Premiere of 100% Battery Car in New York, London and Beijing
BMW staged world premiers of its 100% battery electric i3 electric vehicle in New York, London and Beijing this week, and said that it had already received more than 90,000 requests for test drives.
The i3 is BMW’s first series-produced pure battery electric car and “has the same sporting genes as every BMW and is characterized by sheer driving pleasure,” the company says, claiming sustainability as a priority throughout the i3 value chain.
With an 18.8 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery array powering a 170-horsepower driveline, single-charge range of the 2,630-pound car is stated at 130 to 160 kilometers (81 to 99 miles) – “quite sufficient for the vast majority of drivers,” BMW says, as “the average distance driven daily worldwide is no more than 64 kilometers” (40 miles).
‘More Than Just a Car’
There is an optional two-cylinder 34-horsepower range-extending gasoline engine, mounted adjacent to the electric motor above the rear axle, which boosts driving range to approximately 185 miles.
“The i3 is more than just a car. It’s a revolutionary step towards sustainable mobility,” BMW chairman Norbert Reithofer said in a release. “It is purpose-built around an electric power train to serve the needs of our megacity customers.” Reithofer spoke at the launch event in New York on Monday.
“We will support our BMW i3 customers with a comprehensive package of premium services for seamless and uncomplicated ‘sheer driving pleasure,’” board member Ian Robertson said in London.
“The BMW i3 sets a new benchmark for sustainable mobility in all stages of development and production, as well as aftersales,” BMW board member Friedrich Eichiner said in Beijing.
The BMW i3 is built in Leipzig, Germany, where the plant’s electricity is generated via wind power.
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