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BMW i3 Range Extender Leaves European Market

The BMW i3 Range Extender will not be on sale in Europe any more. It remains available in North America and Japan, but is replaced by the i3 all-electric hatchback in the European market.

The latter has been unveiled at the 2019 Paris Motor Show. Compared to the range extender version with its two-cylinder 650cc petrol motor proving extra charge to the battery, it is more efficient and up-to-date.

The powertrain of the new 2018 BMW I3 produces 170 hp, the peak torque is 250 Nm. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) is achieved in 7.3 seconds. The top speed is limited to 150 km/h (93 mph).

The latest I3’s battery has been reinforced from 33 kWh to 42.2 kWh. It provides a longer driving range: 290-300 km (180-186 mi) based on the NEDC cycle, 235-255 km (146-158 mi) as per WLTP and up to 200 km (124 mi) in everyday use.

The previous i3’s battery gave a range of 130-160 km (81 – 99 miles) in everyday conditions.

BMW has officially announced that they cease production of the Range Extender i3 and will sell only the pure-electric version. The i3 model range is shortened from four to two variants – a standard and a hotter i3s.

BMW will continue offering the Range Extender i3 in the North American and Japanese markets. It makes sense, as the demand for this car there is higher than in Europe and the rest of world.

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