The 2016 BMW i3
The BMW i3 is an electric car which has been on sale since 2013. So even with its hi-tech features that which not only lasted three years, but can still be seen as cutting edge, what are BMW doing to update the car for 2016?
So, the i3 is one of the most fuel efficient car available to buy now. Not only that though, it has also been the best selling electric car in the US for the last three years in a row. Then why, at this moment in time, does it really need an update? Well BMW seem to think it does as competition has recently arisen through the Nissan Leaf.
The changes are massive… well there is not a single change at all other than the battery. This is the only department that the i3 is struggling with in comparison to its rivals. At the moment, the car features a battery which only has the capacity to drive 81 miles although with an extender, this range does increase. So the range is very poor but when the battery starts to dilapidate, then so does the cars ability to perform. Speed and acceleration are both severely affected when the battery starts running low so this update is definitely needed.
So with an updated battery then expect the sales of the i3 to increase even more. Battery power and technology is evolving very quickly and BMW are at the forefront of this technological advancement. BMW CEO Harald Krueger argues that ‘the range of the i3 will be increased in 2016. A further technological improvement is to be expected in three or four years: Then you’ll be able to go twice as far on a single charge without any further increase in the weight of the battery.’
It most certainly seems like a sound strategy on behalf of BMW. If it isn’t broken then don’t fix it, or whatever is broke, fix that and see the rewards. But, the only problem with the updated battery for the 2016 i3 model is, what happens to those with the 2013 model? Will they be able to purchase a replacement battery or not? Let’s wait and see…
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