BMW i3

Full Electric
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The BMW i3 is a highly-regarded 4-door hatchback. Handling and performance make it one of the most popular EVs available.

Range

Based on EPA cycle

114miles (183 kms)

Battery

33kWh

Latest Model Year

2018

Price

MSRP - Manufacturers Recommended Retail Price

US$44,450

Performance

Top Speed93 mph
Acceleration7.2 seconds (0-60 mph)
Torque184 lb-ft
Power125 kW

Charging

Home Charging*Full charge in 4.5 hours (7.4 kW onboard charger).
Fastcharge PortCCS
Fastcharge Speed80% charge in 30-40 minutes
*Home charging speeds require a wall-mounted charger to be fitted. While EVs can be plugged directly into your normal wall outlets, charging is very slow.
MORE ABOUT CHARGING
There are multiple ways to charge an EV:

Slow (Home and some Public Chargers)

Each EV has an inbuilt charger capable of receiving AC power. The charging port could have different fittings depending on where you are in the world. Even the same vehicle model sold in different countries could have different implementations.

Type 1 (SAE J1772 or "J Plug")

This plug is common in Australasia, Asia, the US and Canada.

Type 2 (IEC 62196 or "Mennekes")

This plug is common in Europe.

Fast Charging

Only available in some public chargers, this uses DC power to charge the battery directly. Each EV has a maximum speed at which it can be charged, and batteries are only fastcharged up to 80% capacity to ensure battery health. There are a number of different port configurations.

Many fast chargers will have multiple connectors, and power capacity (which is increasing as the technology improves).

CCS (Combined Charging System)
CCS ports are a combination of the slow charging port and an extra 2-pin socket. Therefore they can be either Type 1 or Type 2.

Type 1 CCS Combo
Type 2 CCS Combo

CHAdeMo

Developed in Japan, the CHAdeMO is common in vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf.

Tesla

Tesla developed their own fastcharge connector, although in some countries without proprietary Tesla chargers, the vehicle has a cable to adapt to CHAdeMO or Type 2 CCS.

How Fast Can An EV Charge?

Slow charging (home and public)
Slow charging is limited by the lower of: the EV's onboard charging speed, or the output of the wall-mounted charger you are plugged into. Charging speed is measured in kilowatts(kW). For example: your wall-mounted charger can output 32 Amps at 240 volts = 7.68 kW of power, however your EV's onboard charger is 6.6 kW - then that is the maximum speed. The higher the battery capacity, the more time it takes to charge.

Fast charging
DC fast chargers are being built with higher capacities, however this is still limited by the hardware limitations the EV manufacturer has placed on the battery. Most DC fast chargers start at 40kW (many have a much higher capacity).

Specs

Body TypeHatchback
Drive TrainRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity84 cu-ft
Cargo Capacity15 cu-ft

Sales Numbers (USA)

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Cumulative Sales to Date (USA)

BMW i3 Pros & Cons

With a carbon-fiber body shell, the four-door i3 has been designed as an electric car from the ground up. With zippy acceleration and nimble handling, the car is a practical, yet still retains features one might expect from a premium car.

The driving assistant package (> $2000) provides advanced assist technology:

Includes advanced features like Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, which lets you maintain your selected speed and uses radar to bring your vehicle to a complete stop; BMW Navigation System with its split-screen display;

Range Extender Model
With the optional Range Extender (REx), range can increase to 180 miles per charge. The range extender is a 2-cylinder petrol engine that can charge the battery, and adds about US$4,000 to the price.

* Specs listed above are for the 94Ah battery model.

Price is the base price (including destination and handling fee).

2018 Model Year

Very little changed with the 2018 upgrade. There is some exterior restyling, and an upgraded driver assistance system.

BMW i3s

As part of the 2018 model year upgrade, BMW have a new sport package – the i3s.

  • Higher performance motor: 135kW (upgraded from 125kW)
  • Acceleration: 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds

The i3s also has the optional Range Extender, and enhanced sports suspension.

Manufacturer Sales Page

www.bmwusa.com

Credit to insideevs.com for sales data.