BMW i3 battery retrofit not available for the U.S. market

BMW i | May 2nd, 2016 by 12
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BMW announced yesterday an important upgrade to the i3 family of electric cars. For 2017 models, the BMW i3 will now feature a higher-density 94 …

BMW announced yesterday an important upgrade to the i3 family of electric cars. For 2017 models, the BMW i3 will now feature a higher-density 94 Ah battery, compared to the previous i3’s 60 Ah battery, that will provide the i3 a range of around 114 miles, with maybe ever more if all the A/C and heating systems are turned off and the car is in ECO Pro+ mode.

This new 94 Ah battery has a capacity of 33 kWh (kilowatt hours), thanks to a higher density of the lithium-ion cells. Yet, despite the added capacity, the battery hasn’t increased in size at all, meaning it fits perfectly into the same battery tray as the previous-gen i3’s.

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At the time of the announcement, BMW said the i customers will have the opportunity of retrofitting their purely electric BMW i3 (60 Ah) with the new 33 kWh battery as part of a high-voltage retrofit program. The press release said the program is available in selected markets. We reached out today to BMW of North America who confirmed the battery retrofit program won’t be an option in the U.S. – at least for the time being.

“A battery retrofit is only available in select markets and at this point, the US market is not participating in a retrofit option,” said Hector Arellano-Belloc, BMW NA spokesperson. “However, BMW of North America remains open to changes in market demand and will continue to research and develop all possible options for our customers.”

The updated 2017 BMW i3 will hit U.S. showrooms this summer with a new exterior color as well – Protonic Blue Metallic color, previously only available on the BMW i8.

12 responses to “BMW i3 battery retrofit not available for the U.S. market”

  1. Manny Antunes says:

    I wouldn’t want to pay $5K or even potentially north of that to retrofit my already obsolete i3. That’s why I lease. Now I’m looking forward to my 2017 i3 in Prtonic blue with moonroof and deka world trim with the 20s :)

  2. CDspeed says:

    That figures, my order back in 2014 said I was getting the sunroof, and then they pulled that. They gave complementary quick charging to i3 customers after a certain point, and cut off their earliest customers, and in many cases supporters. And now you aren’t allowed an upgrade even if for some strange reason your pack failed. Oh well, I’m getting 100 miles in ECO Pro, and like most I’ll have probably gotten something new long before I’d ever need another battery.

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  4. JP White says:

    The value of second hand i3’s will be low. A retrofit option would have helped retain additional value well above the LEAF wiih buyers picking a secondhand i3 and replacing the battery to get a longer range i3 for much less than new. Now the i3 will go the way of LEAF in the secondhand market.

  5. […] Upcoming retrofit: BMW i3 owners will soon be able to retrofit their current EV with the new 33kWh battery pack. The programme is not available in all markets. As of now, U.S. owner, for example, are left wanting for more range. Unless, of course, they trade their i3 for a newer model. bmwblog.com […]

  6. […] take this announcement as further evidence that BMW of North America will absolutely participate in BMW’s battery upgrade program, even if they decided not to do so just […]

  7. […] take this announcement as further evidence that BMW of North America will absolutely participate in BMW’s battery upgrade program, even if they decided not to do so just […]

  8. […] take this announcement as further evidence that BMW of North America will absolutely participate in BMW’s battery upgrade program, even if they decided not to do so just […]

  9. […] take this announcement as further evidence that BMW of North America will absolutely participate in BMW’s battery upgrade program, even if they decided not to do so just […]

  10. […] take this announcement as further evidence that BMW of North America will absolutely participate in BMW’s battery upgrade program, even if they decided not to do so just […]

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