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Improved battery means range increase for BMW i3

Date: 28 September 2018   |   Author: Sean Keywood

BMW is to improve the range of its i3 electric car by installing a larger capacity battery.

The new battery has a capacity of 120Ah - up from 94Ah previously.

This means an official range, under WLTP testing, of 192 miles for the 170hp i3, or 177 miles for the 184hp i3s.

According to BMW, during everyday usage the new models are able to cover a distance of 160 miles - an increase of almost 30% from the previous 94Ah models. 

The combined power consumption of the i3 is 13.1kWh per 62 miles, while the BMW i3s has a power consumption of 14.6kWh per 62 miles. 

A 50kW rapid charger will charge the battery to 80% in 42 minutes, while a 7.4kW BMW i Wallbox will achieve this in 4.9 hours, and a conventional household socket in 15 hours.

BMW has also made a minor cosmetic tweak to the i3 with the addition of black A-pillars and roof lines, while Jucaro metallic with accentuations in Frozen Grey is a new paint option.

Adaptive LED headlights have also been added to the options list, as has wireless phone charging and a wireless LAN hotspot.

The updated models will go on sale in December, priced at £35,180 for the i3 and £37,670 for the i3s.