BMW i3 News

  • 2019 BMW i3

    BMW isn't willing to give up on the i3 yet. Another battery upgrade could help keep this uber-stylish city car relevant for road trips as well as in the city.

  • 2018 BMW i3
    2018 BMW i3 recalled for circuit-board issue causing sudden shutdowns

    Just 159 examples of the 2018 BMW i3 electric-car range-extended EV are being recalled for an issue in which the car could suddenly lose power and shut down.

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    Porsche already has a prototype that will charge faster than its 350-kw Taycan

    The Porsche Taycan, when it arrives toward the end of 2019, will likely have the quickest, highest-power DC fast charging of any production vehicle. But Porsche apparently is already setting its sights higher. Yesterday, as part of a research consortium that includes BMW, it presented a prototype...

  • Chevrolet Bolt EV being charged outside Go Forth electric-car showroom, Portland   [photo: Forth]
    Nothing comes close to Tesla: 2018 Q3 plug-in sales

    Even with solid increases, other electric-car sales paled in comparison with numbers from Tesla in September and for the third quarter of 2018. The next highest sellers, were the Chevrolet Bolt EV, with 3,949 sales from July to September, and the Nissan Leaf just behind with 3,767 for the quarter...

  • 2019 BMW i3
    2019 BMW i3 to get bigger battery with 153-mile range

    The 2019 BMW i3 will get a larger battery, good for 153 miles of range, up from 115 miles for the 2018 model, the automaker announced Friday. BMW refers to the new battery in the 2019 model as the 120 amp-hour battery, which delivers total energy storage of 42.2 kilowatt-hours with the i3's...

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf
    Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, VW e-Golf compared to Renault Zoe: what UK test reveals

    British magazine Auto Express has conducted a full, head-to-head comparison test of the new Leaf with its most direct competitors: the Volkswagen eGolf, BMW i3s, and the European Renault Zoe

  • 2017 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car     [photo: Chris Neff]

    How badly do you want to buy a BMW i3 electric car? Initially, it looked like you'd have to move to areas of California where Southern California Edison would be your electric utility. But soon enough, those areas expanded to other parts of California, some areas of New Jersey where PSE&G provides power, and now even other parts of the Mid-Atlantic region. DON'T MISS: How to buy or lease an electric car: advice from owner who's done it four times A program offered through April 30 gives PSE&G (New Jersey) and SCE (California) residential customers and employees $10,000 off the...

  • 2018 BMW i3s
    2018 BMW i3s first drive review: sportier and nearly as efficient

    BMW's Test Fest in Palm Springs, California, at The Thermal Club attracts a broad range of cars. The star of the show is the 600-horsepower 2018 BMW M5. But before I can test that wild sport sedan on the track, I’ll do my best to balance my carbon footprint in the new 2018 BMW i3s. BMW has...

  • 2017 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car     [photo: Chris Neff]
    Today's BMW i3 to evolve into lower-tech, higher-volume 2022 BMW iX1 SUV: report

    Model naming conventions that are clear, consistent, and easy to understand across decades are a crucial part of explaining a vehicle lineup to buyers. By and large, German makers are good at arraying their lineups of sedans (and now SUVs) in "series" or "classes" that run from smallest to largest...

  • 2018 BMW i3s
    2018 BMW i3s: range, efficiency lower for sportier model of electric car

    As a given generation of any vehicle ages, German companies in particular often spice up the allure of the aging car with new and sportier versions. Porsche is a master at rolling out new versions of its models across the entire life of a generation, but BMW has learned the trick too. Thus in the...

  • 2017 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car     [photo: Chris Neff]
    2017 BMW i3 REx: drive review of range-extended electric car

    When the history of modern electric cars is written, the BMW i3 will likely go down as something of an anomaly. Its carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body shell, aluminum underpinnings, and battery-electric powertrain with an optional range extender are a combination not offered by any other maker...

  • 2018 BMW i3 and i3s
    BMW i3 electric car sales stopped, future recall announced for specific safety concern (updated)

    An obscure safety issue has led to a halt in sales of the BMW i3 electric car until further notice. The German maker announced a recall for every single i3 sold in the United States, covering 30,542 cars from the 2014 to 2018 model year. The safety issue that led to the recall and stop-sale follows...

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf

    Almost seven years after modern electric cars entered the mass market, there are now more than two dozen battery-electric and plug-in hybrid models on sale in the U.S. But that impressive number shouldn't disguise a fundamental truth about those vehicles: only about half of them are widely available nationwide. Those include the BMW i3 electric car and i8 plug-in hybrid coupe, the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Volt plug-in hybrid, Nissan Leaf, and Tesla Model S and Model X. DON'T MISS: U.S. plug-in electric car sales for Sep: Bolt EV hits new monthly high That's better than the number in mid-2014...

  • 2015 BMW i3 REx  -  Driven, Portland OR, April 2015
    BMW i3 electric car quirk: no AM radio offered, but why? (update)

    The BMW i3 electric car is a tour de force of advanced engineering--and it was the most energy-efficient car sold in the U.S. in 2014 and 2015. Its body shell is made of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic, riding on an aluminum platform containing the lithium-ion battery, the electric motor, and the...

  • 2017 Nissan Leaf
    2017 electric cars with more than 100 miles of range (updated)

    These are the 2017 electric cars with more than 100 miles of range.

  • 2018 BMW i3 and i3s
    2018 BMW i3 electric car range adds sportier i3s version

    While the 2018 BMW i3 will formally debut next week at the Frankfurt auto show, the company has released details ahead of time on the updates to the lineup of its compact electric car. While battery range stays the same as last year, a new i3s model (for Sport) has been added, with revised...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier and 2017 BMW i3 electric car, Aug 2017        [photo: Tom Moloughney]
    Chevy Bolt EV reviewed by BMW i3 driver: electric cars compared

    Owners of specific electric cars sometimes tend to become boosters and fans for their particular EV as well as plugging in to drive in general. So it was with Tom Moloughney, whose purchase of the very first 2014 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car in the U.S. he wrote about for us three years...

  • 2017 Nissan Leaf
    San Diego utility offers $10,000 off Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 electric cars

    For southern California residents, it's an excellent time to start considering the purchase of a BMW i3 or Nissan Leaf electric car. San Diego Gas & Electric has joined a host of other utility companies in the state in offering incentives towards the purchase of an i3 or a Leaf. In total, the...

  • 2014 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car at 3 years   [photo: owner Tom Moloughney]

    This week, my 2014 i3 REx turned three years old; I picked it up on May 21, 2014. For the most part I’ve been very pleased with the car. It’s definitely not perfect, but then again no car is. It has fit my needs and driving demands perfectly and I only needed to drive on the range extender for about 2,700 of the 71,000 miles that I've driven the car. When the i3 first launched, I was disappointed that the EPA range for the BEV was only 81 miles per charge. I had really expected BMW to deliver the i3 with 100 miles of range right from the start. DON'T MISS: 2014 BMW i3 REx...

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    What IS 'one-pedal driving' in an electric car?

    One-pedal driving is rather like the experience of owning an electric car: it can be hard to appreciate until you've spend time doing it. The phrase "one-pedal driving" refers to the ability of some electric cars to be driven almost entirely with the accelerator pedal alone. It's a feature much...

  • 2016 Audi A3 e-Tron Sportback, San Francisco Bay Area, Oct 2015
    After Audi e-tron, next electric car to be compact BMW i3 competitor

    Next year, the Audi e-tron luxury electric crossover is expected to arrive at U.S. dealers, bringing Audi into direct competition with the Tesla Model X roughly three years after the world's first all-electric utility vehicle went into production. But with a pledge to sell 25 percent of its cars...

  • Section of 2018 BMW i3 spy shot  [image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien, as used on Motor Authority]
    2018 BMW i3 preview (including battery rumors)

    This year's updated BMW i3 electric car is only just arriving at U.S. dealerships after a battery-capacity boost that gives it longer range. But already some details of the 2018 BMW i3 have leaked out, in the form of spy photos and further rumors about more battery capacity yet. Unlike our usual...

  • 2017 BMW i3
    BMW i3 plug-in hybrid recall to fix fuel-vapor problem, fire concerns

    BMW is recalling more than 19,000 i3 REx extended-range electric cars due to concerns over the potential for fires to be started by fuel vapors. The REx uses a small gasoline engine to charge its battery pack, offering a longer range than the all-electric i3 when both gasoline and electric power...

  • 2017 Tesla Model S
    BMW i3, Tesla Model S electric cars miss top IIHS safety ratings

    Two of the most prominent electric cars have missed out on the highest award given for vehicle safety by the influential IIHS: Top Safety Pick+. Funded by the insurance industry, the IIHS—which operates independently of the federal government—says that neither the BMW i3 nor the Tesla...

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