BMW Australia has confirmed its all-electric i3 and i3s models available in Australia from February next year will have double the range of its predecessor, with a new increased capacity battery to deliver double the original distance of driving on a single charge.
The 42kWh battery replaces last year’s 33kW battery, and will be increased from the original 2013 60Ah configuration to 120Ah, keeping the battery size the same as before but instead delivering 260km range, according to BMW.
From February 2019, the BMW i3 with 125kW motor output will grace Australian showrooms, priced from $68,700 (MSRP (that is after GST and taxes, but before on-road costs and dealer fees), while the enhanced performance i3s with 135kW motor output will be priced from $69,900 (MSRP).
“BMW has once again demonstrated its technical capability in the EV space with the latest BMW i3 120Ah,” said BMW Group Australia CEO, Vikram Pawah in a statement.
“Effectively doubling the real-world driving range from the i3’s 2013 global introduction, the newest addition to our BMW i stable remains a trailblazer.
“Beyond that, the constant evolution of materials and specification, as well as the i3s sports- focused variant, makes the car more relevant than ever,” he said.
As for charging, both models come standard with a Type 2 charging plug for single and three-phase AC charging, as well as a domestic charging cable for those wanting to simply charge at home on their usual electricity connection.
While charging through a standard domestic cable will take 19.5 hours from 0 to 80%, 9.7 hours through a BMW single-phase Wallbox or 3.2 hours through a three-phase Wallbox, both models can also be charged via a 50kW DC fast charger in as little as 42 minutes.
In both models, a wireless phone charger, ‘Loft’ interior design and built-in nav on a 10.25-inch touchscreen all come as standard – as well as Apple CarPlay, which previously cost $623 extra as an option.
Also standard is Driving Assistant Plus provides safety features including active cruise control, speed limit info, and forward collision and pedestrian warning systems, as well as parking assistant features including a rear view camera, park distance control and fully automated parallel parking assistant.
Other standard connectivity features include real-time traffic information, intelligent emergency calls, concierge services and USB map updates.
The BMW 13s model also comes standard with 20-inch double-spoke alloy wheels, sport mode driving, a traction control system, sport suspension and steering.
Bridie Schmidt is lead reporter for The Driven, sister site of Renew Economy. She specialises in writing about new technology and has been writing about electric vehicles for two years. She has a keen interest in the role that zero emissions transport has to play in sustainability and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum.