BMW i3

BMW i3
2018 BMW i3 facelift (1).jpg
Overview
ManufacturerBMW
Also calledBMW Mega City Vehicle
Production2013–present
AssemblyLeipzig, Germany
DesignerRichard Kim[1][2]
Body and chassis
ClassSubcompact (B)
luxury vehicle
Body style5-door hatchback
LayoutTransverse rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Powertrain
EngineW20K06U0 25 kW 647 cc, two-cylinder generator (optional) with a fuel tank capacity of
9 L (2.4 US gal) in Europe[3]
7.2 L (1.9 US gal) in the U.S.[4]
Electric motor125 kW (168 bhp)[5] 137 kW (184 bhp)
TransmissionSingle speed with fixed ratio[6]
Batteryi3 60 Ah: 22 (18.8 usable) kWh lithium-ion battery[7]
i3 94 Ah: 33 (27.2 usable) kWh lithium-ion battery[8]
i3 120 Ah 42.2 kWh lithium-ion battery
Electric rangeBEV 60 Ah
130 km (81 mi) EPA[9]
130 to 160 km (80 to 100 mi) NEDC[6]
BEV 94 Ah
183 km (114 mi) EPA[8]
REx 60 Ah (with range extender)
116 km (72 mi) (EPA)[10]
Total: 240 km (150 mi) (EPA)[10]
REx 94 Ah (with range extender)
156 km (97 mi)
Total: 290 km (180 mi).[11]
Plug-in charging7.4 kW on-board charger on IEC Combo AC, optional Combo DC, DCFC standard on 2015+ models in the US market.
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,570 mm (101 in)[6]
Length3,999 mm (157.4 in)[6]
Width1,775 mm (69.9 in)[6]
Height1,578 mm (62.1 in)[6]
Curb weight60 Ah: 1,195 kg (2,635 lb)[6]
60 Ah: 1,315 kg (2,899 lb) (with range extender)[6]

The BMW i3 is a B-class, high-roof hatchback manufactured and marketed by BMW with an electric powertrain using rear wheel drive via a single-speed transmission and featuring an underfloor Li-ion battery pack. BMW added the sportier i3s for the 2018 model year. The i3 and i3s are offered with an optional range-extending gasoline engine. The i3 was BMW's first mass-produced zero emissions vehicle and was launched as part of BMW's electric vehicle sub-brand, BMW i.[12]

Styled by Richard Kim, the i3 is marketed in a single five-door configuration noted for its two smaller clamshell rear-hinged rear doors. The i3 debuted as a concept at the 2011 International Motor Show Germany,[12][13] and production began in July 2013[14] in Leipzig, Germany.

As of December 2016, the i3 ranked as the world's third best selling all-electric car in history with more than 65,000 units sold since its inception.[15] The i3 ranked third among all-electric cars sold worldwide from 2014 to 2016.[15][16][17][18] The U.S. is its best-selling market with over 31,000 units sold through 2017.[19][20][21]

The BMW i3 has won two World Car of the Year Awards, selected as 2014 World Green Car of the Year and also as 2014 World Car Design of the Year.[22] The i3 received an iF Product Design Gold Award, and won both UK Car of the Year 2014 and Best Supermini of 2014 in the first UK Car of the Year Awards.

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  2. ^ Phil Patton (2011-11-10). "At BMW's New Electric Subbrand, a Young Designer Makes His Mark". New York Times. Retrieved 2014-02-09.
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  5. ^ BMW i. "BMW i3 Technical Data: BMW eDrive". BMW. Archived from the original on 2015-10-07. Retrieved 2015-10-04.
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  7. ^ "BMW i3 Technical Data". Retrieved 2014-03-19.
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  12. ^ a b Jack Ewing (2010-07-29). "Will Plug-In BMWs Turn Enthusiasts On?". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-10-02.
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  20. ^ Jeff Cobb (2016-01-06). "December 2015 Dashboard". HybridCars.com and Baum & Associates. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
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  22. ^ Henry, Jim. "New York Auto Show: BMWi3 Is The 2014 World Green Car Of The Year". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-10-04.

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