The much publicized BMW i3 will make its public debut on July 29th and the world premier will be staged in New York, London and Beijing simultaneously. Germany will be the first car markety to get the i3, where it will go on sale for a starting price of EUR 34,950 (approx INR 27.51 lakhs) only.
We have posted plenty of official images of the BMW i3 and what we have here today is a video that shows the carmaker’s first i-series BMW car in motion.
BMW says that the i3 deserves the tagline of “Sheer Driving Pleasure” and the car’s good ride and handling characteristics are owing to the 50:50 weight distribution and a rear-wheel drive layout. As per BMW, the electric engine’s placement on the rear axle is responsible for offering “unbeatable traction” and optimum maneuverability. The upcoming BMW i3 has a turning circle of just 9.86 meters.
The i3 comes with a single-pedal control system, which means recuperation mode is activated as the the accelerator is pressed. The 168hp electric motor gets into generator mode (from drive mode) and starts pumping power into the lithium-ion battery, along with producing a “precisely controllable braking effect”.
The BMW i3 is equipped with systems such as the Driving Assistant Plus, Parking Assistant, a rear view camera and Speed Limit Info. The car’s battery can be replenished using either a BMW-supplied wall-box or a conventional domestic power socket.
A full charge of the battery takes around 8 hours using the domestic socket. The battery can also be charged up to 80 percent capacity in less than 30 minutes using the 50kW fast charger.