Emission-free drive for urban mobility.

Redefining mobility means thinking far beyond environmentally conscious and agile driving. The innovative BMW eDrive power system is not only locally emission-free and offers incomparable driving pleasure; it is also a relaxing and near-silent driving experience.

BMW eDrive

BMW eDrive is an innovative new development in the scope of the BMW EfficientDynamics technology. The impressively agile electric motor developed by BMW in conjunction with the lithium-ion high-voltage battery and intelligent energy management provides driving enjoyment and efficiency in every situation. The BMW i3 flawlessly fulfils the requirements of city driving while simultaneously allowing convenient overland trips without concern about the range.

  • The electric motor of the BMW i3 was designed for use in city traffic and provides 125 kW/170 hp with a torque of 250 Nm. The full torque, which is typical for electric motors, is immediately available from a standstill and does not need to be built up first via the engine speed, as is the case with combustion engines. This gives the BMW i3 particularly high agility in every situation and impressive acceleration values: the BMW i3 accelerates from 0 to 60 km/h in under 4 seconds and to 100 km/h in only 7.2 seconds (7.9 seconds in the version with Range Extender). Equally impressive: the near-silent driving experience.

  • The energy supply for the drive, as well as all other vehicle functions, is provided by a specially developed lithium-ion high-voltage battery, which again sets new standards in terms of energy efficiency. The intelligent heating/cooling system of the high-voltage battery ensures that energy performance (and thus the vehicle’s range) is less affected by temperature fluctuations than it normally is with batteries of this type; thus, this makes a significant contribution to both the performance and service life of the cells. An 8-year warranty or 100,000 miles is given for the high-voltage battery.

    Via the supplied charging cable, the battery is already charged for 80 % capacity in 6 to 8 hours.* The charging duration can be reduced by approx. 30 % with the optionally available Wallbox Pure.

    * Based on 16 A current

  • To allow for an optimal range in every driving situation, during the development of the BMW i3 particular emphasis was placed on low energy consumption of the electrical components. For example, the interior heating system saves up to 30 % of electricity compared to a conventional electric heating system. Energy-saving LEDs are used for the interior lighting and are also available as an option for the exterior lighting.

    In addition, the E-drive offers the possibility of braking via the accelerator pedal. If the driver takes his foot off the accelerator pedal, the electric motor assumes the function of a generator and feeds the energy gained from the motion of the wheels back into the high-voltage battery. This so-called energy recuperation generates a braking torque which leads to an effective deceleration of the vehicle and pays off in terms of energy savings for especially foresighted driving styles.

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With its high-torque electric motor, the BMW i3 pulls away majestically, effortlessly leaving behind more powerful vehicles over the initial metres.

The BMW i3 glides near-silently through city traffic. With its high torque, rear-wheel drive and tight turning circle, it is also particularly agile.

Technical data


Innovative driving pleasure: the combination of high-performance electric motor, which provides for impressive acceleration values with an enormous torque, the particularly low centre of gravity and an ideal weight distribution leads to a fascinatingly agile driving experience.

The high torque of the electric motor is available over a very large speed range thus facilitating a very homogenous delivery of electricity. The single-stage transmission provides an optimal transfer of electricity to the rear wheels and accelerates the BMW i3 by means of electronic control evenly and without loss of power up to 150 km/h.


The BMW i3


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The range of the BMW i3.

In recent years, test customers have driven over 20 million km with electric vehicles of the BMW Group. The wealth of experience from this flowed into the development of the BMW i3 drive system, in which the typical commuter operation required a recharging of the high-voltage battery only every two to three days – as the BMW i3 has a range of up to 160 km* range, this is more than sufficient for everyday operation. For the BMW i3 with Range Extender, a range up to 300 km* is possible. The dynamic range display shows destinations that can be reached directly in the form of a vicinity outline; depending on the destination, the Range Assistant recommends switching to the ECO PRO driving mode in order to increase the electric range by about 30 %.* And if a longer journey is desired or necessary, BMW Add-on Mobility allows the driver to switch to a BMW with conventional drive.

* Determined in internal BMW consumption studies. The driving range depends on a variety of factors, especially: personal driving behaviour, selected route, weather conditions, usage of heating/cooling and preconditioning.

  • In the sporty COMFORT standard setting, the range of a BMW i3 is already up to 160 km*. In the ECO PRO mode, which operates with the adapted accelerator pedal characteristic curve and demands less power, the possible distance travelled increases by up to 20 km.* The ECO PRO+ mode is specifically orientated for range. For this reason, the highest speed of the BMW i3 is reduced to 90 km/h in this mode, and energy consumers such as heating and air conditioning system are switched to an energy-saving mode. Thus, when compared to the COMFORT mode, the possible action radius is increased by up to 40 km.*

    * Determined in internal BMW consumption studies. The driving range depends on a variety of factors, especially: personal driving behaviour, selected route, weather conditions, usage of heating/cooling and preconditioning.

  • If longer distances that lie outside of the maximum range of the BMW i3 are necessary, for example, when going on holiday, BMW Add-on Mobility makes the use of a conventionally driven BMW possible (available at your BMW i Partner). You simply arrange a fixed quota of days with your BMW i Partner and a specific time period in which the vehicle is be available to you. For more information about BMW Add-on Mobility, please contact your BMW i Service Partner.

Range Extender

With a range of up to160 km* in the standard COMFORT driving mode, the BMW i3 largely covers the majority of driving demands for a typical commuter driving style. If a regular use of the BMW i3 over longer distances is desired, an optional Range Extender (REx) for the BMW i3 makes an increase of the range up to 300 km possible.* The Range Extender REx is a small, very smooth-running and quiet combustion engine which runs on normal petrol. This motor drives a generator which in turn charges the high-voltage battery so that the vehicle can continue to drive electrically.

* Determined in internal BMW consumption studies. The driving range depends on a variety of factors, especially: personal driving behavior, selected route, weather conditions, usage of heating/cooling and preconditioning.

  • Figures for the fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and energy consumption of the models mentioned:
    BMW i3: Combined energy consumption: 12.9 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km
    BMW i3 with Range Extender: Combined energy consumption: 13.5 kWh/100 km; combined fuel consumption: 0.6 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 13 g/km

    Further information about the official energy and fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions for new passenger automobiles can be found in the "New Passenger Vehicle Fuel Consumption, CO2 Emission And Electric Power Consumption Guidelines", which are available free of charge at all sales outlets and from DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern, Germany. The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, energy consumption and efficiency class apply in connection with the wheel and tyre size selected. The figures are not based on an individual vehicle and do not constitute part of the product offer; they are provided solely for the purposes of comparison between different vehicle types. CO2 emissions caused by the production and provision of fuel or other energy sources are not taken into account in the determination of CO2 emissions pursuant to Directive 1999/94/EC.

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