BMW starts to offer a new more powerful battery of 94 AH for its electric i3 and a range-extender, offering a better range.
The German company offers now a new 94 Ah battery for the i3 with a capacity of 33 kWh, pushing the range up to 195 miles in everyday driving conditions. The capacity of the battery with a higher storage density of its lithium ion cells has increased significantly without any changes in structure or exterior dimensions.
BMW offers now both battery types, the 60 Ah and the new 94 Ah. Bit the company also offers a range-extender for both versiones, an two cylinder gasoline engine with 38 HP. This engine powers a generator in order to produce electricity. It operates on a needs-based and highly efficient principle. As soon as the charging level of the lithium ion batteries drops to a certain level, the Range Extender kicks in to keep the charging level constant thus extending the range by 81 miles in everyday conditions. Fitting the car with the Range Extender has no influence on the available luggage volume: the nine-litre fuel tank is installed in the front section. The luggage compartment volume remains unchanged at 260 litres and can be extended to 1,100 litres with the rear seats folded down.
The BMW i3 with the new 94 Ah battery can be recognisable in the colour protonic Blue with its Frozen Grey metallic highlight, available exclusively for this model. Previously, this paintwork was reserved for the BMW i8 hybrid sports car.