BMW says it plans to keep the smaller-range , $63,900 i3 on sale alongside the new 33kWh variant. BMW Australia said it was still in the early stages of working out pricing and specification of the bigger-batteried version.
As well as retrofitting older i3s with the new battery, BMW is also offering a more-powerful 11kW wall-mounted charging station that can recharge the i3 in three hours, compared with more than eight hours if recharged via a household plug.
At the time of the electric city car’s launch in 2014, BMW announced a loan-car program for buyers of the i3 that would see those customers able to take advantage of a loan car when they planned to take a longer trip.
That relied upon the notion that the i3 would be the only vehicle that the purchaser possessed, and that hasn’t necessarily been the case, according to the brand.
Acceleration figures from the 125 kW (170 hp) electric motor are unchanged, meaning the updated i3 will make it to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.3 seconds.
If you’re still concerned about range after the update, BMW will continue to offer a range extender version of the car. The little two-cylinder petrol engine adds another 150 km (93 mi) to the range – enough to allow a 33kWh i3 fitted with the range-extender option could cover 450 km (280 mi) in absolutely ideal conditions.