Drive BMW i3 Review

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BMW i3  Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto

Greg Kable

Forget you ever thought about cars; BMW’s i3 is a sign of to come.

First previewed in car form back in 2011, the contemporary four seat has now progressed to pre-production stage Australian sales slated to in 2014 as part of a worldwide out for BMW s i brand.

The i3 is the first road-going BMW to be based around a body constructed entirely out of carbon

BMW says the use of carbon fibre the structure of the i3 has not only helped in an impressively low — by electric car — 1195kg kerb but also provided greater with its overall performance by allowing the use of a smaller capacity than would have possible with more steel monocoque construction that used by its more models.

Stylistically, the production of the i3 differs little to the most concept of the new four seater . It is a looking car boasting proportions not those of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class but a much more contemporary The lack of B-pillars (the at the side between the front and doors) has allowed the use of coach at the rear to provide excellent to the rear quarters.

Power from a 125kW electric mounted low down within the axle assembly a position has allowed BMW to devote the entire under the bonnet to improve worthiness.


But as with all electric it is the torque rating that counts. With 250Nm, BMW s ever series production car boasts 10Nm more the turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder powered Mini Cooper S . and it 1600rpm earlier, from the first degree of throttle It is all sent to the rear wheels via a ratio gearbox that the choice between a trio of modes: Comfort, ECO-PRO and

BMW s efforts in keeping weight in are clearly reflected in the official claims which see the i3 dash 0-60km/h in 3.8sec and 0-100km/h in figures which see it burst out of the and achieve typical urban with greater gusto but well on par with the Mini S to the traditional benchmark. Top speed is to 150km/h, at which the engine is a maximum 11,400rpm, to protect the of charge and subsequently its range.

On important subject, the new BMW is claimed to an overall range of up to 190km on a battery charge, although should only be taken as a guide to the sort of distance it is capable of achieving. BMW s own real projections are altogether less at 130km in wintery conditions but in summer climates. Still, are well within the 41km daily commute the German car has identified in worldwide customer of the Mini E and BMW 1-Series ActiveE the of which ran the same basic as the i3. As it is, BMW describes the i3 s range as being to meet the day to day mobility needs of the customers .

To allay any lingering uncertainty customers might have stepping from a traditional diesel or hybrid into the ranks of electric propulsion, BMW offer the i3 with a range (REX) option by way of a modified of the 650cc two-cylinder petrol used in the company s CT650 GT with a nine litre tank sited low down of the front seats in the space dedicated to the gearbox in a conventional car. This is likely to be the option available in Australia the i3 arrives next year.

next to the electric motor the boot floor at the rear, the engine has been tuned to at up to 4300rpm. It acts purely as a to provide electricity to the battery. the system used by the Holden , it does not provide direct of any kind, which is a first for a production electric car.

So the new BMW is claimed to provide a range of up to

The 22kWh battery used to the i3 s electric motor is produced by and comes with a warranty is valid for up to eight years or Claimed to weigh 230kg, it of 96 individual cells mounted low across the entire length and of the car s flat floor. BMW says the ion unit, which operates at 360 has been designed to allow of damaged cells and is kept at an operating temperature of 20 degrees by an individual air conditioning unit.

times for the i3 vary quite depending on the strength of charge at an individual property or charging BMW offers a so-called wall box that in its most basic 2kW is claimed to provide a full within six hours. When into a contemporary 40kW charge station the battery can be from 20 per cent to 80 per cent within 30 minutes, according to

Interestingly, field studies the Mini E and 1-series ActiveE that 90 per cent of charging was out at private residences.

Underneath, the i3 a bespoke chassis that is to boast a typical-for-BMW perfectly 50:50 front-to-rear weight The front end is supported by MacPherson while the rear end uses a link arrangement that directly to the bell housing of the motor. Within the generously wheelhouses are standard 19-inch aluminium wheels shod relatively narrow 155/70 tyres a combination that BMW not only provides weight for low unsprung masses but excellent properties and extremely low rolling

Getting in the i3 you step up over sills and sit rather high by BMW standards. The seat squab is a considerable 170mm higher that in the 1-Series at 670mm the ground, placing your well above the waistline and a commanding view of the road. It is 90mm higher than the in the X1 . so you sit at genuine SUV height.

The seats offer little in the way of lateral within the squab but they firm cushioning and feature a dished backrest with headrests. There is no electronic adjustment. And there won t be, even as an Such a modern day luxury require electricity that otherwise be used to extend argues BMW.

Manual adjustment it is, then.

The interior is unlike any other from the car maker with heavily windscreen, deep dashboard of any traditional centre stack and a flat floor all of which the i3 a feel that is oddly of the old Mercedes-Benz A-Class in many at least from the front

The new BMW provides ample room for adults, although the rear are fixed and the rear seat is not than a mere bench adequate but far from outstanding of legroom. The boot is also small and boasts a rather loading lip owing to the state-of-the-art sited beneath it.

It is a thoroughly driving environment dominated by the themed dashboard, a steering that is not as vertically mounted as in BMW models and upright seating.

The control takes the form of a pod extends out from the steering and sits well within line of sight, housing the button, park mechanism and shifter forward for D; middle for N; backwards for R. There s also a cluster of controls down the front seats, including a new on BMW s iDrive rotary controller, a for an electronic park brake and the switch to alter the drive very much the key to balancing and range.

Pressing the start (instead of turning a key) and nudging the gear lever (rather than drawing a backwards) with the palm of hand selecting D in one movement very intuitive and distinctly new There is a faint whine the electric motor as we get underway but from the distant sound of the rolling across the bitumen the is pleasantly hushed. In the first or two, it is the directness of the steering, a ratio system tuned at a 2.5 turns lock-to-lock, that our attention. The electro-hydraulic system, related to the set-up to be adopted on the new hatchback due to make its world at the Los Angeles motor show this year, is terrifically for a car conceived primarily for urban and unlike some systems it is keen to self centre.

The fact that the front are not asked to channel any power helps.

Thanks to its relatively low the i3 offers instantaneous acceleration and pace up to and beyond typical speed limits. The official claims appear entirely for a car of this size, but the reality of the 250Nm being delivered to the wheels the very moment you the throttle relates to genuinely properties the sort you just don t get a traditional petrol or diesel car.

The default driving is Comfort , which is designed to maximum performance up to 150km/h. The of energy recuperation, and with it the effect on a trailing throttle, on the mode you choose. Backing from the throttle in ECO-PRO+, the efficient of the three driving provides quite aggressive of retardation as the electric motor is as a generator to collect kinetic on the overrun; so much so that you need more than a dab of the brakes.

The energy recuperation is so assertive in its action, BMW has programmed the lights to illuminate if it causes the i3 to abruptly, something it says only ever occur on runs. As well as calling up the aggressive energy recuperation, ECO mode also limits top to 80km/h, reduces the performance of the air system in a bid to save electric and, in combination with a range of navigation features, also route you on roads favourable topography in a bid to provide the possible range.

The combination of strong accelerative properties, a power delivery and an energy system you can rely upon to an instant braking effect the you come off the throttle gives the that the i3 will be a terrific car. We ve only driven it on a track, but our limited test revealed it possesses all the likeable of the earlier Mini E and 1-series but with even more performance, added range and a far commanding driving position.

But this is not the best it has to offer. agility is the defining characteristic of the i3. its lightweight carbon fibre structure and lithium ion batteries as low as possible underneath the floor, the new BMW a centre of gravity that, at from the ground, is described as close to that of the X1.

Combine with typical rear drive dynamic qualities and the responsive driveline and you have the for a truly engaging drive.

is a noticeable degree of roll you throw it into tightening at higher speeds. The tall but comically narrow tyres a surprising amount of grip, you to edge up to the point where begins to fade with a tale squeal with a deal of confidence before the DSC stability control) is set into

We ll need more time the wheel on public roads we can deliver any confident appraisal of quality. On the rougher road around the periphery of the BMW test where we drove it, the i3 hinted its long wheel base, aspect ratio tyres and wheel travel provides the for a more comfort oriented than recent BMW models. s no obvious fidgeting over ridges, although the jury is out on its ability to cope with bumps.

Pricing is yet to be announced, officials suggest the i3 will here at around $60,000. The extender option, something BMW s suggest won t be required by many customers but will clearly be after for peace of mind, likely add a further $5000 at

Those in the market for an electric car are of their limitations. But ultimately are very few with the new BMW. The i3 is not a car not in the traditional sense, anyway. It is a individual but inherently practical and fun to alternative to existing city

11 comments so far

Considering how loyal Hyundai cult-fans are to their hero — it will be an to them that now their i30 be mistaken as a European i3

Commenter Location Date and time 10, 2013, 10:49AM

Radical car is fun to drive and funky to look at. and of course.

Come on $60 000. is it a

Commenter Jim Location BNE Date and July 10, 2013, 11:05AM

I was pleasantly surprised by the price. Yes a lot for a car this size, but since it has two and a carbon fibre body the price actually seems in the of reasonable. Still beyond my as a daily runabout, especially you’d need another car for long trips, but it bodes for the future of this technology.

I’m still not a fan of the way it looks,

Commenter CaseThree Location and time July 10, 2013,

BMW i3  Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto

You don’t have to own another car for use. In Germany, and maybe BMW has Add-on mobility, a loan whereby you leave your i3 at a where you pick up a different BMW for trips, etc. Sure it costs extra, no doubt a bit extra, but when you calculate the of owning a car that’s very used, renting or borrowing a car for specific travel is a cost-effective

Commenter johnniesazzler Location Kembla Date and time 11, 2013, 9:03PM

What a concept. I would buy one to replace the 6 cylinder petrol family car if the government is prepared to put their policy where their is and provide the sort of incentives in Europe get. This accelerated depreciation, no FBT and no registration as well as reduced goods and taxes for private owners.

A opportunity for the government to show they are serious about emissions and for consumers to follow

Commenter Babyboomer Location Date and time July 10, 11:26AM

Interesting comment In France in the last 2 or 3 years I they have a 5000 rebate on green cars, electric or hybrid. A Renault Neo cost around 15 000 euro.

in our less than $21 000. A to get the 60 000 BMW.

Commenter JIM Location BNE and time July 10, 2013,

At this price it is still to buy a cheap V8 spend what you on the perchase price on fuel, and your driving!Besides electic is not the ,The power grid in is stretched to the limit, if everyone had cars the system would not close to meeting demand.You need at least two more stations! Coal fired? Oh no too

Nuclear? Oh no too dangerous. so this is no soulution.

Commenter Dan the Man Location and time July 10, 2013,

I am glad u r not running the country dan the how can we have progress if we don’t things?did we have airports aeroplanes? U design something as a to a problem and in this case due to the nature of the engineering and infrastructure, may take some time to out on a large scale. Your is continuous and ludditic throughout history whenever progress is useful or necessary.

Oh that wont work, just keep things the if it ain’t broke etc This really gets up my goat so you dan for pointing out the improvements that to be made to make this.a.mass.market Your clarity is my clarity.

disco biscuit Location and time July 11, 2013,

disco biscuit, Dan the Man is spot on. he reality, you speak of ideals and dreams. What gets up my is we spend billions of BORROWED tax dollar on these ideals. wind, geo-thermal, tide with little or nothing to Huge expensive monstrosities generate little power, tested and FAILED with a F, I personally think a combination of nuclear and hydro is smart way to go.

star for you Dan the Man, if only WE HAD like you running the country! that people think Spain’s socialist ultra-green is something to aspire to, a country in diabolical disarray, 50% unemployment the youth, in debt to the hilt and of solar companies broke the money ran out. this is Progress, the buzz word for the downed group thinking

What next DB a car with wings allowing us to fly. lets not be negative, lets billions of borrowed money on it!

Seats and a steering wheel Date and time July 11, 1:37PM

Interesting stuff. driving if your in a city mode, but the Toyota Prius is the best REAL car alternative and the Hybrid in the world to date!

some people love the and others dislike it. no-one can the cars credentials as a brilliant AND highway vehicle. The latest has three power modes for and its ‘ Power’ mode is acceptable in almost any day to day driving.

The disadvantage for the BMW badge is still far too

Commenter GRUMBLEBUM Location and time July 10, 2013,

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