Examining BMW i3 From Underneath
BMWBLOG put our BMW i3 BEV up on a lift and removed its wheels to get a closer look. The i3 was designed from the outset to be an ultra efficient, lightweight electric vehicle, so things look quite different underneath. The i3 has 5.5 inch ground clearance so getting the lift’s arms correctly position was a cinch, compared to BMWBLOG’s lowered E92 M3.
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Once up in the air, the i3’s narrow wheels were taken off. The most striking thing I noticed right away, was just how much of the underbody is battery. The i3’s 22kWh battery weighs 450 lbs and is protected by an aluminum housing to keep the lithium-ion batteries safe from road debris. BMW placed the battery in that spot to keep the center of gravity fairly low.