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The award-win­ning BMW i3, the world’s first pre­mium car de­signed from the ground up to be pow­ered by an elec­tric drive sys­tem, is now avail­able with an im­proved power sys­tem.

The new 94Ah model has the same size bat­ter­ies as be­fore, but the range of the ve­hi­cle has in­creased by more than 50 per cent to 313 kilo­me­tres.

The mo­tor pro­pels the BMW i3 from zero to 100 km/h in just 7.3 sec­onds, mak­ing it both the sporti­est and most ef­fi­cient elec­tric ve­hi­cle in its seg­ment.

The bat­tery has been de­signed to last for the car’s en­tire ser­vice life, with cus­tomers re­ceiv­ing an eight-year or 161,000 km war­ranty on the bat­tery.

BMW’s ap­proach to sus­tain­abil­ity ex­tends to pro­duc­tion with re­gen­er­a­tive en­ergy used at all four of its ‘ I’ plants across the globe, with 50% less wa­ter and 70% less en­ergy con­sumed than in a con­ven­tional au­to­mo­tive fa­cil­ity.

The car­bon fi­bre re­quired is pro­duced at the BMW SGL Moses Lake plant in Washington State, which is pow­ered to­tally by hy­dro-gen­er­ated elec­tric­ity.

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