use, on a full battery charge with the air conditioning or the heating on, has been achieved with no subjective loss of driving performance and agility.
And this makes the BMW i3 both the sportiest and most efficient electric vehicle in its segment, striking the ideal balance between efficiency, performance and range. "From standstill to country-road speeds, the BMW i3 94Ah is on par with sporty, conventionally combustion engine powered cars."
It's all about technology and the quality of the products used they combine to create the optimum power for the car.
When it comes to the battery, it uses lithium-ion cells that are particularly notable for their high energy density and impressive cycle life, and are designed to perform their energy storage function over the vehicle’s entire lifespan.
The battery has been designed to last for the car’s entire service life, with an 8-year or 100,000 mile warranty, and it is cooled effectively via the coolant in the air conditioning system, with an optional heating system available to heat the battery to ensure the optimum operating temperature of 20°C before starting off.
The hybrid synchronous electric motor used in the BMW i3 has been developed , developed and produced specially for use in this electric masterpiece, and generates an output of 170hp with a maximum torque of 250Nm from start.
The BMW i3 is the most economical electrically powered car of its size and output class, and the power density of the electric motor, weighing around 50kg, sets a new benchmark for electric vehicles, as well as offering smooth running, minimal vibration and low noise levels. In fact, BMW engineers claim to "have achieved a perfect balance of vehicle weight, performance and range."
Charging time for the BMW i3 (94Ah) is less than three hours, in spite of the significantly larger battery capacity as the new model benefits not only from improved efficiency, but DC Rapid-charge as standard. AC charging is now multi-phase allowing charging of 3.7, 7.4 or 11 kW - a 50% increase compared to the previous BMW i3 60Ah - and can also be charged at home using a standard three-pin plug or by specifying a BMW i Wallbox.
The BMW i3 also is available with a Range Extender that delivers a maximum output of 38hp and powers a generator in order to produce electricity. If the charging level of the lithium ion batteries drops to a certain level, the Range Extender kicks in to keep the charging level constant, and this extends the range by 81 miles in everyday conditions to 276 miles. And fitting the nine-litre fuel tank of the Range Extender in the front section of the BMW i3 has no influence on the available luggage volume of 260 litres that can be extended to 1,100 litres with the rear seats folded down.
The BMW i3 94Ah has an exclusive colour palette that was previously reserved for the BMW i8 hybrid sports car in the shape of the colour Protonic Blue with its Frozen Grey metallic highlight and, to allow for greater personalisation, the Interior trims are now available as separate options and are available across all four Interior worlds. This includes Loft, Lodge, Suite and new Atelier interior world which comes as standard on the new BMW i3 94Ah model.
The new elegant dark oak trim is a standard equipment in the Suite interior design, with all other interior designs featuring both the Dark Oak wood trim and the eucalyptus wood trim as options.
The success of the BMW i3 is likely to continue with these changes, and if you want to join the electric revolution, contact one of our Customer Service Representatives to discuss your leasing options.