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BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW Auto

Greg Kable

Revealed: BMW i3

BMW off its high stakes bid for electric supremacy in style on Monday the unveiling of the production version of the i3 the of what the German car maker will be a complete range of and hybrid models to be sold its new i brand.

In simultaneous presentations in London, New York and Beijing, BMW members lifted the veil on the electric car, revealing a hatchback that remains in size and appearance to the earlier i3 revealed at the 2011 Frankfurt show but with more five door arrangement for practicality and ease of entry.

The i3, boasts a claimed all-electric of between 130 and 160km, is planned to go on in Australia by mid-2014 at a price to be around $50,000. A so-called extender option, which a small petrol engine acts as a generator to produce on the run, will be available the start of sales, providing a in real world range at

Among the i3 s prime electric car will be the Nissan Leaf and Zoe . the latter not sold here.

the earlier limited production E and BMW 1-Series ActiveE both of acted as a test bed for the new BMW, the i3 be available for outright purchase or on a scheme with a fixed and 36 monthly payments.

Among the being considered to entice is a program that will customers to secure more BMW models at reduced rentals for limited periods or on weekends.

under the working title City Vehicle a name to focus attention on its suitability for driving, the i3 represents a number of for BMW, which is reputed to spent up to 2 billion Euros billion) in research, development, and production processes for the new four-seater. A 1 billion is rumoured to be reserved for and marketing of the new BMW i brand, under the new car will be sold.

Included among the innovations is a inner body structure entirely out of carbon fibre is woven and cured at the company s in Landshut, Germany. At 1195kg, the i3 about 90kg less the 1-Series despite using a that is claimed to weigh a 230kg. The inherent strength of the used to support its carbon reinforced body panels has BMW design team to do away B-pillars (the pillars front and rear doors) and rear-hinged coach style at the rear.

At 3999mm in length, in width and 1578mm in height, the i3 is shorter, 10mm wider and taller than the second-generation hatchback. It rides on a chassis has a wheelbase 120mm shorter that of its existing entry model at 2570mm, providing the new car with relatively short front and 722mm rear

The i3 is the first series production BMW to purely on electricity for propulsion. But in a harking back to the company s illustrious combustion engine it eschews front-wheel-drive for a more rear-drive layout in the interests of packaging, low speed maneuverability and executives describe as class steering response.

Power is by a synchronous electric motor within an aluminium sub-assembly the rear axle. Produced the unit, known under the BMW banner, provides 125kW and of torque some 7kW less but 7Nm than the Mini Cooper S s 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol

Drive is sent to the rear via a single ratio gearbox to the end of the electric motor, offering the of three driving modes: Eco Pro and Eco Pro+.

Electric energy to run the i3 s motor is provided by a 22kWh ion battery produced by Samsung and a warranty valid for up to six years or It consists of 96 individual cells within the flat floor and has been designed to allow the of damaged cells rather the entire unit. By packaging the as low down in the i3 s carbon fibre structure as possible, BMW claims to achieved a centre of gravity than that of the X1.

According to the official European electric car power consumption the i3 requires an average 12.9kWh/100km, it with an overall range of in comfort mode.

BMW, quotes a real world of between 130 and 160km, depending on temperature in the least efficient of its modes, comfort. In its most state in EcoPro+ mode, in it is limited to a top speed of 80km/h, the new BMW is to provide a zero local range of up to 200km. In studies the earlier limited production E and BMW 1-Series ActiveE, BMW identified a average range of 41km participating customers.

A range (REX) option that as a generator to provide electricity to the whilst on the run will be available the start of sales at a premium of $4000, providing a more 60 per cent increase to the i3 s theoretical in Eco-Pro+ mode at a claimed

The range extender uses a two-cylinder petrol engine from BMW s C650 CT maxi-scooter 25kW and 55Nm of torque. It is longitudinally at the rear next to the motor while a nine fuel tank is sited the i3 s flat floor at the base of the bulkhead. There is no direct to the rear wheels from the extender, merely the generation of

So configured, the i3 adds 120kg at and is claimed to require an average with the petrol engine at 0.6L/100km for average CO2 emissions of on the European Union test

With a power-to-weight ratio of in EV (electric vehicle) configuration, the i3 official 0-60km/h and 0-100km/h times of 3.7 seconds and 7.2 seconds along with a 80-120km/h of 4.9 seconds.

In REX (range extender) with 10.5kg/kW, the times are put at 3.9 7.9 seconds and 5.5 seconds respectively. variants boast a top speed to 150km/h.

Recharging of the battery is plug in means and the recuperation of energy created during of coasting and under braking. BMW it takes less than 30 to achieve an 80 per cent charge on a charger as found in some recharging stations, and a rather impressive eight hours on a power socket. A tub underneath the front bonnet provides space for the recharging cable.

recuperation in EcoPro+ mode is to generate up to 50kW of kinetic on a trailing throttle.

The i3 rides on a aluminium chassis with a strut front and five-link suspension. The steering, shared the upcoming new-generation Mini, is a assisted electro-mechanical arrangement with a nominal 2.5 turns to lock give the new BMW a relatively 9.9 metre turning circle. As its more traditional models, the car maker claims a perfect front-to-rear weight distribution.

The cast aluminium wheels are in diameter and come shod ultra narrow 155/70 tyres a combination BMW claims a significant reduction in both air and resistance together with side wall compliance and grip levels to more 16-inch wheels with rubber. Buyers will be able to specify larger wheels with 155/60 and 175/50 profile tyres.

the i3 provides dedicated seating for on manually adjustable seats a highly contemporary styled close in appearance to the i3 concept. The seats are mounted 170mm than those in the 1-Series at with the rear seats even higher still. capacity is hampered by the rear drive system and high with a nominal 260 litres the i3 100 litres less than the hatchback.

The i3 will be produced on a dedicated line at BMW s Leipzig plant in in both left- and right-hand guises.

Sales are planned to get in selected markets this with the first Australian slated to begin by June

Together with the advanced i3, BMW has developed a wide range of applications available through its suite dedicated to taking the car to a whole new level of efficiency provide a new face to everyday via connectivity solutions that it to be to be networked with various of public transport to provide the German car maker describes as levels of personal mobility.

The i3 is the of in a range of new BMW i brand models for introduction to the Australian market the next 18 months. Following the new in showrooms will be a production of the i8 concept car, a petrol-electric that aims to mate car efficiency with sports car Both are due to make their debuts at the upcoming Frankfurt show.

20 comments so far

Such a shame they cost so for batteries isnt it.And more regrettable that add to coal usage ,already so .Wonder why they all are jumping on the powered cars at this in time?Could it be profit motives?

Kane Location Date and July 30, 2013, 10:08AM

A few ago it looked like Hydrogen was to be the next big thing and BMW looked it was going to be a pioneer in that but very little has been (at least in the mainstream media) hydro for a while, so I wonder killed it. I like the range concept of using a small engine to recharge batteries than a combined petrol/electric like in a hybrid car — surprising more manufacturers gone this route it would seem like the more proven technology and surely be simpler to implement.

Commenter CaseThree Location and time July 30, 2013,


. because not everywhere in the is so dependent on brown coal stations as Victoria. Some use (for better or worst); use gas fired power and some use renewables.

What makes me the most, is why people bother diesels in matchbox cars it should only be used for dont tell me its because of the Hybrids routinely get 1000 and dont require any external Not ideal, but a good start.

BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW Auto

Jack Jack Location Date and time July 30, 1:22PM

Jack Jack, torque in a small car? Yes

Commenter lolwat Location and time July 30, 2013,

Love my 2009 Astra manual. Quick, economical and good range.economy. I bet it’s a quicker than a Prius or any Hybrid.

I think Hydrogen was by the lack of a distribution network. is almost everywhere.

I like the of this BMW. price is OK it’s a BM.

Commenter IrishPete Date and time July 31, 7:21PM

So with a quick at the Aus Grid kw/h charges, i you’d be looking at $2.66 per 100 in costs, which is better the most frugal petrol/diesel Say the average urban ltr/100k in a or diesel is 6ltr/100 @ $1.50, $9 per 100km, $6.34 more the i3. But at the i3 price mark, im thinking it take approx 78,8643k you break even. My commute to is 22k round trip, or 14440 k in 3 so with a 3 year lease i break even!

Obviously is you drove more you would, but it shows how things to change price wise for for it to become useful. I for one would to have an i3 to get to work.**

** BTW, was not my strong point, so im ready to be on this!!

Commenter koolerking Date and time July 30, 10:31AM

And in other news, sues BMW for trademark infringement.

Jase Location Melbourne and time July 30, 2013,

Court rulings have declared no entity can own a letter. has happened with Apple.

Jaques Location Date and July 30, 2013, 3:58PM

Up with the ugliest cars of the 10 years and of course Aussie will be north of $80K, so the point?

Commenter daffy Date and time July 30, 12:11PM

No, they announced as 50K same as a entry level 3 I don’t actually think it that ugly

Commenter N Date and time July 30, 2:05PM

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