BMW i3 Sales Soar By Over 70% Thanks To Battery Upgrade

Sales of the BMW i3 experienced a significant jump in August after the brand launched the new-and-improved version with a larger battery pack.

In August, a total of 2,848 i3s were delivered to customers worldwide, a huge 73.2 per cent increase over the same month last year.

Member of the board of management at BMW AG, Development, Klaus Frohlich, said this jump can largely be attributed to the improved model that hit showrooms in July.

Rather than the 60Ah battery of the standard i3, the improved variant adopts a 94Ah battery, meaning its range swells to 114 miles (185 km), about 40 per cent more than the standard car. Additionally, the model brings with it a custom interior design package, 19-inch wheels and fast DC charging.

In 2019 or 2020, a second-generation i3 is tipped to launch and given the rapid development of the electric vehicle market, it can be expected to have a range comfortably exceeding 200 miles.

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  • TheHake

    What a pointless POS. 185km AFTER a 40% increase???

    • Andrewthecarguy

      What the i3 gives up in range it makes up in performance. It is borderline insane how quick/nimble/agile this car is to drive. For day to day work commute it is more than adequate. You still need a second car though, but really you could just rent one if driving out of town.

  • Craig

    I would still want a back up gas or diesel engine. Even a very small one – just in case.

    • The rEX version would be for that purpose. I have the original i3 model with less range and the gas makes it so I don’t have to worry about range. With a little code mortification from your local “coder”, you can make the US car have a feature found on the European version where you can turn on the gas engine when the battery hits 75%. If I know I’m going to have to travel 100+ miles that day, I’ll turn on the gas fast rather than let the electric range go down to nothing.

  • LouInPA

    I have bicycle tires wider than the ones this i3 has

    • Then you must own a motorcycle 🙂

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