BMW i3 94 Ah Battery Upgrade Priced At 7,000 Euros In Germany

JUL 16 2016 BY MARK KANE 26

BMW i3

BMW i3

BMW previously announced a battery upgrade program in Europe for the current i3, that features a 21.6 kWh (60 Ah cells) pack the new 33.2 kWh (94 Ah cells) – 27.2 kWh of which are usable.

Now in Germany, we have a price on that upgrade –  €7,000 ($7,780) or €211/kWh ($234/kWh) + turning in your old pack.

The battery upgrade option will be available in selected markets in Europe (also confirmed in the UK). For the U.S., the battery upgrade won’t be offered (see also our article on whether or not it makes sense to change for higher capacity).

The real-world/EPA range of the 33.2 kWh version is estimated at 114 miles (183 km), while the original 21.6 kWh version nets 81 miles (130 km).

Price difference between the new 21.6 kWh and 33.2 kWh is just $1,200:

  • i3 (21.6 kWh) – $35,895 (after tax credit)
  • i3 (33.2 kWh) – $37,095 (after tax credit)

source: BMW Blog

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26 Comments on "BMW i3 94 Ah Battery Upgrade Priced At 7,000 Euros In Germany"

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I would go for the upgrade without thinking about it,if it wasn’t for the fact that BMW seems to have abandoned First Gen I3 owners in the U.K. . The upgrade option is not available here, for reasons that I can only imagine are commercial. What technical reason would there be. Changing my 60Ah I3 in for a 94Ah one would hit me with a whopping 13000GBP loss in depreciation! There is simply no way I could financially justify that! And that while I would gladly spend 5000gbp on a bat upgrade. Here comes another customer, Tesla!!

We are currently leasing an i3 and we love it but we still have put down a deposit on a Model 3 for when the lease is up.

For the price before incentives of $44,500 for the i3 with 114 mile range it’s not a hard decision when you realize that in 2 years you can get a 200+ mile range Model 3 that will have better performance, 5 seats and a starting price of almost $10k less.

I ended up going the other way. I cancelled my model 3 reservation (number in the first 100k) and went out and bought an i3. The BMW is surprisingly versatile, space wise and the hatch is perfect. Also, almost none of the math was working out with the Tesla that would make it a 35k car. It’s going to have to cost a lot more than that. The great 44k car today beat out the likely 40-50k car 2 years in the future that has less usable space just so I can carry one more person? That’s a tough sell.

I hope you didn’t actually buy that car but leased it because once 200 miles becomes the norm that 114 mile i3 will depreciate like last year’s laptop…

Depreciation is only a problem if you’re trying to get rid of a car that you don’t want. When I shop for cars, I look for one that fits my needs and lifestyle and I’m usually happy with it. Based on my analysis, I’ll only drive more than 100 miles a day once or twice a year. I got the ReX. That will give me enough of a peace of mind for that one or two days a year.

BMW should offer customers the option to pack an extra battery into the space where the Rex and tank sit now. If you choose the EV-only version that space is left empty and unused.

Or they could put the charger and inverter there, lower the centre of gravity while enlarging the boot at the same time. Seems like a win to me.

True mhpr! I would much prefer more batt capacity I.s.o. REX. Is the upgrade available for the REX? Missed the point about the UK…

I’m the opposite. I would rather have the Rex. But I want enough EV range that I won’t need to use the Rex but once in a blue moon. My 2017 Volt is working out that way.

On the German website there’re now four options: Every combination of old/new battery and with/without REx -> -> “Jetzt konfigurieren”.
Is the UK website not up-to-date?


They’ve refused to upgrade the REx here in Ireland. Stated type approval issues.

Or, for the folks who want to know what they are doing…:

94 Ah x 360 V = 33 840 Wh = 33.84 kWh.

I don’t think we need WA just for a multiplication!

Not rated 360 though…353

Lol…did you really use Volfram Alpha to multiply two numbers! *facepalm*

So they will remove the existing battery and install the new battery for Euro 7000.

But what about the existing battery, will they give it back to the owner or just throw it.

Ideally they should buy the battery and just charge the extra since the new battery packs another 11 KWh.

Otherwise this is punishing to the existing i3 owner. Or they can install the new battery in the trunk which will make it as 22 + 33 = 55 KWh battery and the range will go to 200 miles.

Yes – this is the deal. €7k plus your old pack, and hence the price per kWh given on BMWBlog is Bogus!

It’s certainly expensive. Presumably few will be interested – which is itself likely a big part of why it’s so expensive!

However, as more i3s continue to hit the roads, and the oldest cars with the smallest batteries lose some range, and batteries keep getting denser and cheaper… perhaps by 2020 we’ll be looking at 50 kWh for €5,500. I imagine that would be of interest to quite a few of the 2014-16 BMW i3s and much fewer 2017-2019 cars. Of course, the bigger the improvement in battery capacity/cost, the more important to have engineered for battery replacements – and 50 kWh for €5,500 is by no means the craziest things can get. Imagine if Li-S arrives, for example..!

That’s the likely reason why the US is not offering it at the moment. There are no “old” cars with dying batteries. I would imagine that in 8 years, a brand new battery (that will likely be 120Ah then) to refresh an otherwise perfectly good car should be a good buy. Tom M. had a great analysis of this last month.

If you need to travel 200 miles on a charge THAT badly, you’re better off buying a car that has a large battery than carrying high voltage equipment in your trunk.

Model 3 ordered. Hello Tesla, goodbye BMW. Way to stab an early adopter in the back, and then turn the blade.

In the linked article it was said: “However, BMW of North America remains open to changes in market demand and will continue to research and develop all possible options for our customers.”

So you didn’t write BMW because of that? No wonder..


I think it is too much money, considering they are getting the old pack back. I mean think about it, you are paying 7,000 euros (or $7,725 USD at current exchange rate) for an extra 32 miles of range. And yet when faced with the same option when buying a brand new i3, it is only $1,200 for that same 32 miles of range. So why are they charging $6,500 more money for the person who already has an i3?

In fact…. I’d go as far as to say that I bet the entire 33Kwh pack by itself probably costs BMW less than $7,000 to manufacture.. or at least pretty darned close. So it might be a good deal if you got to keep your old pack (and hence sell it to somebody who needs it)

Maybe much electronics have to be replaced because badly unitized? Or do they just expect low numbers to sell, so much development costs in each one?


I expect 117 miles epa range!

Now if Nissan would only stop the stupidity of not selling the 24kwh owners a replacement 30kwh pack.

The voltages are not the same. Nissan would have to rewire the entire car. Bmw has been careful to keep the number of cells and configuration identical. That has benefits of interchangeability. It also has drawbacks – they can only offer higher capacity when everything else stays the same. I.e. a Samsung cell that has the same form factor and same voltage but has higher Ah.