No official announcement from BMW – it is scheduled for Monday – but the information came from a note addressed to BMW customers in Britain, revealing that, from July, the BMW i3 will be equipped a new lithium-ion battery of 30 kWh to increase its autonomy of 50%. What offered the opportunity to cover about 220 km against 150 km with the current battery of 22 kWh, which, however, will retain his place in BMW catalog.
This is especially mechanically as the BMW i8 will evolve. Its electric motor is expected to grow to offer more than 131 horses currently available. What improve the total power, currently located at 362 horsepower. At the same time, a review of shift laws of the gearbox will gain acceleration. The 0-100 km / h in 4.4 seconds being done, should be closer to 4 seconds.
This progress is due to a higher density of the battery lithium-ion battery cells, which still retains the same dimensions. engine performance of 170 hp also remain the same since the city can go from 0 to 100 km / h in 7.3 seconds and 8.1 seconds for the i3 equipped with the range extender. On taking a quick load of 50 kW battery 94 h of i3 recovers 80% of its autonomy in less than 40 minutes, while a household outlet, recharging takes 12 hours.
The 94 Ah i3 will be available from 36,690 euros excluding bonuses (35,790 euros excluding bonus for the 60 Ah) and from 41 190 euros excluding bonuses for the 94 Ah i3 with range extender.