I thought it might be useful to have a thread that deals with your news and views about this great little electric vehicle (EV). Firstly, here is a brief summary of some important facts about the i3:
The range of the BMW i3 as listed in the New Zealand Electric Car Guide is as follows:
Generation 1 pure electric model: 130km from a 22kWh 60Ah battery
Generation 2 pure electric model: 183km from a 33kWh 94Ah battery
BMW manufactures the i3 in two different models, the “pure electric” as referred to above, and the range extender model which also includes a small petrol engine that has a capacity of 9 litres. This motor is only used to charge the battery of the i3 (while driving the car) because the i3 always runs on its electric battery.
The range extender model (REX) gives an additional range of about 116km, so the combined range of the i3 REX model is:
Generation 1: 246km
Generation 2: 299km
The current basic NZ-New price of the Generation 2 i3 (ex the NZ BMW web site) is:
Pure electric model 94Ah = $75,700
Range extender model 94Ah = $86,900
The Generation 1 i3 has been on sale in New Zealand since 2014, and the Generation 2 i3 since 2017.
Please post here any news, views, and first-hand experiences you have about the i3.
At present, TradeMe Motors has a good selection of used i3s and the prices of the Generation 1 model have dropped quite significantly in recent months, with several Gen 1 vehicles listed between $35,000 and $40,000 (mainly pure electric models). So, perhaps it’s a good time to buy a second-hand Generation 1 model?
And now 2018 BMWi3 models have been announced, what do you think of these updates?