2017 BMW i3 with Range Extender Tested: Power Ranger

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BMW is pulling a page from Tesla’s playbook and offering the i3 electric car with a larger battery-pack option as part of a 2017 model-year update. While the base BMW i3 uses the same 21.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack as i3s past, a new option increases the battery capacity to 33.2 kWh for $ 2050 and offers an EPA-rated 114 miles of driving range on a full charge—33 miles more than the base model. (Contrary to Tesla’s convention of including the energy capacity of its batteries, in kilowatt-hours, in its cars’ names, BMW chooses to potentially confuse buyers by naming the available batteries based on their ampere-hour ratings. While 60 Ah and 94 Ah look more impressive on paper than 21.6 kWh and 33.2 kWh, you will only see us referring to them as the latter pairing.) READ MORE ››


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