The BMW i3 is introduced into dealerships in 2013. It is not only the first BMW with an electric motor, but also the first mass-produced vehicle ever with a carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) passenger cell. Its curb weight is similar to a normal compact car, even with the battery. Many BMW i3 components are also made of renewable raw materials.
The electric motor produces 170 hp (125 kW) with a torque immediately applied at full power. The BMW i3S, introduced in 2017, travels 10 km/h faster using 184 hp (135 kW). From 2016 the battery has a capacity of 94 Ah. The introduction of the BMW i3 with a 120 Ah cell means that the optional range extender (a gasoline engine to charge the battery) has been unavailable in German models since 2018. The range reaches up to 307 km (WLTP*) and the battery can be charged to 80% within 42 minutes at a fast charging station. Well over 200,000 vehicles have been built so far.
Production period: 2013 – today
Engines: Electric motor (125 – 134 kW, 170 – 184 hp), optional range extender available until 2018 (0.65 l gasoline engine, 28 kW, 38 hp)
Length/width/height: 3,999 – 4,011 mm/1,775 mm/1,578 mm
Range (electric): 307 km (WLTP*)
*Further voluntary information. More information on WLTP and NEDC testing procedures can be found at www.bmw.de/wltp.