BMW unveiled the i3 that will get a new battery pack of 94AH and the car with new battery will be available in the international market from July, the company claims to extend the battery range of the electric hatchback to 314km. The existing models of the BMW i3 make use of a 60Ah battery pack with a 22kWh energy output and come with a range of 160km, which is an increase of nearly 50%.
While the petrol-electric hybrid (Range Extender) model now gets an overall range of 444km, once it is fully charged with a full tank of fuel. The power density of the electric motor, weighing around 50kg and the range of the new BMW i3 94Ah on a full battery charge with the air conditioning or heating on has been increased to 314km that has been achieved with no subjective loss of driving performance.
The BMW i3 and Range Extender deliver a power out of 168bhp and 250Nm of torque. The new i3 can now accelerate from 0 – 100kmph at 7.3seconds and the Range Extender can do the same in 8.1 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 150kmph. As the new model gets 33kWh of electrical energy when fully charged, the new battery supplies 11kWh more energy than the current unit. In spite of being significantly larger battery capacity, the new battery can be charged in less than three hours, the same time to charge the older battery at a maximum charging current of 7.4kW.