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The production version of the new BMW i3 was unveiled this week ahead of its release date in November and it is the first car to be launched as part of BMW’s new “I” sub-brand of electrically powered vehicles.
In addition, the BMW i3 will be sold alongside the option of cheap access to BMW’s conventionally powered cars for short periods in an attempt to ease the fears potential buyers might have regarding whether an electric motor suits their current lifestyle. The scheme will be entitled ‘BMW Access’ and will allow buyers to borrow other BMW and Mini vehicles for a certain number of days each year for holidays or longer trips away.
Power for the new BMW i3 comes from a 168bhp engine which is mounted between the rear wheels and there will be two versions available to buy, both powered by the same engine but the Range Extender contains a 650cc, 34bhp two-cylinder petrol engine which acts as a generator to extend the battery’s overall range.
The standard BMW i3 has a range of between 80 and 100 miles whereas the Range Extender’s range increases to between 160 and 186 miles based on one tank of fuel.
Four different trim levels will be available with the new BMW i3 to include the Standard trim as well as a Loft, Lodge and Suite version.Features which come as standard include a satnav system which offer “dynamic range display” and is able to locate public charging stations as well as their availability. AV Fast Charging will also come as standard on all UK i3 models meaning the car’s battery can be charged from 0 to 80% full in just 3 hours using BMW’s I Wallbox.
BMW i3 prices start from £25,680 for the standard model and £28,830 for the Range Extender version, including the full £5,000 Government plug-in car grant. The next car to be added to BMW’s i range will be the i8 supercar due on sale in spring 2014.