BMW i3 To Get 50% More Electric Power In 2016

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Published on January 20th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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BMW i3 To Get 50% More Electric Power In 2016

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Sales of the BMW i3 is moving upwards steadly and BMW management realize that its current battery range is retarding even higher sales. Now BMW says it plans to boost the range of its i3 electric car by at least 50%. This year, the lithium ion battery pack of the compact EV will be improved, “which puts it into a much more usable range,” Ian Robertson, BMW’s sales chief, remarked at the Detroit auto show.

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BMW doesn’t have the exact figure yet, but a 50% increase means about 193km (120 miles) on a single charge, up from the current 130km (81 miles). The i3 will get other improvements, which BMW has not yet disclosed.

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The improved battery would give the i3 a better range than the Nissan Leaf, the top-selling electric car in the world, which can go up to 172km (107 miles) on a single charge.

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The i3 went on sale in 2014 and has a base price of 34,950 euros in Germany. A model with a range extender is also available with about double the range and starts at 39,450 euros. BMW sold 24,057 i3s worldwide last year, an increase of 50% from 2014.

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