Production BMW i3 EV to debut at Frankfurt motor show

Production BMW i3 EV to debut at Frankfurt motor show

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
20 Mar 2013

"The i3 has a range on a single electrical charge of 130 to 160 kilometers (80 to 99 miles), but with two eco modes the EV range could grow to 220 kilometers (136 miles)," said Maximilian Kellner, head of product management of BMW i division.

The first eco mode, called EcoPro, reduces the torque delivered by the electric motor and the energy used by features such as air conditioning or heating. In EcoPro mode, the i3 adds 12 miles to its battery range. The second mode, known as the EcoPro+ range, shuts down all systems that use electricity except for safety systems such as ABS and ESC. This adds another 25 miles of range, Kellner said.

Range extender

The i3 will also be available with an optional two-cylinder motorcycle engine and a generator to extend its range by another 81 miles on a single tank of gasoline.

The engine is housed in the trunk and connected to a generator that recharges the battery rather than transmitting mechanical power directly to the wheels.

BMW will offer the range extender from launch, but has not yet announced pricing.

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