BMW announced to be applying some minor updates to the i3 for the 2017 model year, most of which involve some extra battery power and improved performance, yielding a greater driving range distance.
Speaking of which, the battery gets improved thanks to a 50% increase in charge capacity thanks to a greater energy density with the lithium-ion battery cells. Yes, if you haven’t known already, the BMW i3’s battery is basically a bunch of laptop batteries bound together in a network.
The battery pack as a whole is capable of 94 ampere hours worth of battery capacity with a 33 kWh total of battery energy. The result is a range of 114 miles on one charge. The new battery also allows the 2017 BMW i3 to take the title as the most efficient car in its segment with a consumption figure rated at 27 kWh for every 100 miles traveled.
In comparison, the original BMW i3’s battery pack was only capable of 22 kWh. So it is a reasonably sizable increase, especially when stacked up to the range of only 80 miles.
Because of the new battery, the REx “range-extended” version also benefits from the improved battery performance as well.
Pricing hasn’t been announced yet either, but we can’t imagine it to deviate much from the original i3’s MSRP of $42,400.
– By: Chris Chin