Introduced in 2013, the BMW i3 combines emissions-free motoring with all-electric drive. The updated BMW i3 has undergone a series of upgrades with a larger battery cell capacity and an increased range.
Doubling in size, the new battery on the all-electric BMW i3 and i3s now has a capacity of 120Ah and a gross energy content of 42.2kWh.
The introduction of the new battery also brings a new exterior colour and a new colour for the optional interior world ‘Loft’ as well as optional Adaptive LED headlights featuring anti-dazzle functionality.
Optional telephony with wireless charging and wireless LAN hotspot will also be available for the BMW i3 and BMW i3s.
The latest range of high-voltage batteries on the new BMW i3 and i3s have increased in capacity without any increase in size.
The official range of the BMW i3 is now 223 miles (previously 180 to 186 miles) according to NEDC.
During everyday use, the two models are now able to cover a distance of 160 miles – an increase of almost 30 per cent from the previous 94Ah models.
Using rapid-charging stations that run on DC power, the battery will reach 80 per cent of its total power in 42 minutes.
Charging via the BMW i Wallbox enables fast charging with 80 per cent charge of in 4.9 hours. to the UK’s largest network of public charging stations.
Optional equipment now also includes telephony with wireless charging, which allows compatible smartphones to be recharged without use of a cable.
The BMW i3 and i3s go on sale from December 2018, with prices starting from £35,180