BMW’s first electric car – the i3 – received its first major update this summer. By far and away, the largest criticism of the BMW i3 has been its range. For 2017 models, the BMW i3 now features a higher-density 94 Ah battery, compared to the previous i3’s 60 Ah battery, good for 114 miles of range in the all-electric version – a 41% improvement over the earlier BEV version of the car.
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BMW will also continue to offer the Range Extender model which was recently approved by EPA for sale in the United States. The 2017 BMW i3 REx has an all-electric range of 97 miles, and thanks to the 2.4 gallon fuel tank, it will get an additional 83 miles of driving, for a total range of 180 miles – which translates to just 30 more net miles over the 2016 i3 REx.
The 54% larger battery translated to just a 34% increase in all electric range, and the new 26% larger fuel tank (the previous model had the tank limited to 1.8 gallons) has translated to only 6% more range on petrol.
The 2017 BMW i3 REx starts from $47,450, $1,200 more than the 22 kWh/2016 edition.