BMW i3 / BMW i3 REx / BMW i3S
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 are 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 unveiled an upgrade of the BMW i3 in September 2017, the BMW i3S. The 2018 BMW i3S Performance has an improved performance equal of 10 horsepower allowing for an improved top speed of 160lm/h (100mph) up from 150km/h. The BMW i3S delivers a torque of 270 N.m (199 lb.ft).
BMW i3 SPECS
2019 BMW i3s 120Ah
2019 BMW i3 120Ah
2019 BMW i3s REX 120Ah
2019 BMW i3 REX 120Ah
2018 BMW i3S
2018 BMW i3S REx
2018 BMW i3
2018 BMW i3 REx
2017 BMW i3
2017 BMW i3 REx
2016 BMW i3 REx
2015 BMW i3
BMW i3 EV SALES
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THE BMW i3 IN THE NEWS
Week 39 2018 - BMW i3 120Ah production starts in November
BMW announced the specifications and production start date of the much anticipated 120Ah BMW i3. Being one of the popular EVs there were huge expectations for the Top 10 selling electric car. BMW announced that production of the 120Ah BMW i3 will start this November and that it will be available in the pure electric and range-extended i3 REx version, although only for the US market. It was initially rumored that BMW will can the REx due to expectations that the range of the pure electric will reach 180 miles. BMW set the expected pure electric EPA range of the 2019 i3 at 153 miles and has yet to release the total range of the REx but expects it to be similarly improved. The 2019 BMW i3 gets a 42.2kWh battery pack (37.9 available) which is 30% more in range and capacity indicating that improved battery performance was directed towards onboard luxuries. The BMW i3 now gets the optional iDrive 6.0 Navigational Professional as a standard feature. The BMW i3 is also for the first time equipped with a Wi-fi hotspot for 10 devices and a mobile wireless charging tray. The improved battery technology allowed BWM to make 90% of the battery available compared to 81% in the 2018 range making the 2019 i3 cheaper to charge. It will cost around 2.5c per mile to charge the 2019 model compared to 3.1c based on a utility rate of 10c/kWh. No pricing was announced yet for the 2019 model but I don’t expect it to change significantly from the current levels.
Judging from feedback to the release of the 2019 i3 specifications on social media it seems that BMW missed the mark slightly. Comparing the BMW i3S (2018) price of $47,650 with the base version long-range Tesla Model 3 at $49,600 which has double the range of the 120Ah one would have at least expected that BMW upgrades the charging capabilities of the i3. One of the biggest criticism against the 2019 i3 is that its fast charging is limited to 50kW which would have made ICE competitive long-distance travel possible.
Week 26 2018 - BMW i3 120Ah = NO REx
The Intersolar and EES 2018 was held in Munich last week where various stationary battery storage manufacturers were represented which also use the original BMW 94 Ah battery pack. The manufacturers using the 94Ah technology stated that they would be using 120 Ah memory for stationary battery applications at the beginning of 2019, which points to BMW i3 production with 120Ah from the end of this year. The 120Ah cells will be housed in battery pack estimated to be between 46kWh and 43kWh delivering a range of 150 miles or higher (>240km). Speculation has been rife the past week in various BMW i3 forums that the longer range i3 would lead to BMW discontinuing the BMW i3 REx.
Week 47 2017 - Massive BMW i3 recall
BMW USA issued a stop-sell of new BMW i3 EVs and recall of all BMW i3 models sold in the country from 2014 to 2018. The call-back only affects BMW i3’s in the USA due to the iconic electric car not complying with the stringent National Highway Safety Administration’s safety specifications. The recall will affect over 30,000 BMW i3’s out of nearly 100,000 sold worldwide. The BMW i3 and i3 REx failed to meet the specifications in a frontal crash test for female’s with a height of 1.51 (5 feet) meters and weighing 50kg (110 pounds) not wearing safety belts. Such an eventuality might sound absurd especially in countries where the wearing of safety belts is required by law. However, in the USA state of New Hampshire, the wearing of safety belts is not enforced by law. Compliance tests by BMW came in below the threshold but are inconsistent with the transport agency’s test leaving the problem unresolved for the moment with no immediate solution.
Week 45 2017 - BMW i3S coming to USA in November
BMW announced the world premiere of a new electric vehicle during the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show. The German automaker committed to bringing 12 pure electric vehicles and 13 PHEV to market by 2025. The press conference for the unveiling will be on the 29th of November at 8:50 AM. The company gave no further information on the new vehicle. BMW will also unveil the BMW i-Vision Dynamics Concept, the Mini Concept and the new BMW i3S to the US market.
Week 38 2017 - 2018 BMW i3 range increase
According to BMW Blog, BMW will upgrade the facelifted BMW i3 shown at the Frankfurt Auto Show earlier this month, with a 120Ah battery in 2018, up from the current 94Ah. The upgrade will be the third since the launch of the popular electric vehicle which has sold close to 100,000 units internationally since 2014. Sales of the BMW i3 has, however, reach a plateau from its high in 2015 as lower-priced EVs with longer ranges encroaches on the BMW i3. The upgrade, according to BMW Blog, will consist of a 42.5kWh battery, from Samsung SDI we assume. The BMW i3 facelift will also be available in a 3rd model variant in addition to the REx, the BMW i3s. The BMW i3s offers better driving dynamics.
Week 12 2017 - Honda Clarity no match for 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.
2016 Week 48 - BMW i3 and BMW unveils new charging service
BMW unveiled its new BMW Digital Charging Service (DCS) optimizes charging technology for the BMW i and BMW iPerformance vehicles through the BMW i Wallbox. The DCS platform provides autonomous and intelligent charging optimization through tariff and solar vehicle charging. The DCS service will initially be available for the German and Dutch markets from early 2017.In other news, BMW announced that it would release a new version of the BMW i3 in 2017. Reuters reported that the automaker expects the 2018 model of the BMW i3 to have a range well above the current 300km of the 2017 model, which is already a 50% increase on the 2016 model.
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