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 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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