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Upgraded BMW i3 Deliveries Beginning Soon | CleanTechnica

Following the start of production back in July, BMW will soon begin deliveries of the new i3s featuring increased battery pack sizes — allowing for an NEDC-certified range of more than 300 kilometers (185 miles) per full charge.

“NEDC-certified” doesn’t necessarily mean that much, of course — real-world range estimates put the new BMW i3’s range somewhere around 200 kilometers ( More

Following the start of production back in July, BMW will soon begin deliveries of the new i3s featuring increased battery pack sizes — allowing for an NEDC-certified range of more than 300 kilometers (185 miles) per full charge.

“NEDC-certified” doesn’t necessarily mean that much, of course — real-world range estimates put the new BMW i3’s range somewhere around 200 kilometers ( More

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BMW Sued for i3 Electric Car’s Unexpected Performance Drop Off

new lawsuit alleges that BMW i3 electric cars can suddenly slow down when their battery power is low, potentially putting passengers in dangerous situations.
Filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, the class-action suit alleges that the i3’s “range extender feature … doesn’t produce enough power to prevent a dramatic decrease in the vehicle’s performance. As allege More

new lawsuit alleges that BMW i3 electric cars can suddenly slow down when their battery power is low, potentially putting passengers in dangerous situations.
Filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, the class-action suit alleges that the i3’s “range extender feature … doesn’t produce enough power to prevent a dramatic decrease in the vehicle’s performance. As allege More

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BMW I3 can lose power all of a sudden

The plug-in charger for a BMW i3 electric car is pictured during the Auto China 2016 in Beijing

By Jonathan Stempel

(Reuters) – A U.S. owner of a BMW i3 has filed a lawsuit claiming that the German automaker’s electric vehicle can experience a sudden loss of power when a feature designed to nearly double its driving range is deployed.

The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday More

The plug-in charger for a BMW i3 electric car is pictured during the Auto China 2016 in Beijing

By Jonathan Stempel

(Reuters) – A U.S. owner of a BMW i3 has filed a lawsuit claiming that the German automaker’s electric vehicle can experience a sudden loss of power when a feature designed to nearly double its driving range is deployed.

The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday More

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BMW To Finally Replace i3 Onboard Charger To Restore Promised 7.4 kW Charging Rate

When the BMW i3 launched in the U.S., BMW promised a Level 2 charging rate of over 7.0 kW.

Promised Versus Delivered

While the promise was over 7.0 kW (7.4 kW to be precise), several U.S. i3s began to blow what’s known as the KLE (onboard charger). BMW’s response was to push through an update that effectively limited charging to between 4 and 5.5 kW. In essence, the i3 was no l More

When the BMW i3 launched in the U.S., BMW promised a Level 2 charging rate of over 7.0 kW.

Promised Versus Delivered

While the promise was over 7.0 kW (7.4 kW to be precise), several U.S. i3s began to blow what’s known as the KLE (onboard charger). BMW’s response was to push through an update that effectively limited charging to between 4 and 5.5 kW. In essence, the i3 was no l More

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Report BMW looking to fix i3 acceleration problem uncovered by Consumer Reports

The BMW i3 has been hailed in some quarters as the future of electric mobility, what with its innovative carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body and commitment to sustainable materials wherever possible. The modernist little hatch is even available with a 650cc two-cylinder gas engine with 34 horsepower to act as a range-extender for those who want it. However, that optional engine might have a draw More

The BMW i3 has been hailed in some quarters as the future of electric mobility, what with its innovative carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body and commitment to sustainable materials wherever possible. The modernist little hatch is even available with a 650cc two-cylinder gas engine with 34 horsepower to act as a range-extender for those who want it. However, that optional engine might have a draw More

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2014 BMW i3 Lease Deals Appear: $369/Month For Electric Car

It’s a pretty standard part of the car-launch cycle: The earliest buyers pay sticker price or more, and then the discounting starts to set in.

Accordingly, with the BMW i3 electric car on the market for five months now, we’re starting to see more aggressive marketing on the part of dealers.

One more generous lease deal that popped up recently came from Stevens Creek BMW, More

It’s a pretty standard part of the car-launch cycle: The earliest buyers pay sticker price or more, and then the discounting starts to set in.

Accordingly, with the BMW i3 electric car on the market for five months now, we’re starting to see more aggressive marketing on the part of dealers.

One more generous lease deal that popped up recently came from Stevens Creek BMW, More

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2014 BMW i3 Lease Deals Appear: $369/Month For Electric Car

It’s a pretty standard part of the car-launch cycle: The earliest buyers pay sticker price or more, and then the discounting starts to set in.

Accordingly, with the BMW i3 electric car on the market for five months now, we’re starting to see more aggressive marketing on the part of dealers.

One more generous lease deal that popped up recently came from Stevens Creek BMW, More

It’s a pretty standard part of the car-launch cycle: The earliest buyers pay sticker price or more, and then the discounting starts to set in.

Accordingly, with the BMW i3 electric car on the market for five months now, we’re starting to see more aggressive marketing on the part of dealers.

One more generous lease deal that popped up recently came from Stevens Creek BMW, More

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EIGHT installs solar powered fast-charging station at BMW welt

the parametrically designed charging columns displays and delivers information about the current battery range. for long distance journeys, a charging strategy that shows users where, when and for how long the battery needs to More

the parametrically designed charging columns displays and delivers information about the current battery range. for long distance journeys, a charging strategy that shows users where, when and for how long the battery needs to More

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BMW Prepares Inductive Charging System

It has become inevitable that electric-powered cars are the way of the future. We aren’t quite sure how electricity is going to be created to power these cars, but it has been almost universally accepted that batteries and motors are the way forward. Of cours More

It has become inevitable that electric-powered cars are the way of the future. We aren’t quite sure how electricity is going to be created to power these cars, but it has been almost universally accepted that batteries and motors are the way forward. Of cours More

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BMW Bringing Electric Cars To South Africa In 2015

It’s a problem facing all electric car manufacturers: if you want to sell high-powered electric cars, the charging infrastructure must be in place but nobody wants to provide that infrastructure until the cars are there to use it.

Last week BMW South Africa announced a partnership with Schneider Electric to make both happen simultaneously.

BMW South Africa has partnered with Schnei More

It’s a problem facing all electric car manufacturers: if you want to sell high-powered electric cars, the charging infrastructure must be in place but nobody wants to provide that infrastructure until the cars are there to use it.

Last week BMW South Africa announced a partnership with Schneider Electric to make both happen simultaneously.

BMW South Africa has partnered with Schnei More

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1,378 BMW i3s Sold In First Half Of 2014 In Germany

That’s the headline from a recent eagleAID article in which AID states:

“Most BMW i3s in Germany now equipped with range-extender engine.”

The sales breakdown isn’t that important to us (yes, the REx version accounts for over 50% of sales in Germany). However, the low level of total sales definitely hits our radar.

In the first six months of 2014, BMW sold only 1, More

That’s the headline from a recent eagleAID article in which AID states:

“Most BMW i3s in Germany now equipped with range-extender engine.”

The sales breakdown isn’t that important to us (yes, the REx version accounts for over 50% of sales in Germany). However, the low level of total sales definitely hits our radar.

In the first six months of 2014, BMW sold only 1, More

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BMW: i3 Blew Past Sales Goals

The BMW i3 surpassed the goals put forward for it by BMW for the first half of 2014, according to a recent statement from the high-end car manufacturer. In total, more than 5,000 of the designed-for-use-in-the-city EVs have been sold so far this year.

Of the total 5,396 vehicles sold, 1,241 were sold in June — with a substantial amount of those sales occurring in the European markets. Th More

The BMW i3 surpassed the goals put forward for it by BMW for the first half of 2014, according to a recent statement from the high-end car manufacturer. In total, more than 5,000 of the designed-for-use-in-the-city EVs have been sold so far this year.

Of the total 5,396 vehicles sold, 1,241 were sold in June — with a substantial amount of those sales occurring in the European markets. Th More

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Battery Capacity of Mercedes EV is 67% Bigger than for BMW i3

The two newest electric cars on the market—both luxury models from Germany—make for a fascinating study of contrasts. The BMW i3 and Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive carry nearly identical price tags of $42,300 and $42,400 respectively. They are both beautifully designed and well engineered. But it’s their differing approaches to overcoming limitations in driving range—arguably the biggest More

The two newest electric cars on the market—both luxury models from Germany—make for a fascinating study of contrasts. The BMW i3 and Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive carry nearly identical price tags of $42,300 and $42,400 respectively. They are both beautifully designed and well engineered. But it’s their differing approaches to overcoming limitations in driving range—arguably the biggest More

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BMW Previews Wireless Charging for i3 and i8

Just a few days ago it emerged that the next-generation Audi R8 e-tron could utilise wireless charging. Now BMW has confirmed that it is working on wireless or inductive charging for the i3 and i8 as well as future plug-in models.

To put it s More

Just a few days ago it emerged that the next-generation Audi R8 e-tron could utilise wireless charging. Now BMW has confirmed that it is working on wireless or inductive charging for the i3 and i8 as well as future plug-in models.

To put it s More

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Review: BMW’s all-electric i3 now in Canada, offering good range at a reasonable price

The boy in the Subaru behind me was sleeping when his father, in the driver’s seat, must’ve woken him up.

The pointing, and then the sun-shielding hand above his eyes as he gawked at the car in front, couldn’t be missed from my vantage point, glancing in the rear-view mirror while stuck in traffic.

I was driving what was arguably the most noticeable car on Highway 401 that day More

The boy in the Subaru behind me was sleeping when his father, in the driver’s seat, must’ve woken him up.

The pointing, and then the sun-shielding hand above his eyes as he gawked at the car in front, couldn’t be missed from my vantage point, glancing in the rear-view mirror while stuck in traffic.

I was driving what was arguably the most noticeable car on Highway 401 that day More

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BMW i3 and i8 to get wireless charging

The German based automaker BMW is planning to offer wireless charging for the i3 and i8 in the future.

Wireless charging technology has taken by surprise gadgets enthusiasts and now it’s getting ready to be offered in the automotive industry too as BMW is currently working on the development of such a system. The current models which will be benefiting from this technology include the i3 More

The German based automaker BMW is planning to offer wireless charging for the i3 and i8 in the future.

Wireless charging technology has taken by surprise gadgets enthusiasts and now it’s getting ready to be offered in the automotive industry too as BMW is currently working on the development of such a system. The current models which will be benefiting from this technology include the i3 More

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BMW i3 is a game-changer in electric cars world

Car companies are taking it seriously and it’s not just because Tesla motors are making headlines every time Elon Musk blows his nose, there’s a desire for cheaper, greener motoring out there.

Back when the Horse was the only form of transport most of them had a hard life, they were frequently beaten to death because they were too tired to go on any further. Horses had to be delivery tr More

Car companies are taking it seriously and it’s not just because Tesla motors are making headlines every time Elon Musk blows his nose, there’s a desire for cheaper, greener motoring out there.

Back when the Horse was the only form of transport most of them had a hard life, they were frequently beaten to death because they were too tired to go on any further. Horses had to be delivery tr More

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BMW i3 Poll reveals surprising facts about who buys electric vehicles

Torque News’ exclusive poll reveals that buyers of the newest electric vehicle, the BMW i3, are not who BMW predicts will buy the car, and what they trade in does not fit the gas guzzler to green car narrative.

Torque News has done our own poll of BMW i3 owners and those with cars on order in the US market. We found that the cars that are being turned in by these US market early adopt More

Torque News’ exclusive poll reveals that buyers of the newest electric vehicle, the BMW i3, are not who BMW predicts will buy the car, and what they trade in does not fit the gas guzzler to green car narrative.

Torque News has done our own poll of BMW i3 owners and those with cars on order in the US market. We found that the cars that are being turned in by these US market early adopt More

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All-new BMW i3 electric car revealed in Auckland

BMW New Zealand revealed the future of sustainable personal mobility in Auckland today, with the national premiere of the all-new BMW i3 electric car.

Assembled guests had the opportunity to see the generous proportions and experience the practicality of the new model for themselves, with the BMW i3 ‘open for business’ as part of its local debut.

They were also able to gain an ap More

BMW New Zealand revealed the future of sustainable personal mobility in Auckland today, with the national premiere of the all-new BMW i3 electric car.

Assembled guests had the opportunity to see the generous proportions and experience the practicality of the new model for themselves, with the BMW i3 ‘open for business’ as part of its local debut.

They were also able to gain an ap More

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BMW i3 least expensive EV to maintain in America

The new BMW i3 will save owners money due to a very low cost of maintenance, something not all popular EVs can offer.

The BMW i3 is the least expensive electrified vehicle to maintain for sale or lease in the US marketplace. BMW has started to ship cars to customers over the past week and the Monroney stickers confirm that BMW Ultimate Service, which covers all the maintenance costs of the More

The new BMW i3 will save owners money due to a very low cost of maintenance, something not all popular EVs can offer.

The BMW i3 is the least expensive electrified vehicle to maintain for sale or lease in the US marketplace. BMW has started to ship cars to customers over the past week and the Monroney stickers confirm that BMW Ultimate Service, which covers all the maintenance costs of the More

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BMW solar carport concept a Supercharger for the home

We told you about Ford’s efforts to make a solar carport for its plug-in hybrid vehicles, and now, BMW DesignWorksUSA built a solar carport of its own.

BMW solar carport concept

The BMW i8, foreground, and i3, background, are parked under BMW’s solar carport concept. (Photo courtesy BMW)

A press release from BMW said the solar carport concept will debut when the BMW i8 has More

We told you about Ford’s efforts to make a solar carport for its plug-in hybrid vehicles, and now, BMW DesignWorksUSA built a solar carport of its own.

BMW solar carport concept

The BMW i8, foreground, and i3, background, are parked under BMW’s solar carport concept. (Photo courtesy BMW)

A press release from BMW said the solar carport concept will debut when the BMW i8 has More

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BMW i3 REx Priced at $69,900 in Australia, BEV from $63,990

The BMW i3 BEV and REx has received a price tag in Australia. How’s $69,900 sound for the REx? Or $63,990 for the regular all-electric version? In US dollars that works out to be $64,700 and $59,300 respectively.
BMW i3

BMW i3

Currently, the Nissan LEAF is the top-selling electric vehicle in Australia. Its price tag of $39,990 is the #1 reason it sells. Competing plug-in More

The BMW i3 BEV and REx has received a price tag in Australia. How’s $69,900 sound for the REx? Or $63,990 for the regular all-electric version? In US dollars that works out to be $64,700 and $59,300 respectively.
BMW i3

BMW i3

Currently, the Nissan LEAF is the top-selling electric vehicle in Australia. Its price tag of $39,990 is the #1 reason it sells. Competing plug-in More

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BMW i3 EV RatBMW i3 EV Rated by EPA: 81 Miles Range, 124 MPGe, Gets Full CA Rebateed by EPA: 81 Miles Range, 124 MPGe, Gets Full CA Rebate

Just days ahead of going on sale and with the first shipment of cars already waiting on the docks, the all-electric 2014 BMW i3 EV has been given its official fuel economy ratings by the EPA.
At 124 MPGe, the BMW i3 is the most efficient car on sale in the U.S. today.

At 124 MPGe, the BMW i3 is the most efficient car on sale in the U.S. today.

At 81 miles per charge, the BMW i3 More

Just days ahead of going on sale and with the first shipment of cars already waiting on the docks, the all-electric 2014 BMW i3 EV has been given its official fuel economy ratings by the EPA.
At 124 MPGe, the BMW i3 is the most efficient car on sale in the U.S. today.

At 124 MPGe, the BMW i3 is the most efficient car on sale in the U.S. today.

At 81 miles per charge, the BMW i3 More

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First US BMW i3 is Bought, Sold in Boston

The first ever all-electric BMW i3 finally arrived on US shores. But if you were hoping to drive away with one anytime soon, you’re out of luck. The first – and so far ONLY unit – was sold Friday afternoon at Herb Chambers BMW of Boston. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news!

But the good news is more are expected to be arriving in the next few weeks. The price tag will start at $41,350 More

The first ever all-electric BMW i3 finally arrived on US shores. But if you were hoping to drive away with one anytime soon, you’re out of luck. The first – and so far ONLY unit – was sold Friday afternoon at Herb Chambers BMW of Boston. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news!

But the good news is more are expected to be arriving in the next few weeks. The price tag will start at $41,350 More

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BMW i3 and i8 interest exceeds production capacity says CEO

BMW chief executive Norbert Reithofer has revealed that both the electric i3 and plug-in hybrid i8 models are oversubscribed, with demand exceeding current production capacity.

Reithofer confirmed to Auto Motor und Sport that after 11,000 pre-orders and 100,000 test drive requests for the progressive i3 hatchback the German automaker has more interest than it can deliver on. The same is tru More

BMW chief executive Norbert Reithofer has revealed that both the electric i3 and plug-in hybrid i8 models are oversubscribed, with demand exceeding current production capacity.

Reithofer confirmed to Auto Motor und Sport that after 11,000 pre-orders and 100,000 test drive requests for the progressive i3 hatchback the German automaker has more interest than it can deliver on. The same is tru More

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Electric BMW i3 reviewed by a Nissan LEAF owner [video]

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Crash your carbon-fiber i3 EV? Here’s how BMW will fix it

The use of carbon fiber in the frame of the BMW i3 has many worried about high repair costs. BMW gives us an inside look at why it won’t be so bad.

NEW YORK — The auto industry is a somewhat traditional one. Change tends to come slowly, and so whenever a major revolution comes along it’s often met with skepticism at the least, or at worst, fear. That has definitely been th More

The use of carbon fiber in the frame of the BMW i3 has many worried about high repair costs. BMW gives us an inside look at why it won’t be so bad.

NEW YORK — The auto industry is a somewhat traditional one. Change tends to come slowly, and so whenever a major revolution comes along it’s often met with skepticism at the least, or at worst, fear. That has definitely been th More

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BMW i3 electric car on sale in Australia

The BMW i3 will be only the third electric car to be sold in Australia when it arrives in showrooms by the end of the year.

BMW launches electric car locally, wants taxpayers to foot $10,000 of its $64,000 price.

The first BMW electric car has gone on sale in Australia today — but the German car maker wants Australian taxpayers to cover $10,000 of its $64,000 price, and ev More

The BMW i3 will be only the third electric car to be sold in Australia when it arrives in showrooms by the end of the year.

BMW launches electric car locally, wants taxpayers to foot $10,000 of its $64,000 price.

The first BMW electric car has gone on sale in Australia today — but the German car maker wants Australian taxpayers to cover $10,000 of its $64,000 price, and ev More

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How to Get a BMW i3 Electric Car for Just $18 a Month: Use Teslanomics

Automakers are always trying to find new ways to make their cars look cheaper to buy — and Tesla is no exception. But what happens when you take other plug-in cars and use the same Tesla logic to advertise them?
Scared off by high BMW i3 lease prices? Teslanomics will make them seem far better!

Scared off by high BMW i3 lease prices? Teslanomics will make them seem far better!

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Automakers are always trying to find new ways to make their cars look cheaper to buy — and Tesla is no exception. But what happens when you take other plug-in cars and use the same Tesla logic to advertise them?
Scared off by high BMW i3 lease prices? Teslanomics will make them seem far better!

Scared off by high BMW i3 lease prices? Teslanomics will make them seem far better!

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BMW’s Electric i3 Guides You to Charging Stations

Previously on “Where Do I Charge My Electric Car?”, ChargePoint CEO Pat Romano explained the inner workings of his company. ChargePoint has a 70% share of all networked public charging stations, and operates on four continents.

Our roving reporter Rex Moore was at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and talked with ChargePoint CEO Pat Romano. In this video, Romano demons More

Previously on “Where Do I Charge My Electric Car?”, ChargePoint CEO Pat Romano explained the inner workings of his company. ChargePoint has a 70% share of all networked public charging stations, and operates on four continents.

Our roving reporter Rex Moore was at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and talked with ChargePoint CEO Pat Romano. In this video, Romano demons More

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