BMW i3 Demand Up In Germany With New Incentives, 33 kWh Option – Nets 1,000 Pre-Orders

JUL 13 2016 BY MARK KANE 26

BMW i3 Registrations in Germany - May 2016

BMW i3 Registrations in Germany – May 2016

2017 BMW i3 Gets New 94 Ah Cells, Good For 33 kWh Of Energy And ~114 Miles Of Range

2017 BMW i3 Gets New 94 Ah Cells, Good For 33 kWh Of Energy And ~114 Miles Of Range

Demand for the BMW i3 in Germany has risen after the introduction of local incentives (up to €4,000 for BEVs and €3,000 for PHEVs) and also the introduction of a new, longer range trim option, according to the Automotive News.

It is hard to say which will be the biggest driver to BMW i3 sales going forward (incentives or the larger battery), but in the short term the 33 kWh battery option for the 2017 i3, enabling up to 114 miles/185 km of real world (EPA) range, seems to be the front runner.

BMW has collected some 5,000 pre-orders for i3 (33 kWh) in Europe, which is “”many times over” levels seen following the introduction of the car’s initial version in 2013”.

Around 1,000 of those pre-orders comes from Germany, a number which exceeds the ~800 total i3 sales netted in the first five months of this year.  Deliveries of that vehicle are just kicking off this month in Germany.

According to the article, a sportier version of the i3 is also expected in 2018.

source: Automotive News

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26 Comments on "BMW i3 Demand Up In Germany With New Incentives, 33 kWh Option – Nets 1,000 Pre-Orders"

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Give us a sportier dual motor version now! Car is a blast to drive now, but a dual motor version would be sweet. I wouldn’t even care if it lost its highest in class EPA rating. For me fun to drive and acceleration are paramount. With proper throttle mapping the 6.5 sec 0-60 could already touch the 5 second range. A dual motor would easily hit the 4 second range. BMW should strive to offer extraordinary performance. Instead we get a heavier battery, and slower car due to no motor power increase?? Missed opportunity.


BMW is asleep at the wheel.

Clam Down, this is à car at 33 kilw. Bat.not 60 70 or fast enough and super clean and cheaper to run than 95% of most is great as it is ,bring thé cost Down and thé range is coming along great.

I’m certainly not opposed to a dual motor i3 but BMW shouldn’t let the Tesla POV infect their i-brand. The i3 is all about efficiency. The performance spec for BMW-i is getting from point A to B using as little energy as possible. I’m curious to see how the heavier battery impacts real word efficiency. It’s great to know we will soon find out.

+1 each kWh in an i3 brings you further then any other EV. And the i3 is sporty enough to make big V6-V8 go buzerk when I smoke them on a red light 🙂

An EV doesn’t necessarily lose efficiency when going for higher power.

Available power is mostly a property of the battery pack.

The dual motor versions of the Model S are more efficient and more powerful than their single motor equivalents.

Agree that the i3 is all about efficiency, but the front motor on the Model S dual drive actually increased its efficiency. The Volt’s efficiency at high speed is also achieved by having two motors running at slower RPM. So perhaps the i5 will have a dual-motor option if the i3 design was really intended for city/lower-speed driving.

The 33 kWh battery pack isn’t significantly heavier than the 22 kWh battery pack (< 50 lb.?).

I don't want a front-wheel drive motor added if its CV joints would limit the steering angle such that the i3's very tight turning circle would be increaed. Time for front wheel hub motors?

I can do a u turn on single lane back alleys in Boston with my i3. It is truly a joy to drive in urban settings.

It could also be that the battery is already maxed out in regards to discharge amps. Adding a second motor may not do any good if the battery cannot output more. Remember the battery is much smaller than what Tesla uses.

I keep wishing the Volt had a rear motor, but I also suspect the battery can’t handle any more amps. But at least with the Volt they could allow the engine to run for more power.

Considering the new Volt has similar (same?) battery as SparkEV, it’d be capable of 140 HP. But the problem is space; unless they re-engineer lots of things, there’s really no room for rear motor.

But AWD PH would be cool. Can you imagine SparkEV motor for rear + gas engine for front for combined 300+ HP AWD car that gets 100+ MPGe? That could be WRX killer (or Camaro killer).

Thats nice, I love small cars.

True. They drive, handle, perform better and Ride Comfort are Vastly Superior to an SUV/Truck.

So let me get this straight. Larger battery leads to more customer interest… Who knew?

The larger i5 seating five is long overdue. That one should have been around already since last year.

The i3 is going to be sitting duck for the Ampera-E and completely victim to the Tesla Model 3.

You’d better look at the specs of both cars.
If the Ampera-E brings over that torture-bar suspension, then no. Secondly, Vented Disk Brakes. Tuned to be driven. Not an economy car with a big battery.

The i3 is a sub economy car with a small battery for an oversized price. Specs of size confirm that and disk brakes on regen able ev are supposed to be of little use outside emergency breaking. The i3 is a death end ugly prototype car and will soon be a museum piece that people will have a hard time believing BMW once sold that for real.

Dude, You drive a Prius!

So a bigger battery leads to more orders? Hmm… let me think… what if they had a 60 kWh battery..? Nah, it would never work!

BUT BMW, have you learned nothing in the information-age?????

You’re releasing info on a Sport i3 NOW???
That will cut current sales by 40% minimum.

I’m afraid, that might be what they want. In terms of electromobility, the German car manufacturers have indicated (e.g. in press releases or car shows like the IAA) since the 90’s that “soon” they will offer something totally cool which is superior in every way at an affordable price. The German customer in particular then tends to wait for that new thing to come and as it will not happen for some time (or even never, while other even better things are announced to come “soon, this time for sure”) buys yet another diesel ICE. Many people think that something revolutonary new like an e.g. electric car can only be good when it has a marketshare of like >20%, and early adopters will be ripped of with high prices and die a horrible flaming death soon thereafter. Also, they demand their godgiven right to travel at least 18 h non stop without bathroom break at at least 150 km/h, while towing a trailer (yes that is not possible with any ICE car on the market, but that’s what they apparently demand from an electric car in order to see it as competitive in Germany). The German government makes big announcements,… Read more »

While it is true that Germany is late with support for and manufacturing of EVs it is also a country which promotes cycling, builds special cycle paths for fast ebikes etc. There are more ebikes on German roads than EVs on this whole planet. German economy managed to beat Japan in energy efficiency game too. It is not all doom and gloom.

“they demand their godgiven right to travel at least 18 h non stop without bathroom break at at least 150 km/h, while towing a trailer (yes that is not possible with any ICE car on the market, but that’s what they apparently demand from an electric car…”


You sure get in my week’s top ten!

The larger i3 pack can be retro fitted to the car at a later date and the Rex option means that there is less concern about range. This makes the transition between models less stark than with other automakers.

What BMW is doing is pure genius compared to the dogs breakfast Nissan made of their 30 kWh upgrade. Nissan have not made their 30 kWh pack compatible with older LEAFs and have been selling essentially the same model for 5 years now, the i3 is much younger and the transition to the new model is much shorter. There will, I’m sure, be a bit of a slow down but nothing too crazy.

BTW the dramatic drop in sales of the LEAF in the US is, IMO, is much more to do with increased competition at a similar price point than people waiting for the next big thing. Lets face it 5 years ago if you had $40k to spend on a car your choice was LEAF or volt, a few years ago you could count a pip, ford or an i-miev but nothing else had a plug. Now you have 10 or so models in that price range to choose from.

BMW celebrating 5,000 pre-orders, huh? 😉 Alternate reality of some sort