BMW’s i division has upgraded the electric-powered i3 with a brand new battery that’s claimed to increase its vary by virtually 30 per cent underneath on a regular basis driving circumstances.
The brand new 120Ah lithium-ion unit replaces the 94Ah battery utilized by the present i3 and brings a 9.2kWh enhance in power capability for the quirky five-door hatchback, at 42.2kWh.
In the usual 168bhp i3, it supplies a variety of 193 miles, or as much as 34 miles greater than the predecessor mannequin, on the newly launched Worldwide Harmonised Gentle Automobile Take a look at Process (WLTP) emission laws.
Within the extra performance-orientated 181bhp i3s, the brand new battery is claimed to carry a 25 mile enchancment in vary at an official 177 miles underneath WLTP.
Below daily driving circumstances, BMW says the brand new 120Ah battery supplies each i3 fashions with a practical vary of as much as 162 miles, or 37 miles greater than that quoted by the German automobile maker for the present i3 with its 94Ah battery.
BMW i is remaining tight-lipped on the burden of its newest battery. Nonetheless, it claims the Zero-62mph occasions for the rear-wheel drive i3 and i3s stay just about unchanged at 7.3sec and 6.9sec respectively, with the 50-75mph occasions put at 5.1sec and four.3sec.
The brand new battery, developed in partnership with Samsung, retains the identical dimensions because the unit it replaces, enabling it to be packaged in the identical devoted area throughout the ground of the i3 because the unit it replaces.
BMW places the recharge time of the battery at 15 hours on common 2.4kW mains electrical energy. That is decreased to three.2 hours on an elective BMW i Wallbox, which supplies three-phase charging at 11.0kW. On a quick charging DC system working at 50kW, the recharge time is a claimed 42 minutes.
Since its introduction in 2013, the i3 has been provided with three completely different batteries, together with the unique 60Ah unit and the 94Ah unit of the present mannequin, with respective power capacities of 22.6kWh and 33kWh.
Along with the brand new battery, BMW has additionally introduced a brand new elective sports activities package deal for the i3 as a part of adjustments being delivered to the 2019 mannequin. It features a sports activities suspension with a widened entrance monitor, 10mm discount in experience peak, uniquely tuned springs, dampers and anti-roll bars and 20-inch wheels.
Additional adjustments embody new exterior colors, revised upholstery combos for the inside, elective adaptive LED headlamps and new iDrive infotainment features, together with a wi-fi hotspot able to supporting as much as 10 gadgets.
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