Confirmed: 2017 BMW i3 Gets 50% Range Increase, Arrives In July

The long anticipated range improvements for the 2017 BMW i3 became not only a confirmed thing today, but BMW also announced that first deliveries would happen in under three months!

BMW i3 Gets 50% Range Bump For 2017

BMW i3 Gets 50% Range Bump For 2017

BMW UK sent out two special mailers to interested consumers and current owners on the subject today:

“Before the official announcement, we wanted you to be the first to know that, from July, the BMW i3 will be available with a new, higher capacity lithium-ion battery, so you can travel up to 50%* further on one charge.”

BMW also states you can pre-order now to get the new edition of the car in July.

As a point of reference, here are the “real world”/EPA range specs on the BMW i3 (both the all-electric and with range extending option) that comes equipped with a 22 kWh battery:

  • BMW i3 BEV: 81 miles/130 km
  • BMW i3 Rex: 72 miles/115 km

Assuming a true 50% range increase, the 2017 BMW i3 would have a ~33 kWh battery, and the following ranges:

  • BWW i3 BEV: 120 miles/195 km
  • BMW i3 REx: 108 miles/175 km

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