BMW powers up for the i3’s electric arrival
THE BMW i3 is rolling quietly into showrooms this month. The zero emissions, fourseater, rear-wheel-drive car is powered by an electric motor that generates an output of 170hp, with peak torque of 250Nm.
This lets it get from zero to 37mph in 3.7 seconds and zero to 62mph in 7.2 seconds and on to a top speed of more than 90mph.
A full charge takes six to eight hours, so BMW’s wall boxes can speed this.
The thorny question of range is dealt with by a lithium-ion battery that allows for 80 to 100 miles depending on driving style. For most commuters this will be more than adequate, particularly as a recent UK government report found that the average daily commute is 13.1 miles each way with daily average drives of just 25 miles.
“Range anxiety” has been overcome – because the i3 is available with a rangeextender engine – a 650cc two-cylinder four-stroke petrol engine developing 34hp – which increases the car’s maximum range in day-today driving to about 180 miles on one tank of fuel.
Prices, which include the £5,000 OLEV Government grant, start at £25,680 and £28,830 for the range extender.
Most of those interested are expected to lease their vehicles.
BRUISER: The latest BMW electric vehicle is starting to appear on the roads.