2017 BMW i3 Gets 50% Range Increase, Arrives In July

BMW i | April 28th, 2016 by 16
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BMW UK sent out two special mailers to interested BMW i3 consumers and current owners confirming that the 2017 BMW i3 will get a 50 …

BMW UK sent out two special mailers to interested BMW i3 consumers and current owners confirming that the 2017 BMW i3 will get a 50 percent range increase. “Before the official announcement, we wanted you to be the first to know that, from July, the BMW i3 will be available with a new, higher capacity lithium-ion battery, so you can travel up to 50%* further on one charge,” the ad said. BMW also states you can pre-order now to get the new edition of the car in the Fall.

The increase in range is achieved through a higher density battery, but those information are under wraps until next week. The current BMW i3 BEV has a range of 81 miles/130 km, while the REx delivers 72 miles/115 km. The new model should deliver close to 124 miles / 200 km.

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Early inquiries to dealers in the UK suggest the larger battery option costs an additional £1350 ($1,950 USD), which is pretty reasonable – and also includes DC fast charging. The 2017 edition sees the deletion of the “Solar Orange” color option, replaced with “Protonic Blue.“

[Source: InsideEVs]

16 responses to “2017 BMW i3 Gets 50% Range Increase, Arrives In July”

  1. Sina says:

    Is this also for sale in the US in July or just the UK?

  2. freethinker says:

    not bad, but for a $50K car, it’s lagging a bit in range…

  3. Ramon A. Cardona says:

    This is good news. Yet, BMW has reported that the original i3 electric range suits 95% of owners’ needs. It seems that 95% of i3 owners with the range extender have never used it. The more capable model should appeal to more citizens on the planet. For sure, the fast charging option is a must and needs to be standard. Nissan needs to make the same decision. All LEAF’s should have fast charging. It cannot be that much more expensive, so profits shall not be affected. Why fast charging? Because not withstanding what a new owner many feel, or afford, the lack of fast charging will affect resale of the vehicle.

  4. 181 says:

    It will be an interesting market experiment to have an expensive 80 mile EV with optional, more costly 120 mile range vs the competition with 200 mile range at a lower price.

    I would not place my bets with BMW…

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