The BMW i3 is first introduced into BMW Centres in 2013. It is not only the first BMW with an electric motor, but also the first mass-produced vehicle ever with a carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) passenger cell. Its curb weight is similar to a normal compact car, even with the battery. Many BMW i3 components are also made of renewable raw materials.
The electric motor produces 170 hp (125 kW) with a torque immediately applied at full power. From 2016 the standard battery in the BMW i3 increased in capacity from 60Ah to 94 Ah. The BMW i3S, introduced in 2017, offers additional power producing 184 hp (135 kW). The introduction of the BMW i3 with a 120 Ah battery in 2018, saw the removal from sale of the optional range extender (a petrol engine to charge the battery) model in the UK. The range of the BMW i3 120Ah is up to 190 miles (WLTP*) and the battery can be charged to 80% within 42 minutes at a fast charging station. Well over 200,000 vehicles have been built so far.
Production period: 2013 – today
Engines: Electric motor (125 – 134 kW, 170 – 184 hp), optional range extender available until 2018 (0.65 l petrol engine, 28 kW, 38 hp)
Length/width/height: 3,999 – 4,011 mm/1,775 mm/1,578 mm
Range (electric): up to 190 miles (WLTP*)
*These figures were obtained after the battery had been fully charged. There is a new test for fuel consumption, CO2 and electric range figures. The electric range shown was achieved using the new test procedure. Figures shown are for comparability purposes. Only compare fuel consumption, CO2 and electric range figures with other cars tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including the starting charge of the battery, accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load.