BMW has taken advantage of new battery technologies developed since the i3’s launch back in 2013.
The new battery pack makes use of latest generation lithium-ion cells which offer the same capacity but at a much higher power density. The increase to power density will allow the i3 to to travel up to 200km in real-world conditions on a single charge. The existing model has a real-word range of only 130km.
The new battery will begin shipping with i3’s sold from now onward and will also include the range-extender models which utilise small/efficient petrol engines.
Existing i3 owners can also take advantage of the extended range with a retro-fit option offered by BMW.