The i range is BMWâ€™s set of plug-in electric cars aimed at Â the more environmentally conscious customer. Their entry range car, the all-electric BMW i3 has received a battery upgrade, which is rated at 33kWh. This in turn has boosted its overall driving range. The battery dimensions remain unchanged, thanks to a higher lithium-ion cell density.
The BMW i3 94Ah replaces the 60Ah version, now with a 310km range in a standard NEDC cycle, a massive 50 per cent boost over the 60Ah variant. The i3 is powered by an electric motor producing 172PS and 250Nm of torque. This results in an impressive 0-100kmph time of 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 150kmph.
The BMW i3 also comes with the option of a range extender, which is a 38PS petrol engine generator coupled to the lithium-ion battery. When the battery level drops below a certain level, the engine kicks in and maintains a constant charging level. The increase in range with the range extender is around 130km. The petrol generator has its nine litre fuel tank in the front which doesnâ€™t impede on the boot space.
The BMW i3 94Ah is now on sale in the UK at Â£27,830 (Rs 27.1 lakh) for the all-electric variant, and Â£30,980 (Rs 30.17 lakh) with the range extender. The i8 is already available in India while the i3 is expected to follow its footsteps soon.