Being its first “born electric” model, the BMW i3 is set to be unveiled in production form at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show this September. In addition, the electronic vehicle is expected to go on sale by the end of the year in the US, Europe, and China.
Although the company is yet to announce the pricing for their latest EV, as well as their volume targets, BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer revealed during their annual press conference in Munich that they’ve received “several hundred advance orders.”
BMW i3: Under the Hood
According to the automaker, the BMW i3 can cover as much as 136 miles on a single battery charge. What’s cool about this is that the range can be extended up to 217 miles using an optional tool—the range extender.
In addition, BMW i’s Head of Product Management Maximillian Kellner revealed that the car could have two eco modes. The first one, EcoPro, reduces the car’s torque that the electric motor delivers, as well as the energy used by its other features such as air conditioning or heating. EcoPro+, on the other hand, will shut down all systems that use electricity aside from safety systems such as ABS and ESC.
BMW i3 Range Extender
Aside from the said features, the BMW i3 will also be available with an optional two-cylinder motorcycle engine. It can also come in with a range extender generator, which could add up 81 miles on a single gasoline tank.
The engine is located in the trunk, and it’s connected to a generator that recharges the battery instead of transmitting the mechanical power straight to the wheels. The range extender will be available from launch, although its pricing is yet to be known.