2015 BMW i3 Range-Extended Electric Car Review

We were able to see BMW i3 electric vehicle available on the U.S. market but we are still waiting for the range extended version to be offered in dealerships. Only few days ago we have come to the info why the 2015 BMW i3 Range-Extended Electric Car is late and what is going on with this vehicle.

Each and every vehicle that comes to the U.S. market needs to have “Monroney” document which will offer info about price, MPG (from EPA), important parts producing countries and in this case battery range. It was first expected that the wait is because of the EPA that did not provided needed test results but later we could hear that it was possible that BMW wanted to make few software adjustments so this vehicle would further improve its efficiency. This might be done most likely because one of the ratings that i3 received did not match the German car maker expectations.

2015 BMW i3 Range-Extended Electric Car Review

Not long after these information’s were delivered we have received more details about range extended model. Official EPA results and the image of the sticker that brings those results are finally offered which means that there are no other obstacles for BMW to bring this car to the market.

2015 BMW i3 Range-Extended Electric Car Side

2015 BMW i3 Range-Extended Electric Car Side

To travel 100 miles you will need about 29 kW/h which translates to 117 MPGe and with battery pack that we have in i3 every driver will be able to get about 72 miles of electric only range. After this the gasoline unit will kick in and recharge battery pack and in range extended mode you can expect to see about 39 mpg which is still quite impressive. Standard i3 electric vehicle will bring 81 miles of range and 124 MPGe, this reduction in case of range extended model is simply because of the higher weight that comes with gasoline engine, fuel tank and needed installation.

BMW i3 Range-Extended Electric Car Back

BMW i3 Range-Extended Electric Car Back

If we compare the 2015 BMW i3 Range-Extended Electric Car with one of the competitors, Chevrolet Volt, that also comes with range extending option we will notice that BMW managed to offer higher efficiency. Volt is capable of returning 98 MPGe and when the battery pack is depleted the 1.4 liter range extender is used providing 37 mpg. With smaller two cylinder gasoline engine BMW is lighter in this segment but also comes with better usage of fuel.

BMW i3 Range-Extended Electric Car

On the sticker we could also notice that 15,000 miles that most drivers travel over the year will cost you about $650 if the gasoline price is set to $ 3.75 and the electricity price is at $ 0,12 per kWh. This is a significant reduction when compared to few models in this segment. What is more important CO2 emission is significantly lower from this model than with the similar gasoline powered version.

2015 BMW i3 Range-Extended Electric Car Interior

2015 BMW i3 Range-Extended Electric Car Interior

At this point we still do not have any details about the official release for the 2015 BMW i3 Range-Extended Electric Car but we do expect to see it soon on the market. During the next month first deliveries should start. All obstacles we wrote about are now gone and it can be delivered to the waiting buyers. Base model that is already on sale has been priced at $41,350 while the range extended version will cost $45,200.

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