Bmw electric car i3 review. Utilizing bmws new for 2017 94 amp or 33 kwh battery which ups electric only. Its carbon fiber reinforced plastic body shell aluminum underpinnings and battery. Just as before the i3 is available in an all electric form or as a range extended petrol electric version that falls back on a two cylinder petrol engine when its drive battery becomes depleted. The bmw i3 was designed from the ground up as an eco car and so it doesnt feel as compromised as rivals such as the audi a3 e tron which is based around a conventional platform.
The range extended i3 such as the giga world model ive been driving is arguably the most relevant of the bunch. The i3 and i3s are offered with an optional range extending gasoline enginethe i3 was bmws first mass produced zero emissions vehicle and was launched as part of bmws electric vehicle. The bmw i3 is an intriguing little car. If the bmw i3s battery goes flat an optional generator adds range but the demitasse of a gas tank induces its own anxiety.
Bmw is pulling a page from teslas playbook and offering the i3 electric car with a larger battery pack option as part of a 2017 model year update. While the base bmw i3 uses the same 216 kwh. Bmw has told its dealers to hold all sales of its 2018 i3 electric car due to a compliance issue detected by the nhtsa. Find out why the 2014 bmw i3 is rated 74 by the car connection experts.
The german automaker will also recall about 30000 examples of the bmw i3. Read the review at car and driver.