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BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto

BMW range-extender targets same in NZ

July 30, 2013, 8:35 am Bosselman Yahoo! New Zealand

distinctions are likely to be set aside BMW’s battery-predominant i3 commuter car New Zealand.

BMW fans who would contemplate cross shopping a against a 5-Series or a Captiva an X5 might like to take BMW New lead and keep a ‘mere’ – albeit one unlike any other – in when considering Munich’s four-seater five-door.

In comment the new i3, whose full production were released globally the Auckland-based distributor says its car will be pitched as a premium – the world’s first pure prestige car — the $85,000 Volt is nonetheless the barometer.

That’s simply because is the only other car here now – and for the future – with comparable

The i3 comes in two forms internationally – electric or, like the Volt, that powertrain backed up by a petrol engine (a 18kW from the brand’s motorcycle to generate electricity to feed, via the bank, the synchronous 1235kW/250Nm motor. That’s the one we’ll

“We believe the pure electric i3 also be a success here, but the customer feedback has shown for the range extender, because of the peace of mind this spokesman Edward Finn

In exclusive comment to Yahoo! about where the i3 will into the market, BMW New Zealand director Nina Englert clear that while pricing and specification was still worked on, she anticipated it will be to compete specifically with product.

BMW NZ isn’t denying that means the Volt, rather an orthodox hybrid like the Lexus CT200h ($72,500) and Prius ($54,780) or a pure like the $69,700 Nissan

“The price of the new BMW i3 will be competitive, especially when with other similar in the market at present,” Englert

There’s no escaping that the i3 is an car to create and build, she conceded. into account the research and plus new tooling and manufacturing with building an all-new from the ground up – rather simply adapting an existing – development costs are substantial. “

The i3 is than the Volt, but is shaping up to be more of a loss-leader. It utilises more highly exotic materials, with a chassis composed of aluminium. In order to as a safety cell, the body is from carbon fibre.

Lightness is another aim: All up, the car 1195kg.

The lithium ion eDrive are the most advanced ever in a production car and are so good that the i3 require full recharge two to three days if used in an environment. Drive is sent a single ratio gearbox to the end of the electric motor, offering the of three driving modes: Eco Pro and Eco Pro plus.

The 22kWh lithium ion produced by Samsung and bearing a valid for up to six years or 160,000kms, 96 individual cells mounted the flat floor structure. It has designed to allow the replacement of cells on an individual basis.

Even with the petrol it’s still primarily an city device. The range is 300km – double that of the electric i3 yet still half the — and top speed of 150kmh is for a BMW.

BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto

BMW NZ has made no secret it intends the i3 to make a major even the sales volume (or cited target) is modest, as it will be. Holden NZ has registered a handful of Volts.

Could do better? While maintaining previously expressed to Yahoo! that the i3 is especially well-suited to New Englert notes again the of Government support that in many other recipient

“Given the high proportion of energy available, Kiwi are in a unique situation to take a leadership position when it to sustainable motoring.

“New Zealand, as a globally ‘clean green’ country, be doing more to make motoring more attractive to motorists,” she continued.

“Many markets are more progressive and incentives which encourage motoring, but it’s something does not look like it is on the agenda here.”

As with BMW seems likely to restrict the sale to select main outlets with specialist

“With it being such a product we will be initially availability through limited channels,” Englert said.

information regarding exactly this looks like be made available in due course, will be in the very near as these sites will to undergo specific development in with the corporate identity with BMW ‘i’.”

Ultimately the i3 be followed by the i8, a larger, more sister machine that traditional Prius-like hybrid Set for global reveal next the i8 is more of a performance car and will cost around $280,000 or

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BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto

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