Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says that a new compact car in Japan will get the e-Power system, which is a range extender for an EV.
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.
Think of the BMW i3's gas-powered range-extender as akin to driving around with a middle linebacker in the back seat. Except that football player will have a hard time pushing the car 60 miles or so once the battery runs out. Thankfully, he won't prevent you from getting a nifty tax credit either, according to BMWBlog, which isn't affiliated with the company.