BMW Speeds Up Debut Of i3 With Range Extender, As Model Will Debut 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)
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.