The BMW i3 is a B-Class, high-roof hatchback with an electric powertrain using rear wheel drive via a single-speed transmission and an underfloor Li-ion battery pack and an optional REX (Range-Extending) gasoline engine. The i3 was BMW's first mass-produced zero emissions vehicle and was launched as part of BMW's electric vehicle BMW i sub-brand.
Styled by Richard Kim, the i3 uses a single five-door configuration with bodywork consisting of a passenger module of high strength, ultra-lightweight CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) glued to a lower aluminium module holding the chassis, battery, drive system and powertrain. The bodywork features two smaller clamshell rear-hinged rear doors. The i3 debuted as a concept at 2011 International Motor Show Germany and production began in July 2013 in Leipzig, Germany.
The BMW i3 has won two World Car of the Year Awards, selected as 2014 World Green Car of the Year and also as 2014 World Car Design of the Year. The i3 received an iF Product Design Gold Award, and won both UK Car of the Year 2014 and Best Supermini of 2014 in the first UK Car of the Year Awards.
The BMW i3 from 2013 till around August 2016 was produced with a 60 Ah battery which powered by Electricity only, had a range of about 72 miles (116 kilometres). In September 2016, it was upgraded with a 94 Ah battery, which with only its batteries gave a range of about 120 miles (193 kilometres). Then in September, 2019, BMW announced a larger 42.2 kWh (120 Ah) battery for the i3, whom they also announced that that the REX model will not go on sale in the UK, Sweden and nor in Malta.
The BMW i3 is an amazing car, easy to drive around towns, fast, environmentally friendly and has a stylish, upmarket interior.