BMW CEO Harald Krueger says the BMW i3 will get a “battery facelift” in 2016. In an interview with Die Zeit, BMW’s chief says the i3 will take advantage next year of new battery technology.
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“Battery cell technology continues to evolve,” Krueger said. “The range of the i3 will be increased in 2016. A further technological improvement is to be expected in three or four years: Then you’ll be able to go twice as far on a single charge without any further increase in the weight of the battery.”
Our sources say the i3 will get a new battery with higher capacity and more efficient which will lead to a higher driving range. The i3 currently has a driving range of 81 miles – 72 mile when fitted with the range extender.
Same sources say BMW has yet to determine whether customers will be able to swap their current i3 battery pack – at a cost – or the two i3 models will be sold concurrently as Tesla does with its Model S vehicles. When pressed on the issue of battery swapping, Krueger said “We are currently looking into that.”
BMW is expected to launch the updated i3 in the second half of 2016.