The BMW i3
Th i3 was a revolutionary new design from BMW in 2013. As the first mass production car constructed largely from carbon-fibre; BMW decided to completely change the way we look at a modern small-vehicle. This move to a lighter, stronger material enabled BMW to offer fantastic performance and efficiency whilst offering a brilliant cabin design that famously has no central B pillars. The i3 represents a great used electric car purchase as it showcases all of the benefits an electric car can offer.
The Range Extender
This model of BMW i3 comes with a range extended (REX for short) back up motor allowing the driver to continue past the range of the battery. This petrol powered engine is a 647cc, two cylindered that is designed and intended as an emergency backup to extend the range to the next recharging location. The petrol tank has a capacity of 7.2 litres which adds an approximate 60 miles onto its range.
Driving and Performance
Driving the BMW i3 60Ah in the full electric mode has a maximum power of 125kW or 168hp. The BMW i3 60Ah is rear wheel drive and can accelerate from 0 to 62mph in 7.2 seconds, the top speed is 93mph.
Range and Charging
The battery in a 60aH BMW i3 has a total capacity of 21.6kWh, of this 18.8kWh is usable. The miles achieved on a fully charged battery is approximately 80 miles however the the range will depend on several factors that include climate, terrain, use of air-conditioning systems and driving style.
Charging on a BMW i3 is done by using a Type 2 connector, the maximum speed using this is 7.4kW. This means that using a 7kW home charging point it will charge to 100% in under 4 hours.
Rapid charging is also possible on this car through the CCS connection. This was an optional extra that allows the car to be charged from 10% – 80% in only 25 minutes using a fast charger. The CCS charger can accept a maximum charge power of 47kW however the average speed will be around 40kW.
Specification and Features
This BMW i3 benefits from many manufacturers optional extras, these include:
- BMW Diamond cut 429 wheels
- Harmon Kardon Premium audio
- Keyless Starts
- Heated Seats
- Rapid CCS charging upgrade
- Pre-paid service in December