Last month, confirming that the next BMW i model will be all-electric, BMW AG CEO Harald Krueger reportedly also revealed that the BMW i3 is set to receive an upgrade in 2016 that will increase its driving range. Now a report from Autocar has revealed some more details about this upgrade. According to the report, the new 2016 BMW i3/2017 BMW i3 will feature a new lithium-ion battery pack, albeit with the same 22 kWh (18.7 kWh usable) capacity as the current one’s.
The new battery pack is claimed to offer a range of 124 miles (200 km), as per the report. The current German-spec BMW i3 has a range of up to 160 km and the i3 with Range Extender does offer a range of up to 300 km though. The new model will also feature an upgraded electronics package that includes new software mapping for the battery cooling system and the electric motor.
The new battery pack will be introduced in both the standard BMW i3 as well as the BMW i3 Range Extender or the BMW i3 REx as we know it informally. The German automaker hasn’t forgotten its existing customers and so, it will offer the revised battery pack to them too, as a paid, retro-fit option.