BMW exec confirms a range-extended engine for the i3 - report

 BMW exec confirms a range-extended engine for the i3 - report
BMW i3 prototype with range-extended engine 19.12.2012 / Automedia

Will use a two-cylinder motorcycle engine

BMW has always hinted at the possibility of adding a range-extending engine to the i3 and the company's head of research and development has just confirmed it.

Speaking to Automotive News, Herbert Diess said the model will have a two-cylinder motorcycle engine which will act as a generator to recharge the car's batteries. This should enable the model to have a range of 250 miles (402 km) which is a huge improvement over the standard i3 which can only travel up to 100 miles (160 km).

Diess expects the range-extending engine will account for more than 50 percent of i3s sales at launch, but eventually stabilize at roughly 20 percent. As he explained "I imagine many buyers will order the range extender to cure their range anxiety, discovering later they need it very seldom."

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I wonder which two-cylinder motorcycle engine, the liquid-cooled 85hp 800cc Rotax-BMW parallel-twin of the F800 or the new 125hp 1200cc air/liquid-cooled boxer twin of the 2013 R1200GS? My guess, it's probably the 800cc parallel twin of the F800.
Jan 22, 2013 6:38 am
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i am convinced bmw i is not a real thing
Jan 22, 2013 1:24 am
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I've been in contact with BMW over their i brand, it's real. It's just been such a long time coming, check out this blog it's posted by a guy leasing a BMW ActiveE, he does a great job keeping up to date with BMW i. http://bmwi3.blogspot.com/?m=0
Jan 22, 2013 7:56 am
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