BMW i3 is the first all-electric mass market BMW, shaped as a small MPV. BMW i3 changed the way cars are made structurally, having a carbon-fibre body cell for passengers and an aluminium frame in the back for the engine compartment. All body panels are made from plastic, being more durable than steel and aluminium used before for this kind of parts. The car is very light (1,195 kg without driver) when compared to other electric vehicles of its time, is very easy to drive, and has excellent performance thanks to 170 hp electric motor.
Model: BMW i3
Body type: 5-door MPV, 4 seats
Price without VAT: 39,314 Euros
Engine: Rear mounted electric motor developing 125 kW / 170 PS/hp and 250 Nm (approx. 184 lb-ft).
Transmission: Sigle speed automatic gearbox with reducer and rear wheel drive (RWD)
Tyres: Bridgestone ecopia 155/70 R19 84Q (front) and 175/60 R19 86Q (rear)
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 7.2 seconds
Top speed: 150 km/h
Declared range: up to 190 km
Declared average energy consumption: 12.9 kWh per 100 km
Emissions: 0 g CO2/km
Battery: Lithium-Ion, 18.8 kWh (usable) or 21.6 kWh (total capacity)
Charge: Charge time is 6-8 hours at single phased 16A electric current, or under 30 minutes up to 80% of the battery using 50 kW borne three-phased 125A electric current
Dimensions (mm): L 3,999 / w 1,775 / h 1,578
Luggage compartment capacity (l): 260-1,100
Wheelbase (mm): 2,570
Weight (DIN/EU): 1,195 kg / 1,270 kg
Front suspension: Aluminium double-joint struts, coil springs.
Rear suspension: Five-link axle in lightweight steel construction with double elastic bearing.
Main standard equipment
Airbags for driver and front passenger, side airbags for driver and front passenger, head airbags for front and rear seats; three-point inertia-reel seatbelts on all seats with belt latch tensioner and belt force limiter at the front; Tyre Pressure Monitor; DSC, including ABS and DTC (Dynamic Traction Control); Emergency Call; Teleservices.
Main optional equipment (price in euro, without VAT)
19-inch alloy wheels with Turbine design (715); Comfort Acces System (353); Acoustic protection for pedestrians (84); Park Assistant Package (832) consisting rear view camera, park distance control, and park assistant; HiFi loudspeaker harman/kardon (673); Connected Drive Services (294); Enhanced Telephony with extended smartphone connectivity (420); Comfort Package Advanced (2,353) consisting multifunction for steering wheel, interior and exterior mirrors with automatic anti-dazzle function, cupholder, front central armrest, storage compartment package, rain sensor, light sensor, automatic air conditioning, cruise control with brake function, LED lights elements, Business Navigation System; BMW i interior design Lodge (1,673); Charging Package (2,017) consisting seat heating for front seats, heat pump, fast charging DC, and fast charging AC.
+ very good torsional rigidity and no torsion noise
+ precise suspension
+ precise steering
+ excellent motor performance
+ good energy consumption
+ decent range
+ high-quality look and feel
– soft suspension
– no locking position for front seats when folded forward (for better rear access)
Driven by Adrian M. for 462 km, 14.5 kWh/100 km average energy consumption, 6,332 km total mileage of the car.