BMW Speeds Up Debut Of i3 With Range Extender, As Model Will Debut In Geneva

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BMW i3 5-Door With Range Extender To Debut NExt Month In Geneva

BMW i3 5-Door With Range Extender To Debut NExt Month In Geneva

Three weeks ago BMW brought the i3 Coupe Concept to the NAIAS in Detroit.  While at the show, Herbert Diess, BMW’s head of Research & Development Diessand, took some questions on the Coupe’s sister 5-door version coming this fall, and the intriguing option of adding a range extending option:

“I imagine many buyers will order the range extender to cure their range anxiety, discovering later they need it very seldom. For those who plan a daily use of the range extender, the i3 is probably not the right choice and a plug-in hybrid model is a more suitable solution.” (to Automotive News)

 

BMW Does Some i3 Testing In Public

BMW Does Some i3 Testing In Public

It was expected that the debut of the i3 with range extender on board, (along with i3 pricing overall), would debut around the time of the Frankfurt Motor Show next September.

Not so anymore, as BMW has announced that their extended range i3, will make its official debut next month at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

Along with the debut announcement, BMW outlined some specifics on the car.   The car’s electric motor is rated at 125 kW, good for 170 hp and 250 Nm, with 0-60 coming up in less than 8.0 seconds, and a top speed of 93 mph (150 kph).   The i3 with extender option gets up to 186 miles (300 km) of range, when coupled with the vehicle’s estimated 90 miles of all electric range..

The Geneva Motor Show gets underway March 7th through March 17th.

 

Of interest:  It should be noted that just 3 weeks ago the extra range attributed to the range extender alone was 160 miles, according to an interview Herbert Diess, BMW’s head of Research & Development Diess.  So there is still some confusion at play here, and we likely will have to just sit tight to see which report ends up being accurate.

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7 responses to "BMW Speeds Up Debut Of i3 With Range Extender, As Model Will Debut In Geneva"

  1. evnow says:

    “The i3 with extender option gets up to 186 miles (300 km) of range, when coupled with the vehicle’s estimated 90 miles of all electric range..”

    Looks like they are trying to make it CA BEVx compliant.

    1. I’m not believing these rumors until it comes directly form BMW. I’m also hearing conflicting stories about whether or not they will reveal the production car in Geneva.

  2. Bloggin says:

    Adding more EV range to plug-in hybrids is the way to go.

  3. Chris says:

    0-60 in “less than 8 seconds” sounds a little sluggish for a carbon-fiber compact car. That’s about what my 11 year old, 3300 lb Honda Civic does. I’m pretty sure the AC motor in the i3 is capable of more – any chance they’ve tamed it down in software to protect the range? I’m really no speed demon, but I do enjoy the 0-30 MPH range 🙂

    1. scottf200 says:

      Except your Honda Civic will sound like is about to blow up with a rod sticking out the side you you are attemping that.

  4. Herm says:

    Anything less than 10 secs 0-60 is considered sporty, back in the 70s 🙂

  5. MrEnergyCzar says:

    It’s not going to have a total range under 200 miles… that would be like a 3 gallon gas tank…

    MrEnergyCzar