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16th June, 2014

  • BMW i3 from $63,900*, BMW i3 with range extender from $69,900*
  • Available in several Australian BMW dealerships from November 2014

BMW Australia have confirmed local pricing and on-sale details of the small BMW i3 electric vehicle.

The BMW i3 is designed from the ground up to be powered by an electric drive system. The result is a BMW driving experience, delivered with zero emissions and an engaging intensity.

Also helping to deliver the BMW i3’s engaging driving experience is the single-pedal control feature carefully configured by the BMW Group’s drive system development engineers. Recuperation mode is activated the moment the driver takes his/her foot off the accelerator. The electric motor switches from drive to generator mode, feeding power into the lithium-ion battery. At the same time, it generates a precisely controllable braking effect. This recuperation is speed-sensitive, which means the car “coasts” with maximum efficiency at high speeds and generates a strong braking effect at low speeds. The ability to accelerate and brake using just one pedal makes an unusually direct interaction between driver and car. Thinking ahead in city traffic can allow the driver to carry out 75 per cent of braking manoeuvres without applying the brake pedal.

Like the car’s unique vehicle architecture – based around the LifeDrive structure and its carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) passenger cell – the electric motor, power electronics and high-voltage lithium-ion battery have been developed and manufactured independently by the BMW Group under its BMW eDrive programme. This ensures typical BMW driving pleasure is also a central feature of the BMW i brand’s first electrically powered car. Also playing their part are the driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive and 360° ELECTRIC designed specifically for the BMW i3. Intelligent integration of these features allows them to accentuate the experience of all-electric mobility in urban environments.

The BMW i3 will be available in Australia in two guises, as a pure battery electric vehicle and, for customers particularly conscious of ‘range anxiety,’ it will also be available with a range extender.

Performing the role of the range extender is a 650cc two-cylinder petrol engine developing 27 kW, which is mounted immediately adjacent to the electric motor above the rear axle. The engine drives a generator for the purpose of maintaining the charge of the lithium-ion battery at a constant level as soon as it dips below a certain value.

BMW i3

  • 0 to 60 km/h in 3.7 seconds, 0–100 km/h in 7.2 seconds, acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h in 4.9 seconds
  • Top speed: 150 km/h (limited)
  • Maximum range in everyday driving between 130 km and 160 km (Comfort mode)
  • CO2  0 g/km

BMW i3 with range extender

  • 0 to 60 km/h in 3.9 seconds, 0–100 km/h in 7.9 seconds, acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h in 5.5 seconds
  • Top speed: 150 km/h (limited)
  • Maximum range in everyday driving between 240 km and 300 km (Comfort mode)

With range extender engine in use

  • CO2  emissions of 13 g/km
  • Fuel consumption of 0.6 l/100 km

Equipment and specification

The BMW i3 features a completely new display and operating concept which is based on two high-resolution monitors. The right monitor for the driver is positioned on the steering column and has a 5.5-inch digital display which provides the driver with essential information such as road speed and range. Positioned at the centre of the instrument panel between driver and front passenger, a 10.3-inch monitor handles the tasks of the Control Display, showing for example prompts from the standard navigation system and displays the image from the standard rear view camera. Infotainment, menu functions and vehicle settings can be adjusted via the intuitive BMW Touch Controller.

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The BMW i3 is available with three different interior guises: Lodge (standard), Loft (no cost option) and Suite. These allow customers to change the look and feel of the interior.

Additionally six unique paint colours and three alloy wheel choices provide for further customisation of the BMW i3.

Both BMW i3 models will come generously equipped with identical standard specifications boasting innovative features and bespoke BMW i functionality such as dynamic range map and ECO route for the navigation system. Full specification details will be advised closer to the local launch.


Since 2007 BMW has been conducting comprehensive field test as part of the project i initiative. With more than 1,000 people taking part and racking up in excess of 32 million kilometres the knowledge gained as a result has been channelled into the making of innovative vehicle concepts and mobility solutions. Based on this information, BMW i brings together a wide range of innovative products and services within the 360° ELECTRIC portfolio that makes electric driving a comfortable and pleasing everyday experience.

Convenient and flexible ways of charging

Customer charging behaviour was a key focus of the project i field tests with the results showing the majority of charging will take place at the customer’s home. BMW offers two ways to help facilitate this; the recommended method is via the BMW i Wallbox Pure (BMW Genuine Accessory) which allows for a charging power of up to 3.7kW at 16 amps giving a charging time of approx 6 hours. The alternate method is carried out using the occasional use cable which is provided with each vehicle as standard. This cable allows for a charging power of up to 1.8kW which gives a full charge in approximately 11 hours and can be used in most domestic wall sockets. (copyright image)
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Charging away from home is also possible and becoming increasingly more accessible as the network of public charging facilities across Australia steadily expands as more electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles take to the roads. Public charging points allow for a charging power of up to 7kW giving a charging time of approx three hours if a full recharge is required. The 360° ELECTRIC programme supports the use of public charging infrastructure via a charge card which allows cashless payments for charging at charging points operated by BMW Australia’s public charging partner to be announced closer to launch.

The Australian specification BMW i3 will be charged through a Type 1 (SAE J1772) charging connector. This connector type is used by all electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles which are currently sold in Australia.

BMW i3 Australian Pricing:

Australian  MLP*
BMW i3 (BEV) $63,900*
BMW i3 (REx) $69,900*


* Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.



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