Today BMW announced that BMW i will offer a new model range of its compact electric car, the BMW i3 and from the 2017 design year will be offering a new version with more than 50 % increased battery capacity. The 2017 BMW i3 (94 Ah) has a capability of 33 kilowatt hours (kWh) thanks to the greater energy density of the lithium ion cells. The BMW i group worked to make sure that the battery measurements stay unchanged while still providing a considerable variety boost. Even in daily conditions 2, the brand-new Battery Electric BMW i3, in varying weather and with the cooling or heating turned on, a variety of up to 114 miles combined1 (hwy/city) is possible as revealed by independent BMW testing cycles3. The driving performance figures of the 170 hp Air Conditioning concurrent electrical motor stay practically unchanged. The motor propels the BMW i3 from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just over 7 seconds. This makes the BMW i3 both the sportiest and most effective electrical vehicle in its section with an expected EPA electricity usage of 27 kWh/100mi. In addition to the Battery Electric BMW i3, the Variety Extender design will also feature the 94 Ah battery. When equipped with the Range Extender, if the driver needs added variety, the 2-cylinder gas engine is turned on when the battery is depleted to 6.5 % state of charge and keeps the charge level of the battery constant while driving and supplies an additional range thanks to a 25 % larger fuel tank (2.4 gallons). With the intro of the BMW i3 (94 Ah), BMW i now likewise offers a brand-new BMW House Charger Connect, a property charging station designed for comfortable and fast house charging featuring added linked functions. Prices for the 2017 BMW i3 (94 Ah) will be released closer to market launch.
Greater storage density of the battery cells.
The BMW i3 (94 Ah) sets a new standard in its sector with 94 ampere hours (Ah) cell capability, 33 kWh total battery energy, and an electrical range of approximately 114 miles combined1 (hwy/city) on one full battery charge. Consuming only 27 kWh/100mi the BMW i3 is the most efficient vehicle in its sector with the least expensive electricity usage expenses of roughly 2.81 USD/100mi4.
The high-voltage battery of the BMW i3 includes 8 modules with twelve storage cells each and its capability has actually increased by more than 50 % with no modifications in outside dimensions. By enhancing the cell-internal plans with more electrolyte and adjusting the active product, BMW and Samsung SDI have actually prospered in increasing cell capacity to 94 Ah and overall battery energy to 33 kWh of which 27.2 kWh can be efficiently used. The previous battery of the BMW i3 (60 Ah) produced 22 kWh (gross)/ 19 kWh (internet).
The lithium ion cells utilized, set themselves apart in the competitive field by achieving a special balance in between high energy density, cycle stability and safety in the case of an accident. The high-voltage battery likewise has an innovative thermal management system that keeps the battery operating in the optimum temperature variety, which further improves efficiency. The coolant of the air conditioning system is responsible for cooling the high-voltage battery very effectively, while a heating system can also be utilized to warm the battery to ensure the optimum operating temperature level prior to beginning off. Customers receive an 8-year/100,000-mile High-voltage Battery Warranty.
The BMW i3– a standard in regards to sustainability.
During the development stage of the BMW i3, the whole architecture of the electrical drivetrain was developed with the next technological steps in addition to serviceability in mind. If required a single battery module can be exchanged which differentiates the BMW i3 from other competitive offers and represents an integral element of the holistic BMW i principle of sustainability. From the production stand point, sustainability is attained to a big level through the CO2 totally free electricity supply of the BMW i production websites in Leipzig (assembly) and Moses Lake (CFRP production) along with through making use of 70 percent less water in the production procedure compared to standard vehicles.
Enhanced efficiency shipment, more efficient drive
The BMW i3 is by far the lightest car in its segment. In spite of the slight weight boost, at 2,961 pounds (BEV), and 3,234 lbs (REX), the BMW i3 (94 Ah) is characterized by driving performance, which is subjectively as active as the 60 Ah design version. The BMW i3 (94 Ah) is also powered by the same 3 phase Air Conditioning simultaneous electric motor established internal by the BMW Group. The motor produces an output of 170 hp and provides 184 lb-ft of torque which is offered as quickly as the electrical motor starts to turn. The BMW i3 (94 Ah) accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in simply over 7 seconds. The excellent electrical motor, little turning circle of 32.3 feet,– a major benefit to driving in the city– BMW’s near-perfect 50- 50 weight distribution, accurate electrical power steering and the stable suspension set-up assistance making the i3 as pleasing to drive as every other BMW.
The sporty character of the BMW i3’s electric motor is also clearly obvious by its performance figure of 5.1 seconds accelerating from 50 to 75 mph. This is a decisive factor for allowing fast and safe passing maneuvers, and is typically only accomplished by combustion engine powered vehicles with substantially greater outputs. The BMW i3 (94 Ah) is close to the level of cars such as the (320 hp) BMW 340i. Power is sent to the rear wheels through the single-speed transmission, which the BMW i3 utilizes to speed up without torque disruption to its digitally limited top speed of 93 mph.
The electrical intake of the BMW i3 (94 Ah) has actually likewise been decreased by a huge number of detail improvements consisting of revised electrical motor management along with innovative low-resistance tires with enhanced compound.
The 7.4 kW charging electronics of the BMW i3 (94 Ah) can charge the 33 kWh battery in roughly 4.5 hours utilizing a Level 2 battery charger, which is slightly more than the around 3.5 hours needed to charge the battery on a BMW i3 (60 Ah). Basic equipment of the BMW i3 includes the occasional use cable television for connecting it to a domestic power socket. Core elements such as range, hallmark BMW dexterity thanks to low weight and overnight battery charging stay in location.
The BMW i3 is geared up with the future-proof 50 kW direct present (DC) fast charging technology. When the BMW i3 (94 Ah) is linked to a DC fast charging station, the battery cells are charged up to a minimum of 80 percent of their capability in less than 40 minutes. In the BMW i3 (60 Ah) this takes around 25 minutes. This implies that the BMW i3 (94 Ah) attains a charging speed of 2.5 mi/min which corresponds to 24 minutes charging time per 62 miles of range.
Range Extender for even higher range.
BMW i also provides a Variety Extender for the BMW i3 (94 Ah). The range of the BMW i3 is extended by a 650 cc 2-cylinder fuel engine which is located surrounding to the electrical drive above the rear axle. The Range Extender engine provides an optimal output of 38 hp and powers a generator in order to produce electrical power, dealing with a required-based and highly effective concept. For those periodic times where additional variety is required, as quickly as the charging level of the lithium ion batteries drops to a specified level, the Range Extender starts to keep the charging level constant efficiently extending the range. Fitting the car with the Variety Extender has no impact on the offered baggage volume: the baggage compartment volume stays the same at 15.1 ft3 and can be included 36.9 ft3 with the rear seats folded down. The BMW i3 (94 Ah) now features a 2.4 gallon fuel tank improving the range from the previous model.
The BMW i3 (94 Ah) with Range Extender weighs roughly an extra 270 lb compared with the Battery Electric BMW i3 however is also identified by a high level of agility and offers excellent performance figures. It accelerates from absolutely no to 60 mph in just 8 seconds.
New equipment on the BMW i3.
The BMW i3 (94 Ah) is now offered in the exclusive Protonic Blue metal exterior color, formerly just offered in the US on the BMW i8. The BMW i3 (94 Ah) customer can also select from two non-metallic paint colors (Capparis White and Fluid Black) and, in addition to Protonic Blue, 3 metal paintwork colors (Mineral Grey, Platinum Silver and Ionic Silver).
The Deka World is now part of the basic profile of the BMW i3 (94 Ah) and features a lightweight dark cloth fabric interior made from recycled materials. Other modifications to the basic profile include the addition of the Universal Garage Door Opener, Advanced Real- Time Traffic Info, and Convenience Access.
As part of the Tera World, a Dark Oak Wood trim is likewise now included, with an alternative Light Eucalyptus Wood trim offered. These trims are also offered for ordering with the Giga World.
The extremely anticipated electric moonroof is also available for buying for the very first time in the United States. This choice features specific tones and contributes to the terrific set of benefit features that the BMW i3 has to provide.
Requirement profile and equipment for the BMW i3 (94 Ah) consists of: Automatic environment control, Dynamic Cruise Control, LED Headlights, HD Radio, DC Fast Charging, Navigation Business System, BMW Assist and BMW Teleservices. Other standard functions consist of: the iDrive operation system, the BMW i RemoteApp capabilities, the Driving Dynamic Control switch, hands-free telephone operation, leather steering wheel and Park Distance Control (PDC).
BMW i3 – – a success story.
The BMW Group took on a pioneering function when it founded the BMW i brand and chose to establish an independent vehicle structure and passenger cells made of carbon fiber strengthened plastic (CFRP) in addition to BMW eDrive technology for a simply electric drive.The BMW i3, which was developed for regional emissions-free metropolitan mobility, as well as the trail- scorching BMW i8 Plug-in-Hybrid sports car integrated with sustainability-oriented superior character. Because the November 2013 launch, the BMW i3 has actually currently established itself at the top of its section. The most vital single market for the simply electric 5 door BMW i3 is the U.S. More than 80 percent of buyers selecting a BMW i3 worldwide are new customers for the BMW Group. The BMW i3 and the BMW i8 received a great deal of awards for developments in the locations of lightweight construction, drive, sustainability, driving efficiency and design. This makes BMW i the brand to win the most awards worldwide throughout its market launch phase.
Comfy house charging: the brand-new BMW House Charger Connect.
In late 2016, BMW i will be offering the brand-new BMW House Charger Connect, a property charging station created for comfy and quick house charging.
The new BMW Home Battery charger Connect, with a more compact, sleeker design, charges the battery of the BMW i3 (94 Ah) in approximately four hours and Thirty Minutes. The charging process begins immediately as quickly as the car and charging cable television are connected. The BMW Home Battery charger Link is run using an LED interface.
The BMW House Battery charger Link comes standard with WiFi and will feature ingenious charging services which can be accessed remotely. This battery charger assists protect automobile variety as it can precondition the vehicle battery when connected.
On the go: hassle-free public charging with ChargeNow.
ChargeNow is designed to optimize the public charging experience for BMW i consumers, for easy access to public charging choices. Thanks to ChargeNow’s collaborations with leading public EV charging network service providers, BMW i motorists enjoy convenient access to public chargers along the way. Learn more at www.chargenowusa.com.
ChargeNow DC Fast5: Qualified BMW i3 drivers can recharge for no charge.
Provided by BMW in cooperation with EVgo, ChargeNow DC Quick enables eligible BMW i3 motorists in participating markets to enjoy 24 months of no cost charging sessions for the BMW i3 at participating EVgo Stations. Enrolled BMW i3 customers can use the ChargeNow card for unrestricted Thirty Minutes, DC Quick Combination charging sessions and Endless 1 hour, Level 2 charging sessions.
The BMW i3 is equipped with the future-proof 50 kW direct current (DC) Fast charging innovation. When the BMW i3 (94 Ah) is connected to a DC Fast charging station, the battery cells are charged up to 80 percent of their capability in less than 40 minutes. In the BMW i3 (60 Ah) this takes approximately 25 minutes.
ConnectedDrive: Setting requirements through Connectivity.
The optional Navigation System Specialist supplies BMW ConnectedDrive Services particularly established for BMW i. The variety assistant follows the prepared and currently driven path. If the location chosen in the navigation system is beyond the car’s variety, the driver gets the suggestion to move to the ECO PRO or ECO PRO+ mode. Additionally, the system computes a more efficient alternative path. Needs to it be required to recharge at a public charging station, the motorist is shown all the offered stations along the planned path.
A dynamic range map is another central component of the linked navigation device. Apart from the present charging status of the battery, the driving design, the turned on electrical comfort functions and the chosen driving mode, the topographic features, the existing traffic circumstance and the outside temperature are all taken into factor to consider. The Advanced Real Time Traffic Info (ARTTI) data is used for this purpose. The information is offered by the BMW ConnectedDrive Server.
The BMW i3 likewise sets standards when it pertains to connecting motorist and automobile. The BMW i Remote App supplies useful vehicle-related movement preparation data available on the customer’s mobile phone. Apart from pedestrian navigation; browsing your method to your destination from the parking space and back, BMW ConnectedDrive offers a so-called intermodal routing system and for the very first time in combination with the Navigation System Expert. This likewise includes public transport connections such as subway stops if this implies you can reach your destination quicker. From the real journey in the BMW i3, searching for a parking space, changing onto a metro and or a strolling path, the BMW i ConnectedDrive services take the customer to his location effectively.