BMW Pours Out Official Specs on the i3
It seems BMW is ready to reveal all the details on the i3, except for the one we’re most eagerly waiting for: price.
Sometime yesterday, BMW slid out a 24-page PDF document detailing almost all you’d ever want to know in regards to the upcoming i3.
It’s an information overload, that’s for sure, but there are a few points we’ll highlight before diving deep into the trillion-word PDF.
First, allow us to point out this statement made on the opening page of the BMW’s i3 PDF:
“Note: All technical specifications in this media information are provisional. The equipment described refers to specification for the German market”
Moving on, we see that BMW lists the i3 battery warranty at 8 years or 100,000 km (62,000 miles), whichever comes first. Again, this could well be only for the German market. It seems to us that this warranty will be lengthened in the US.
BMW discusses range on several occasions in the PDF file, but we found that these two statements stood out:
“The lithium-ion battery enables the BMW i3 to achieve a range of 130 to 160 kilometres (81 – 99 miles) in everyday driving. This rises by around 20 kilometres (12 miles) in ECO PRO mode and by the same distance again in ECO PRO+ mode. If desired, the BMW i3 is also available with a range-extender engine, which maintains the charge of the lithium-ion battery at a constant level while on the move as soon as it dips below a specified value. This role is performed by a 650cc two-cylinder petrol engine developing 25 kW/34 hp and mounted immediately adjacent to the electric motor above the rear axle. The range extender increases the car’s maximum range in day-to-day driving to around 300 kilometres (approx. 180 miles).”
“And an optional interior heating system based on the principle of a heat pump uses up to 30 percent less energy in city driving than conventional electric heating.“
There’s simply far too much detailed information in BMW’s PDF to slosh through here. So, we’ll instead post the ever-so-important spec sheet below, followed by that trillion word PDF in all of its glory…Enjoy!
Okay, maybe we’ll skip on posting that 24-page PDF presser here. Instead, here’s the link to the official BMW i3 PDF release.