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BMW gives the i3 a big boost in battery capacity

The automaker delivers its sneak attack on Tesla, but is it enough?
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For the 2017 model year, BMW is introducing an improved version of their all-electric i3 with a more than 50% increase in battery capacity. That gives the car a a combined range of 114 miles in normal, everyday conditions and while that is a bit shorter than proposed 200+ miles of Tesla's Model 3, the new i3's range is more than enough for the average commute. 

When it comes to performance, the car will be able to produce 170 hp and 183 lb-ft of torque, enough power to get it from 0-60 in over 7 seconds and will hit a limited top speed of 93 mph. Charging the battery will take 4.5 hours on a level 2 charger and they've also looked to the future and equipped it with a 50 kW direct current charger that can charge the car to 80% capacity in just 40 minutes when plugged into a DC fast charging station. 

For those of you who suffer from range anxiety, you can option out the i3 when a Range Extender feature that adds a 650cc 2-cylinder gas engine and a 2.4 gallon fuel tank. 

bmwusa.com

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