P90216947_highRes_bmw-i3-94ah-05-2016_resize BMW has announced a new battery model, along with fresh updates, for the marque’s first premium electric-driven compact vehicle. Since its debut in late 2013, the BMW i3 has gone from strength to strength winning various accolades in the automotive circles. Now, the BMW i3 comes fitted with a 94Ah battery, replacing the previous 60Ah, on both the BMW i3 and the BMW i3 Range Extender models.

The BMW i3 94Ah has a capacity of 33kWh thanks to the higher storage density of the lithium ion cells. The battery dimensions remain unchanged with more than a 50 per cent range increase in the standard NEDC cycle. This equals a range of 313 kilometers (195 miles) in everyday driving. The motor propels the BMW i3 from 0 – 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds (BEV) making the BMW i3 both the sportiest and most efficient electric vehicle in its segment.

The high-voltage battery in the BMW i3 consists of eight modules (each with 12 individual cells), and its capacity has increased significantly without any changes in structure or exterior dimensions. By optimizing the cell-internal packages with more electrolyte and adapting the active material, BMW has succeeded in increasing cell capacity to 94Ah and overall battery energy to 33kWh.

The hybrid synchronous electric motor, developed and produced specially for use in the BMW i3, generates an output of 170hp and provides maximum torque of 250Nm from the moment the car pulls away. Thanks to an average power consumption of 12.6kWh/100m (NEDC) for the BMW i3 and 11.3kWh/100km for the BMW i3 Range Extender, the efficiency of the motor plays a key role in optimizing the car’s range.

When it comes to the driving attributes of the i3, BMW engineers have achieved a perfect balance of vehicle weight, performance and range. In addition to this, the new model also benefits from improved efficiency and DC Rapid-charge as standard. AC charging is now multi-phase allowing charging of 3.7, 7.4 or 11 kW, this represents a 50 percent increase compared to the previous BMW i3 60Ah. This means the charging time for the BMW i3 (94Ah) is less than three hours, in spite of the significantly larger battery capacity. The new BMW i3 94Ah can also be charged at home using a standard three-pin plug or by specifying a BMW i Wallbox.

BMW i3 Range Extender for even greater range

The Range Extender delivers a maximum output of 38hp and powers a generator in order to produce electricity. It operates on a needs-based and highly efficient principle. As soon as the charging level of the lithium ion batteries drops to a certain level, the Range Extender kicks in to keep the charging level constant thus extending the range by 130 km (81 miles) in daily commutes. Fitting the car with the Range Extender has no influence on the available luggage volume: the nine-liter fuel tank is installed in the front section. The luggage compartment volume remains unchanged at 260 liters and can be extended to 1,100 liters with the rear seats folded down.

The BMW i3 94Ah will be instantly recognizable in the color Protonic Blue with its Frozen Grey metallic highlight, which is available exclusively for this model. Previously, this paintwork was reserved for the BMW i8 hybrid sports car, but is now also available for the BMW i3.

Allowing for greater personalization for owners, the Interior trims are now available as separate options and are available across all four Interior worlds, this includes Loft, Lodge, Suite and new Atelier interior world which comes as standard on the new BMW i3 94Ah model. The Atelier Interior world features Neutronic cloth in Aragats Grey with BMW i Blue highlights on the front seats and black leather steering wheel. In addition, the new elegant dark oak trim is a standard equipment in the Suite interior design. In all other interior designs the Dark Oak wood trim and the eucalyptus wood trim are available as options.

2016 BMW i3 side, door ajar2016 BMW i3 rear2016 BMW i3 battery pack2016 BMW i3 interior, dashboard