2017 BMW i3
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2017 BMW i3
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2017 BMW i3 rear 3/4 view
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2017 BMW i3 front view
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2017 BMW i3 rear view
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2017 BMW i3 front 3/4 view with i8 behind
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2017 BMW i3 rear 3/4 view on road
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2017 BMW i3 front 3/4 view on road
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2017 BMW i3 rear 3/4 view on road
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2017 BMW i3 front 3/4 view in city
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2017 BMW i3 with battery pack
  • 2017 BMW i3 with battery pack
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2017 BMW i3 with i8
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2017 BMW i3 with i8
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2017 BMW i3 with i8
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2017 BMW i3 plugged in
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2017 BMW i3 plugged in
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2017 BMW i3 interior
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2017 BMW i3 cutaway
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2017 BMW i3 cutaway with battery pack
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2017 BMW i3 cutaway with battery pack
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2017 BMW i3 cutaway with battery pack
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2017 BMW i3 cutaway with battery pack
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2017 BMW i3 cutaway with battery pack
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2017 BMW i3 cutaway with battery pack
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2017 BMWi charging station
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2017 BMWi charging station with red i8
  • 2017 BMWi charging station with red i8
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The BMW said a couple months ago that the i3's battery upgrade for the 2017 model year will give the electric vehicle a 40-percent jump in single-charge range, and it's now official. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has certified that the EV can go 114 miles on a full charge, up from 81 miles for the 2016 model-year version. The new variant comes with a 94-amp-hour battery. The EPA hasn't rated the new Bimmer that comes with the option of the on-board range-extender. BMW announced both the longer range and improved battery in June when it said the car's base price would rise $1,200 to $44,595.

The longer range should further help BMW boost sales of its electric vehicles. Last month, i3 sales in the US jumped 58 percent from a year earlier to almost 1,500 units after being down 35 percent through June. BMW's electric-vehicle sales are doing better than expected worldwide, especially in Europe. More than 40 percent of the 3-series sales last month in both the Netherlands and Scandinavia were for the 330e plug-in hybrid. More than half of Scandinavia's 2-series sales were for the PHEV variant, says Green Car Congress. And July's global sales of the i3 jumped 34 percent.

Looking to the future, BMW is working on something called Project i20 for its upcoming slate of EVs. Under that program, a new EV model is slated to debut as soon as 2021, and it will have "advanced autonomous capability," while greater use of carbon fiber in the model's frame is also in the works. Automobile reports. And that model, which will have powertrain options ranging from 136 horsepower to 247 hp, will be "fully autonomous" by 2025. Additionally, both the i3 and the i8 are likely to be replaced with updated models by 2022.

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