BMW i3 Update







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: October 15, 2013
Categories: BMW, BMW i3

Market launch of the BMW i3 heralds the dawn of a new era in  electric mobility; the new BMW i brand presents the BMW Group’s first  volume-produced model driven purely by electric power; visionary  design; revolutionary vehicle architecture; familiar BMW driving  pleasure; innovative connectivity; future-focused premium character  strongly defined by sustainability; product substance unmatched by any  rival is rooted in the well-founded research and development work  carried out as part of project i and the superior technological  expertise of the BMW Group.

BMW i3

  • The BMW i3 is an uncompromising and attractive solution to  personal mobility requirements of the present and the future in urban  areas; first premium car worldwide purpose-designed to run purely on  electric power – and therefore emission-free; specially developed  LifeDrive architecture, BMW eDrive drive technology, customary BMW  rear-wheel drive and revolutionary lightweight design underpin the  perfect balance of driving pleasure, range and weight; the BMW i3’s  carbon footprint is around a third smaller than that of the BMW 118d –   the World Green Car of the Year 2008 – or around 50 per cent smaller  if the car is running on power generated from renewable sources.
  • Passenger cell (Life module) made from carbon-fibre-reinforced  plastic (CFRP); drivetrain technology, high-voltage battery, chassis,  crash and structural functions integrated into the aluminium Drive  module; DIN kerb weight: 1,195 kilograms; low centre of gravity; even  weight distribution; spacious interior with four seats; slightly  raised seating position; opposing “coach” doors; torsional stiffness  of CFRP passenger cell structure allows the omission of B-pillars;  centre tunnel has also been omitted, thanks to the positioning of the  electric motor directly on the driven rear axle; boot capacity: 260 – 1,100 litres.
  • Groundbreaking design based around signature BMW i design  language; faithful visualisation of sporting capability and  efficiency; distinctive proportions; hallmark BMW i colour scheme,  including exterior “black belt”; distinctive side view exuding  lightness – with stream flow lines and large window surfaces; short  overhangs; enclosed BMW kidney grille; bespoke design for the  headlights and rear light clusters with U-shaped LED arrangement; rear  lights integrated into the fully glazed tailgate.
  • Innovatively designed interior with a clear emphasis on  spaciousness, cutting-edge functionality and a future-focused premium  character; clear structuring provided by a surface design based on the  layering principle; lightweight seats; exceptionally high proportion  of naturally treated materials, recycled materials and renewable raw  materials; start/stop button and bespoke gear selector lever on the  steering column; instrument cluster and Control Display in  freestanding monitor form; iDrive operating system and Driving  Experience Control switch fitted as standard; four equipment lines  available: Atelier, Loft, Lodge and Suite.
  • BMW eDrive technology including electric motor and  high-performance lithium-ion battery developed and manufactured  independently by the BMW Group; hybrid synchronous electric motor  developed specifically for the i3, maximum output: 125 kW/170 hp, peak  torque: 250 Nm (184 lb-ft); power sent to the rear wheels via an  integrated differential gear; lithium-ion high-voltage battery with  usable energy capacity of 18.8 kWh; intelligent drivetrain and charge  management using power electronics developed by the BMW Group; battery  can be recharged from a domestic power socket, BMW i Wallbox or public  charging station.
  • Sporting driving characteristics and excellent agility;  acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.2 seconds, 0 to 60 km/h  (37 mph) in 3.7 seconds and from 80 to 120 km/h (50 to 75 mph) in  4.9 seconds; top speed, electronically limited: 150 km/h (93 mph);  turning circle: 9.86 metres.
  • Energy consumption: 12.9 kilowatt hours per 100 kilometres (62  miles) in the EU test cycle; more efficient than any competitor,  efficiency further optimised through specific BMW EfficientDynamics  technology, such as Brake Energy Regeneration, ECO PRO and ECO PRO+  mode including coasting function; range under everyday conditions: 130   – 160 kilometres (approx. 80 – 100 miles) when COMFORT mode is engaged  using the Driving Experience Control switch; range can be increased by  20 kilometres (12 miles) when ECO PRO or ECO PRO+ mode are activated;  additional option: two-cylinder range extender petrol engine  developing 25 kW/34 hp maintains a minimum charge level and boosts  range to around 300 kilometres (185 miles).
  • Sophisticated chassis technology enables a well-balanced  combination of agile handling and impressive ride comfort; MacPherson  single-joint spring strut front suspension; five-link rear axle  mounted directly to the Drive module; Electric Power Steering; DSC  (Dynamic Stability Control) including DTC (Dynamic Traction Control);  19-inch forged light-alloy wheels as standard
  • Intelligent lightweight design, e.g. a CFRP passenger cell,  aluminium chassis, instrument panel with magnesium supporting  structure and weight optimisation of all components specially  developed for the i3; comprehensive safety concept with precisely  defined crash zones in the Drive module, extremely torsionally stiff  passenger cell and electronically controlled restraint systems.
  • Varied range of BMW ConnectedDrive features, including standard  BMW i functions; connectivity via a SIM card fitted in the vehicle;  BMW TeleServices and Intelligent Emergency Call as standard; optional  Driving Assistant Plus with camera-based Cruise Control including Stop  & Go function, Traffic Jam Assistant, Speed Limit Info and No  Passing Info display, pedestrian recognition and Collision Warning  with light city braking function, Proactive Driving Assistant;  optional parking assistance package with PDC at the front, rear view  camera and fully automatic Parking Assistant; optional Comfort Package  with features including a rain sensor, Cruise Control with braking  function, automatically dimming rear-view and exterior mirrors; also  available are BMW Online Entertainment, Concierge Services, Real Time  Traffic Information, use of the flinc car sharing network (only in  Germany for the time being) and other mobility services specific to  BMW i.
  • Services specific to BMW i available as part of 360° ELECTRIC:  BMW i Wallbox enabling convenient battery charging at home, ChargeNow  card allowing customers to use public charging stations without the  need for cash, innovative mobility services, intermodal route guidance  via smartphone app, MyCityWay and ParkatmyHouse.
  • Extensive standard equipment, including Navigation system  Professional with dynamic range display, USB and AUX-in sockets,  hands-free facility for telephone, air conditioning, leather steering  wheel, LED daytime driving lights, Park Distance Control (PDC) with  rear-mounted sensors, charging cable for use with a domestic power socket.
  • All-embracing sustainability concept across the entire value  chain; carbon fibre production at Moses Lake, USA, and vehicle  assembly at BMW Plant Leipzig using 100 per cent renewable energy; BMW  i packages for using eco power to charge the high-voltage battery;  innovative sales concepts for flexible access to personal mobility.