The second generation, the BMW i3 is at different points improved compared to its predecessor, which according to the Germans ‘driving electric has become adult’. We sought it out during an extensive driving test and looked at the background of this particular car.
It is difficult the design of the BMW i3 to be described as beautiful. The futuristic box-like appearance and especially the kink in the heuplijn, making it seem as if the back of the car not all the way at the front fits, difficult quite as attractive. The new i3 makes the whole thing better by somewhat tighter lines and a new front bumper with horizontal fog, but the general design is more or less the same.
Completely new in this second generation is the advent of the i3s, a sporty variant with a lowered chassis, light uitgeklopte wheel arches for the 20-millimeter-wider tires and slightly better performance (10 miles per hour more top speed, and 0.4 sec faster to 100 kilometres per hour). Completely understand, we do this implementation does not, because an i3 will never be a sports car. He is precisely developed to be as clean and efficient as possible, to be able to drive.
A lot more interesting than you think
And, indeed, this development makes the i3 a lot more interesting than you initially might think. BMW has quite a lot of attention to bring down the carbon footprint of the construction of the i3. Because, so thought the Germans and rightly so, it has little sense in an electric vehicle as the construction of a lot of pressure on the natural environment.
And so has BMW specifically for the i3 different manufacturing processes designed to make the process as clean as possible. First, work the factories where the cars are made to be on green power, partly self-generated. The aluminium that is used, is withdrawn from the waste of the aluminum industry and also the carbon of the structure of the car is in an environmentally friendly way.
But it goes further: the paint of the exterior is not on the car sprayed, but the plastic panels are cast, so no painting was needed, and the leather of the seats is tanned with the leaves of the olive tree in place of chemicals. The wood of the dashboard is specially designed for this purpose, sustainably farmed Eucalyptus trees and other parts are made of recycled plastic. And the thin plastic frames of the chairs by BASF on a completely new developed technique built, which is a very low emission brings with it.
A very fine place
The beautiful of the i3 is that the use of recycled and environmentally responsible materials has led to a geitenwollensokken atmosphere in the car, on the contrary. The interior of the BMW i3 is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. Beautiful wooden panels, the waves on the dashboard and offer space for two fully digital screens. The recycled material on the door panels and the dashboard looks nice and certainly doesn’t feel cheap. If reused materials are so beautiful, why are they not much more applied in cars?
The beautiful materials, the minimalist design, and a huge windscreen provide a very spacious and modern feel, at least for the people who sit on the front seats. The rear seat, accessible via a small suicide doors, is a lot smaller and feels a lot bekrompener.
The new BMW i3 has a battery pack with a capacity of 33.2 kWh, which corresponds to a CCS rapid charger with a maximum up to 50 kW DC charging. The package drives a 170 hp and 250 Nm strong electric motor and offers a range of around 200 kilometres. During the trial we were still in a range between 170 and 200 miles, so not far from the specified value.
This range is, however, dependent on which mode you have the car mount. You have a choice of Comfort, Eco Pro and Eco Pro Plus. In Comfort you have a fierce reaction, top speed of 160 kilometers per hour and work air conditioning and heating fully. In Eco Pro, the car has a bit less bright, working air conditioning and heating and is your top limit 130 kilometers per hour. In Eco Pro Plus is the car higher, slower, working air conditioning and heaters do not and you can’t get harder than 90 miles per hour.
During the test shows that Eco Pro is the finest position. The car still attracts quickly -and, yes, the i3 is indeed fast, especially in tussenacceleraties-, you have all the luxury but you will deliver little in terms of range. If you have more range, provides BMW the opportunity to make a range extender. The i3 is equipped with a 650 cc two-cylinder petrol engine that the battery’s charging and for a total of 150 km of extra range. The addition is shoot down or up of 4 to 22 percent.
The new BMW i3 drive extremely pleasing. Especially the way the throttle response, but also the adult feel do you within the shortest possible time forget that you are with an EV step, while you still enjoy the rapid acceleration.
For handling you need not have to much sportsmanship to expect. There is perhaps BMW on the car, but this is a completely different vehicle than the more regular models of the German brand, which often symbolize for sporty driving. The narrow straps know the car well on the road, but not much more than that. And it is moist, then have the rear wheels and the trouble with the couple that suddenly separates. The i3s probably will do a lot better, but as I said it will never be a sports car.
The new BMW i3 has us pleasantly surprised. Although the appearance have to get used to remains, the interior is a beautiful oasis of space, peace and comfort. The fair range and fast charging time make sure that you will certainly be within the Randstad fine with this car from the feet. And if you combine that with the way the car responds and drives, then BMW might be right: an electric car starts to mature.
BMW i3 (94 Ah)
Motor: Synchronous electric motor
Power: 170 hp
Torque: 250 Nm
Drivetrain: rear wheel
Manual transmission: 1-speed automatic
Top speed: 150 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 7,3 seconds
Weight for road tax: 1.320 kgs
An average of specified fuel consumption: 13.1 kWh/100km
CO2 emissions: 0 g/km
Energy Label: A
Base price (kerb): 40.412,- euro
Price testauto (kerb): 54.492,15 euro