BMW i3 Battery Capacity Boosted by 50 Percent
These days, it seems like every brand has at least one electric vehicle under its belt, though many of them suffer from the same problem — short ranges and a lack of “fueling” stations. The BMW i3 has been on the market for a few years since its debut in 2014. However, the upcoming i3 battery capacity is poised to be unlike anything ever seen in the EV’s powertrain, boosting the vehicle’s capacity by up to 50 percent.
The new model of the BMW i3 EV is due out this summer, and it brings with it a number of innovations that help the battery work its magic. Because of the improved battery capacity, the i3 is expected to have a range of at least 100 miles on pure electricity. If you decide to opt for the range extender, a gas tank that kicks in as a backup generator, that feature has also grown by 25 percent from previous models and will allow the i3 to continue running for another 75 miles.
Luckily for owners of previous iterations of the i3, BMW has engineered the new powertrain so that it can be retrofitted to older models. This special program isn’t free, however, and BMW hasn’t given the word on how much that procedure might cost.
With highly-anticipated electric vehicles like the Tesla Model 3 and Chevy Bolt on the way, automakers like BMW are focusing their energy on extending the range of their EVs in order to compete in an increasingly competitive and advanced segment. Besides the i3 battery capacity, other changes to the car includes the addition of a new interior trim and a new blue paint color, but the exterior styling is entirely unchanged.