BMW has revealed an upgraded version of its i3 electric vehicle ahead of its arrival in the UK at the end of the year, as the firm axes the range-extender model.
The uprated i3 features a larger battery which has doubled in size since the first generation model launched in 2013, with the new model now offering range of 192 miles according to the WLTP emissions testing cycle and 223 miles according to the NEDC cycle.
Explaining the decision to axe the range-extender, a BMW spokeswoman told Company Car Today: “The enormous gains in pure electric range, together with the increasing availability of rapid charging faculties means customer demand is shifting to an all-electric model.”
BMW claims that during every day use the i3 is able to travel for up to 160 miles between recharges, which it claims is an improvement of 30% compared with the outgoing model. Using a 50Kw rapid charger, BMW said the car can be recharged from zero to 80% in 42 minutes. Using a conventional socket, it takes 15 hours to recharge the vehicle to 80%.
Like previous versions of the i3, it is possible to see updates on the vehicle’s recharging status from afar using a smartphone app.
Prices for the i3 start from £35,180 excluding the Government’s £4,500 plug-in car grant, while the more powerful (184hp verses 170hp) and sporty variant, the i3s, is priced from £37,670 excluding Government grants.
Other changes to the i3 include minor revisions to the exterior, new colour choices, LED headlights becoming standard and new upholstery combinations. The i3 can also be optioned with wireless charging technology as well as an internet hotspot which can support up to 10 devices being online at once.