Global Introduction of the new BMW i3 EV
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The world, and with it the sphere of personal mobility, is in a state of ecological, economic and social upheaval. Global developments such as climate change, dwindling resources and increasing urbanisation call for fresh solutions. BMWÂ i is finding those solutions. The brand stands for visionary vehicle concepts, inspiring design and a new understanding of premium that is strongly defined by sustainability.
In the BMWÂ i3 â€“ the first series-produced model by BMWÂ i â€“ zero-emission mobility in a premium car package proves to be a recipe for pure driving pleasure. The first BMWÂ Group model running on electric power alone offers customers totally new and groundbreaking ways to experience driving pleasure, sustainability and connectivity on city roads. The visionary design of the BMWÂ i3 showcases both BMWâ€™s customary sporting capability and the efficiency of a four-seater with authentic clarity. Its innovative vehicle concept, including a passenger compartment made from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), combines lightness, stability and safety with extraordinary spaciousness. Meanwhile, the driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW Connected Drive and the 360Â° ELECTRIC services â€“ all developed specially for BMWÂ i â€“ turn zero-emission urban mobility into a compelling everyday driving experience.
The electric motor powering the BMWÂ i3 generates a maximum output of 125Â kW/170Â hp and peak torque of 250Â Newton metres (184Â lb-ft). Its instantaneous power flows to the rear wheels via a single-speed transmission. The motor sources its energy from lithium-ion storage cells integrated into the carâ€™s underfloor section. The significantly lower centre of gravity of the i3 â€“ the result of the low, central placement of the battery units â€“ and even weight distribution make an additional contribution to the carâ€™s agile handling. The battery gives the car a range in everyday conditions of 130 â€“ 160Â kilometres (81 â€“ 99Â miles) when fully charged from a conventional domestic power socket, BMWÂ i Wallbox or public charging station.