BMW i3 and i3 REx
The BMW i3 series compact hatchback is one of the most popular and best-selling electric vehicles of 2016. The BMW i3 and i3 REx is assembled at BMW’s Leipzig plant in Germany with the battery and drive train produced at the Dingolfing plant. The 2014 to 2016 models were equipped with 22kWh battery systems from Samsung, with the 2017 model year receiving a battery upgrade to a 33kWh battery capacity, increasing the range to around 120mi. The BMW i3 REx is essential a plug-in hybrid with an underpowered 647cc engine that serves as a generator for the batteries while driving.
BMW will unveil an upgrade of the BMW i3 in September 2017. No indication exists that the upgrade includes a larger battery and would be mostly style and technology based.T he 2018 BMW i3S Performance is expected to have an improved performance equal to 10 or 15 horsepower.
BMW i3 REx Specs
BMW i3 REx
BMW i3 SALES BY COUNTRY
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THE BMW i3 IN THE NEWS
2017 Week 34 - BMW i3S Performance to be unveilled at Frankfurt auto show
As we enter September in the coming week we look forward to the release/unveiling of the following Evs:
- September 6, the worldwide launch of the new version of the worlds top selling EV, the Nissan Leaf, which is already dubbed in chat rooms as the ‘300-mile Leaf‘ based on rumors about its range.
- September 14, Frankfurt Auto Show, will see the unveiling of the 2018 BMW i3S Performance and 2018 BMW i8 Roadster.
- September will also see the unveiling of the ~200-mile Tesla Semi truck.
2017 Week 9 - Honda Clarity no match for the BMW i3
Honda is setting itself up for failure with this week’s announcement that the much anticipated mid-sized 2018 Honda Clarity EV will only have an 80-mile range. Despite being a mid-size sedan, with the obvious space benefit it brings, the car will not even compete with smaller compact sedans and hatchbacks, such as the 2017 BMW i3 (114 miles), Nissan Leaf (107 miles) and the VW e-Golf (125 miles). The Honda Clarity EV’s direct competitors in the $30,000 to $35,000 price range, the Hyundai Ionic (124miles) and Tesla Model 3 (200 miles), will put it to shame.
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The Daimler EV strategy trumps BMW, setting the German luxury carmaker up to outperform its rival over the next decade as EVs disrupts the unaware.
The German automaker hinted that the Mini could be the BMW mass-market electric car, competing with the Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt, as the company targets over 100,000 EV sales for 2017, up from 62,000 in 2016.
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