BMW CEO confirms 50 percent increase in range to 120 miles from 81

BMW i | March 20th, 2016 by 2
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For Automotive News, BMW CEO Harald Krueger confirmed a 50 percent increase in range to 120 miles from 81 for the 2017 i3 as well …

For Automotive News, BMW CEO Harald Krueger confirmed a 50 percent increase in range to 120 miles from 81 for the 2017 i3 as well as unspecified design changes to the electric car.

The current model consists of 8 x 2.7 kWh packs cells – each containing 12 x 3.75 volt, 60 Ah actual cells – wired in series for a nominal capacity of 21.8 kWh, 360 volts, of which 18.8 kWh are usable. The new battery is expected to have a 94Ah battery and the higher energy density will give the i3 an expected range of 120 miles.

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Our own sources say the company will sell the new models – BEV and REx – alongside the current i3 cars.

Today, the i3 is sold as a fully electric car and one with a Range Extender, both using the same 18.8 kWh lithium-ion battery. BMW has always touted that the two models are perfect for typical big-city commuters fitting the typical urban driving profile – 20 to 30 miles of daily driving.

The larger capacity battery in the i3 will allow for extended driving and it will arrive this year.

2 responses to “BMW CEO confirms 50 percent increase in range to 120 miles from 81”

  1. 181 says:

    1. It’s not enough
    2. Further increasing the price will make the i3 even less attractive vs the competition. It already struggles on price now and the 2017 competition isn’t even here yet.

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