BMW Reveals 2019 i3 & i3s With 42.2 kWh Battery

SEP 28 2018 BY MARK KANE 74

BMW i3/i3s now comes packing a significantly higher capacity 42.2 kWh battery.

BMW, as anticipated since late 2017, is introducing the new 2019 model year i3 and i3s with higher-capacity battery packs and longer range. The battery of new version is 42.2 kWh (with 120 Ah lithium-ion cells). Expected EPA range is ~153 miles.

Battery capacity doubled compared to the 1st versions of the i3 from late 2013 (21.6 kWh) and increased by approximately 30% compared to the 2nd version unveiled in May 2016 (33.2 kWh).

Sales of the new version should begin in the first few markets in Europe in November and December 2018.

As powertrain output remains the same (125 kW i3 and 135 kW i3s) let’s compare range:

New 2019 BMW i3/i3s (42.2 kWh; 120 Ah)

  • Typical: 260 km (162 miles)
  • Expected EPA: around 246 km (153 miles)
  • WLTP: 285-310 km (177-193 miles) / 270-285 km (168-177 miles)
  • NEDC: 359 km (223 miles) / 330-345 km (205-214 miles)

Outgoing BMW i3/i3s (33.2 kWh; 94 Ah)

  • Typical: 200 km (124 miles)
  • EPA: 183 km (114 miles) / 172 km (107 miles)
  • WLTP: 235-255 km (146-158 miles) / 235-245 km (146-152 miles)
  • NEDC: 290-300 km (180-186 miles) / 280 km (174 miles)

BMW i3 (21.6 kWh; 60 Ah)

  • Typical: 130-160 km (81-99 miles)
  • EPA: 130 km (81 miles) / N/A
  • WLTP: N/A
  • NEDC: 190 km (118 miles) / N/A

The range-extended REx version will still be available for both i3 and i3s.

BMW i3 (120 Ah)

What else is new in the 2019 i3/i3?

Well, there are many smaller improvements like a new body finish, a new color for the optional interior design Loft and adaptive LED headlights with matrix function for the high beam.

BMW i3 (120 Ah)

BMW i3 (120 Ah)

2019 BMW i3/i3s spec:

  • 42.2 kWh battery
  • 8 modules with 12 cells each (120 Ah lithium-ion cells)
  • Typical range 260 km (162 miles)
  • WLTP range : 285-310 km (177-193 miles) / 270-285 km (168-177 miles)
  • NEDC range : 359 km (223 miles) / 330-345 km (205-214 miles)
  • electric motors: 125 kW / 135 kW
  • 0-60 mph: 7.2 seconds / 6.8 seconds
  • 0-100 km/h: 7.3 seconds / 6.9 seconds
  • 80-120 km/h: 5.1 seconds / 4.3 seconds
  • on-board charger: 7.4 kW single-phase or 11 kW three-phase
  • DC fast charging: 0-80% in 42 minutes at 50 kW
BMW i3 (120 Ah)
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Press blast:

With new high-voltage batteries for an even further extended range and retaining characteristic BMW sporty flair: the BMW i3 (120 Ah) and the BMW i3s (120 Ah).

Storage capacity further increased, having now doubled since the market launch of the BMW i3 – Operating range for locally emissions-free mobility is increased to as much as 260 kilometres in everyday conditions without any loss of brand-based driving pleasure – Additional new features: sports package for the BMW i3, new colours for the exterior and interior.

Munich. Consistent further development of BMW eDrive technology once again ensures enhanced driving pleasure in the purely electrically powered models of the BMW i brand. With cell capacity increased to 120 ampere hours (Ah) and a gross energy content of 42.2 kilowatt hours (kWh), a new generation of high-voltage batteries enables the BMW i3 (120 Ah) (combined power consumption: 13.1 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)* and the BMW i3s (120 Ah) (combined power consumption: 14.6 – 14.0 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)* to achieve a significantly further enhanced range as of November 2018. In everyday use, the two models are now able to cover a distance of 260 kilometres*** – an increase of almost 30 per cent.

In this way, BMW i is consolidating its position as an innovation leader and trendsetter in the field of pioneering electromobility with hallmark brand driving pleasure and excellent everyday practicality. Since the market launch of the BMW i3, the storage capacity of its high-voltage battery has been doubled, thereby increasing the car’s range as well. At the same time as the introduction of the new battery, a new body finish, a new colour for the optional interior design Loft and adaptive LED headlights with matrix function for the high beam are also available for the BMW i3 and BMW i3s. In future, a sports package will be available for the BMW i3 that includes black wheel arch surrounds and a sports suspension with specific dampers, springs and stabilisers, lowered suspension, a widened track and 20-inch light alloy wheels. The optimised guidance system in the tile design of the iDrive operating system is now available in conjunction with the optional navigation system Business. In future, the options telephony with wireless charging and wireless LAN hotspot will also be available for the BMW i3 and BMW i3s.

Ongoing progress in battery development: increased energy content while dimensions remain the same.

Like the electric motors and power electronics, the high-voltage batteries are an integral part of the BMW eDrive technology used in BMW i automobiles and developed independently by the BMW Group. Its lithium-ion cells are produced exclusively based on specifications defined by the BMW Group. Based on sound research and development work conducted in close cooperation with the manufacturer of the battery cells, consistent optimisation of the storage units is achieved in terms of power output, range, safety and durability. Installed deep in the floor of the vehicle, the high-voltage battery is produced at the BMW plant in Dingolfing and consists of eight modules, each with twelve storage cells: the latest advancements have resulted in a capacity of 120 Ah along with a gross energy content of 42.2 kWh – while the size remains unchanged. This is yet another major step towards increased range. For comparison: at the market launch of the BMW i3 in 2013, the equivalent figures were 60 Ah and 22.6 kWh, while the second-generation battery introduced in 2016 reaches a level of 94 Ah and 33 kWh.

In addition to vehicle weight and the installation space taken up by the high-voltage battery, driving performance and energy consumption likewise remain virtually unaltered by the increased range achieved by the latest advancements. The BMW i3, powered by a 125 kW/170 hp electric motor, accelerates in 7.3 seconds from zero to 100 km/h, while the BMW i3s with 135 kW/184 hp completes the standard sprint in 6.9 seconds. This means that the two models both set the benchmark for sporty performance within their vehicle segment. Thanks to spontaneous power delivery as is typical of electric motors, the BMW i3 and BMW i3s even reach the level of sports cars that have a considerably more powerful combustion engine: here the figures are 5.1 and 4.3 seconds respectively for the sprint from 80 to 120 km/h.

The combined power consumption of the BMW i3 (120 Ah) is 13.1 kWh per 100 kilometres*, while the BMW i3s (120 Ah) has a power consumption of 14.6 kWh to 14.0 kWh per 100 kilometres*. The high efficiency of the electric motor and the enhanced battery capacity result in a range that is nearly 30 per cent higher than that of the predecessor models. The range of the BMW i3 (120 Ah) is 359 kilometres* (previously 290 to 300 km) according to NEDC, and 285 to 310 kilometres** (previously 235 – 255 km) according to WLTP. For the BMW i3s (120 Ah), a range of 330 to 345 kilometres* (previously 280 km) has been calculated according to NEDC, and a range of 270 to 285 kilometres** (previously 235 –245 km) according to WLTP. In everyday conditions, both models now achieve a range of 260 kilometres*** (previously 200 km).

The high-quality charging electronics of the BMW i3 and BMW i3s allows fast and flexible refreshment of the energy reserves. The standard charging cable is designed to be plugged into a conventional household socket. Here the battery can be charged to up to 80 per cent of its full power in approximately 15 hours with a charging capacity of 2.4 kW. Connection to the BMW i Wallbox enables rapid three-phase charging with a capacity of 11 kW. Here the time required to achieve an 80 per cent charge of the large-capacity high-voltage battery is 3.2 hours. The power electronics and high-voltage battery in the BMW i3 and BMW i3s can also be used in conjunction with quick-charging stations that run on DC power. Here the charging capacity is 50 kW and the high-voltage battery reaches 80 per cent of its total power in just 42 minutes.

With its battery capacity increased to 42.2 kWh, the latest version of the BMW i3 also follows the brand’s holistic concept, applicable since market launch and geared towards responsible use of resources: this includes not just locally emissions-free power but also material selection and production techniques as well as mobility services. The BMW i3 (120 Ah) and the BMW i3s (120 Ah) have a much more favourable CO2 footprint across the entire vehicle lifecycle – from raw material extraction and manufacture through to use and recycling – and this makes for significantly lower global warming potential than is the case with comparable, conventionally powered automobiles.

Sports package as a new option for the BMW i3.

In future, the new sports package will enable additional emphasis of brand-based driving pleasure derived from locally emissions-free mobility in the BMW i3. The key element of the new option is the sports suspension, which is a standard feature in the BMW i3s and includes specific dampers, springs and stabilisers, a suspension lowered by 10 millimetres, a widened track and 20-inch light alloy wheels in Jet Black or Bicolor finish with mixed tyres. This increase in driving dynamics is visually underscored by means of black wheel arch surrounds, which also form part of the BMW i sports package.

New body finishes, adaptive LED headlights, optimised controls and connectivity.

Since 2014 the BMW i3 has been the world’s best-selling electrically powered vehicle in the premium compact segment. On the streets of urban conurbations it has come to stand as a symbol of pioneering mobility. Its characteristic shaping is closely linked to the LifeDrive vehicle architecture, which combines an aluminium chassis with a passenger cell made carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP). With the introduction of the new battery generation, the design of the BMW i3 and the BMW i3s has been enriched with fresh accentuations. The choice of body finish for the two models has been extended to include the new variant Jucaro Beige metallic with accentuations in Frozen Grey. Meanwhile the exterior paint finishes Mineral Grey metallic, Imperial Blue metallic, Melbourne Red metallic, Capparis White and Fluid Black are still available. To match the new body finish, the optional interior design Loft now includes upholstery in the fabric/Sensatec combination “Electronic” – in Carum Grey with accentuations in brown and interior surfaces in Electronic Brown.

As an alternative to the standard LED headlights, adaptive LED headlights are now available with an automatic, selective dip function for the high beam. The innovative matrix technology for the high beam increases visibility range while at the same avoiding any dazzle effect on other road users. For this purpose it is divided into four horizontally arranged segments which can be activated and deactivated independently of each other at speeds of over 70 km/h. The high beam segments are controlled based on the traffic situation. As soon as the front camera registers an oncoming vehicle or a vehicle travelling ahead in the same direction, the space in which this vehicle is located is illuminated using the low beam only. This is effected by deactivation of the matrix high beam segments that are responsible for this area. The remaining areas of the road continue to be illuminated by the high beam. Adaptive LED headlight functions also include the cornering light and the high beam assistant.

The optimised menu display for the iDrive operating system with buttons in tile structure and in live mode is now also available in conjunction with the optional navigation system Business. This means that the desired content is now available even more quickly and conveniently. What is more, the program of optional equipment items now also includes the option of telephony with wireless charging, which allows compatible mobile phones to be recharged without use of a cable. The wireless LAN hotspot, likewise newly available for the BMW i3 and the BMW i3s, provides a fast online connection for up to ten end devices inside the vehicle.

The figures for fuel consumption, CO 2 emissions and power consumption are calculated based on the measurement methods stipulated in the current version of Regulation (EU) 2007/715. This information is based on a vehicle with basic equipment in Germany; ranges take into account differences in wheel and tyre size selected as well as optional equipment.

* Power consumption, emissions figures and ranges are calculated based on the new WLTP test cycle and adapted to NEDC for comparison purposes, dependent on the tyre format selected.In these vehicles, different figures than those published here may apply for the assessment of taxes and other vehicle-related duties which are (also) based on CO2-emissions. These figures are provisional.

** Ranges based on the WLTP test cycle, dependent on the tyre format selected. In these vehicles, different figures than those published here may apply for the assessment of taxes and other vehicle-related duties which are (also) based on CO2-emissions. These figures are provisional.

*** Figures based on BMW range measurements in everyday driving using a city driving profile, 20°C outdoor temperature, heating/air conditioning, pre-conditioning, COMFORT drive mode. Range depends on various factors, in particular: driving style, route characteristics, outdoor temperature, pre-conditioning.

For further details of the official fuel consumption figures and official specific CO2 emissions of new cars, please refer to the “Manual on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption of new cars”, available at sales outlets, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at http://www.dat.de/angebote/verlagsprodukte/leitfaden-kraftstoffverbrauch.html.

 

CO2 EMISSIONS & CONSUMPTION.

BMW i3 (120Ah) / BMW i3s (120Ah): combined fuel consumption 0,0/0,0 l/100 km; combined power consumption: 13.1 / 14.0 – 14.6 kWh/100 km; combined CO 2 emissions: 0 g/km*

The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption are calculated based on the measurement methods stipulated in the current version of Regulation (EU) 2007/715. This information is based on a vehicle with basic equipment in Germany; ranges take into account differences in wheel and tyre size selected as well as optional equipment.

* Power consumption, emissions figures and ranges have been calculated based on the new WLTP test cycle and adapted to NEDC for comparison purposes, dependent on the tyre format selected.In these vehicles, different figures than those published here may apply for the assessment of taxes and other vehicle-related duties which are (also) based on CO2-emissions. These figures are provisional.

For further details of the official fuel consumption figures and official specific CO2 emissions of new cars, please refer to the “Manual on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption of new cars”, available at sales outlets, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at http://www.dat.de/angebote/verlagsprodukte/leitfaden-kraftstoffverbrauch.html.

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74 Comments on "BMW Reveals 2019 i3 & i3s With 42.2 kWh Battery"

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offib

Getting warmer…

Seriously though, 2x capacity in 5 years. At least it proves that city-EVs can certainly be practical if built to be. We all desperately need €/$20,000 EVs with current technology. If only the e-UP or ForTwo showed this kind of progression.

Link

The new e-Up (and its Seat and Skoda siblings) will get the e-Golf battery pack next year.

Benz

That would be great.

Where did you get that news from?

Thanks for sharing it.

Link
WARREN

I have already done over 148 miles on 97% SOC I’m my 2017 on a highway trip, so this will be substantial.

drpawansharma

Why am i not excited….why do i not feel a visceral sense of warmth upon hearing this news? What is missing?

deine Mutter

A taste for the finer things in life.

amt

A Taste Of More Garbage Different Smell..

ffbj

Yeah like range and speed.

WARREN

Yup, like RWD, rear motor, CFRP. Maybe he likes to be more conventional?

amt

I Agree You Have Many Good Reasons To Feel this Way…These Guys Will Give Us Less Than Nothing For Our Money If they Could ..

Fred

I3 testdrive…

Quebec 100% EV

What’s missing is faster DC charging. 50kw is a non-starter for an EV to be competitive in 2019. Especially at this price point. Even the Ioniq/Kona/Niro can do 70kw.
And battery should be 60kwh.

Will

50kw for 40 min is not bad

antrik

It’s pretty bad. 42 minutes charging to drive another 90 minutes or so at highway speed, still makes it pretty much a no-starter for longer trips. If it could charge that much in 25 minutes or so, it would be way more realistic.

Will

Nah. I can go 3hr on that range without stoping and that’s at 80 mph

Will

You must be during 100mph

antrik

Nah, 80% charge (in 42 minutes) gives a range of ~122 miles EPA, which translates to less than 110 miles at 75 mph, which is less than 90 minutes.

WARREN

Hey the Chevy Bolt charges at a slower rate at 70% SOC than the i3 even with its smaller battery.

Vexar

Because the new color is beige. That was easy.

Benz

The Hyundai Kona Electric and the Kia Niro EV both have a 64 kWh battery pack (more range).

But what about the price?

Will they both also have a lower price than the BMW i3 (with the 42.2 kWh battery pack)?

Johan M

The i3 is premium, Kona and Niro not. So no, the i3 should cost more than those. If only the i3 was a 5 seater… Yeah, I still ave one. And 3 kids… Absolutely love it though!

amt

Premium Because You Pay The “BIG BMW” Price.. “BMW” Is A Brain Wash Car Company . You Pay For A Cute Logo . Niro Puts i3 To Shame. Drive a Niro Or Kona 1st. & Then Talk..

Will

BMW is entry level luxury

WARREN

Yep most I3 owners, even having owned some very expensive other vehicles , love their i3 BMWs. Many other EV owners like their cars for what they are.

amt

With BMW , You Buy The Sizzle …..Not The Steak….Hyundai Is A Far Superior Product, At a Fair Price .

Johan M

Very nice. The coolest BEV just got even better!

Do Not Read Between The Lines

You appear to be posting on the wrong article.

antrik

Not sure “cool” is the first attribute I’d apply to BMW… Though this one is probably the coolest vehicle in their portfolio 🙂

Lou Grinzo

Excellent news. This lifts to i3 into “respectable” battery range. Can’t have too many offerings like that in the market.

We should all be cheering any movement in the right direction. More, and better, EVs is the short term goal. And with the denizens of this site acting as EV ambassadors to help educate the general public, we have a chance to accelerate this transition.

But if I were an exec at BMW, I would have a serious sit-down with whoever was responsible for the car being shown in that “griege” color. Yowza, that’s a bad color for any car.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

Also, as the battery range goes, so goes the REx range, which will make it the locked US Rex version more usable.

dan

ReX range stays the same. Even the 2017 ReX range was fully unlocked. They aren’t adding to the fuel tank.

amt

You Gotta Bring a Spare 5 gallon Gas Can For when you out..

Will

No but the hold mode will be open to use without coding process

Will

No he meant hold mode at 75% SOC

Will

Yes. Now we don’t have to uncode it since it will be unlocked

Will

With Rex it’s an EV that can get you anywhere

Benz

Will the BMW i3 ever get a 64 kWh battery pack?

Just like the Hyundai Kona Electric and the Kia Niro EV.

Ofentse Letsholo

I think so, but maybe in 2020 when they officially say goodbye to the car since there won’t be a next generation i3.

Will

You don’t have to to do a next gen. Just up the battery pack with lio-on testing battery and new motor and boom you have car that was better then it first came out

Will

2020 can be the last year model with a 60 kw maybe

Prsnep

I’m going to go with no. But there is space for commuter cars for the city. Not every car needs to tick every checkbox.

amt

64 kWh? Yea it’s coming , But the Base Price will Be $78,000.00 ….lol…See…If You Charge Big Dollars , Some People Actually Believe It’s a Better Product…I was Having a Hard Time Selling a Car…,I Jacked Up The Price & Sold It The Next Day ! …..True Story …….. rotflmao

franky_b

No, this will be the last update to the i3. With the arrival of the iX3, the iNext… The i3 will be terminated. Too bad, because I love mine, I love the form factor built for the city.

Will

These will be great on the use market

Will

People were saying that the Rex won’t be in this update with no confirmation from BMW , so guess what they did they put Rex in this yr

Blablubb

What a showcase for battery tech. The same car got updated twice, essentially doubling capacity over 5 years without increasing sales price, changing battery pack design, or weight. What an achievement! Cudos to Samsung for making it happen and BMW to keep investing into the next life cycle of the i3. It gives you a glimpse of the fast development pace in the industry. Next up 160 Ah from CATL?
PS: I am not a big proponent for putting a bigger pack inside, the low weight is essential for the BMW i3s overall efficiency and handling. Probably there would be more of an argument to reduce the pack size (and put the car on a diet) with the next generation of batteries in hand.

dan

Still measured in Amp hours. Ridiculous.

Prsnep

I’m curious to know why you think that’s ridiculous.

krona2k

Because it’s meaningless without the voltage. Ok we know the voltage but why not just use kWh like everyone else!

Will

They want to be different. Nothing is wrong with being different

tester

So if BMW listed their gas mileages in “rods to the hogshead” you’d say that’s ok and nothing wrong with being different? Really?

Will

No but kw is not common knowledge yet. Let the consumers decide

Big Solar

Well, they are on the heels of the LEAF. i3 the Leaf with nicer seats.

jelloslug

This is the battery is should have had in 2014.

Prsnep

This is the battery we should have had in 1930. Would have put a stop to the ice car boom.

Ricardo

Great answer. Thanks

SJC

I figure 150 mile range is about right.

ffbj

Really, not even 200 miles of range, which seems to be the new low end. Heck the Bolt gets 240 or so, and it’s slow..
Seems a bit a day late and a dollar short.

jelloslug

Yep. It would have been impressive in 2014 but now it’s at the back of the pack.

antrik

That’s not true. It’s still ahead of IONIQ, e-Golf, etc.; and equal to current LEAF. Probably still above median.

Will

Well over 200 miles range with Rex

tester

Not really the same thing though, is it.

Will

Range is range

Warren

Yeah,but if you really need to go a few hundred miles you are stuck for 2 hrs in a slow charging Bolt IF you can find a DCQC station . With 3 minute gas fill ups, the irex will get you there faster. And on 99% of your other drives under 100 miles, it doesn’t matter.

Nick

Meanwhile Tesla eats BMW’s lunch in the US.

Chris S

But BMW is still eating the same amount and the number of meals is stable, so either you are wrong or BMW is eating someone else’s lunch.

Will

Now I can go to Pennsylvania and over this mountain ranges mostly in EV mode. Yes

Benz

There will be no increased price for the BMW i3 in Germany.

That’s good.

Gabriel

Which means it is not going down? How come they sell a car with the same range of a Nissan Leaf for $20k more?

Bla blubb

Because you don’t have to drive a Leaf?

antrik

It’s not $20,000 more. And range is not the only think people pay for.

Will

BMW premier

Senna007 UK

Will this battery be available as an upgrade for existing owners like the last one was? And was there any news on this new car having a 110/240v power outlet as was rumoured?