BMW has released its first pure electric mid-sized sports sedan. According to the reports, this new car is called the BMW i3 and it has officially rolled off the production line from BMW group’s 3rd vehicle plant in Shenyang production base, also known as the Lida Plant.
Reportedly, with the launch of the BMW i3 and the reveal of the new BMW i7, the company has brought a total of 5 pure electric car models to the Chinese market. Although the BMW group has planned to produce and pilot-produce a total of 15 all-electric models this year only which will cover close to 90% of the luxury car segment.
According to the statement from the BMW group, they plan to deliver 2 million pure electric vehicles globally by the end of 2025 and they are hoping to reach 10 million by the end of 2030.
The New BMW i3 Details
The new BMW i3 is priced at 349,900 yuan (~52,428$). The car has a 2,966mm wheelbase. The seats are comfortable and thick along with the headrest. The console is very futuristic looking with a floating curved screen.
The new BMW iDrive has been integrated into the car and it is powered by the BMW OS-Operating system 8.0. The car is also equipped with a panoramic glass sunroof and there are 9 combinations of ambient lights to set the mood.
Additionally, the new BMW i3 is equipped with a 5th generation power battery backup pack. It comes with 811 nickel-cobalt-manganese-ternary-lithium-ion batteries and the total capacity is 70 kWh. The car has a range of 526 km under CLTC standards. BMW has also integrated the BMW eDrive technology into the car, along with the excitation synchronous motors, HRS hydraulic rebound damping technology, and standard rear axle air suspension.