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An EV gets an upgrade. Again. Welcome to the new era.

The 2017 BMW i3 will get a new, more energy dense battery that offers 114 miles of EV range, while staying the same size as the earlier pack.

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Following a complaint from Consumer Reports, BMW has issued a software upgrade to the range-extended i3 model that alerts the driver of a low state of charge that could affect the vehicle's acceleration.

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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 drawback – at least for the moment.