BMW Reveals Zero Emissions i3 Range Extender
Umm…well, sort of.
The BMW i3 will come with a range-extended option that allows owners to drive up to approximately 200 miles total before recharging, thanks to a motorcycle engine out back, and a 2.3 gallon gas tank up front. But for owners seeking a cleaner range extender, BMW offers a zero-emissions unit that’s compact enough to be shoved or somehow wedged into the i3’s hatch. Maybe a roof-mounted rack is the way to go.
Yes, it’s a zero-emissions bicycle, but rather than be forced to constantly pedal, this one is electric.
BMW is poised to enter the exploding European electric bicycle industry with this 44-pounder called the Cruise e-bike.
The hybrid touring bike features pedal assist capable of hitting a top speed (unassisted by the legs of the cyclist) of 15.5 mph and boasts a range of 53 miles.
The bike’s lithium-ion battery is mounted on the down tube section and a 250-W Bosch electric motor fits in under the bottom bracket.
This limited release bicycle will be sold only in Germany, with a production run of 1,000 units.
BMW hasn’t released pricing for the Cruise e-bike, but for the active types out there, this electric bike could be the way to go to “extend” the i3’s range by 50 or so miles without the optional range-extender’s harmful emissions.