BMW i3 electric car is unveiled
BMW unveiled the production model of its new i3 electric compact July 29, 2013. The vehicle uses carbon-fiber and plant-fiber materials to keep the weight down and improve driving performance.
The production model of BMW's first electric car, the i3, was unveiled July 29, 2013 in Manhattan.
The BMW i3 starts at $41,350 and has a travel range of 80 to 100 miles.
The rear-wheel drive i3 can reach an electronically limited top speed of 93 miles per hour.
The BMW i3 is equipped with a 170-horsepower that delivers 184 pound-feet for the electric motor with a maximum of 11,400 rpm.
The i3 has the external footprint of a 1-Series with the interior space of a 3-Series, according to BMW.
The BMW i3 will hit U.S. dealerships during the second quarter of 2014 and will come with BMW's iRemote app, navigation and electro-mobility and intelligent emergency call (eCall) services.
The i3 comes with brake energy regeneration, which acts as an electricity generator. The process is speed-sensitive so that the car coasts for added efficiency at high speeds, and generates the strong braking effect at lower speeds, BMW said.
The BMW i3 is equipped with a 22-kwh, lithium-ion battery that weighs 450 pounds and takes three hours to charge.
The BMW i3 comes standard with 19-inch alloy wheels that can be upgraded to 20 inches.
An optional 650-cc gasoline powered Range Extender is optional for an additional $3,850. At roughly 330 pounds, it fits 2.4 gallons of gas that are used to hold a charge -- not power the wheels -- and can double the vehicle's range.