We are now going to see another city car, in the same category as the Renault Zoé or the Peugeot e-208: the BMW i3.
THE FEATURES AND SERVICES OF THE BMW i3
As far as the engine is concerned, the car is equipped with a 125 kW (170 hp) engine, which is more powerful than those of the Renault and Peugeot city cars. This gives the car a top speed of 150 km/h and a time of 7.3 seconds to exceed 100 km/h, which is very good performance for a city car.
The manufacturer BMW offers many possible customizations for this electric car. Indeed, in addition to choosing from among the many interior and exterior colours and finishes, the new buyer will have to choose different packages, each costing between 600 and 1,200 euros. While the Sport pack will offer better performance, another pack will provide intelligent LED lights that reduce energy consumption and improve visibility. Then both packs will be available for advanced parking assistance, including automatic slotting and improved safety. Indeed, in the last pack, there is a collision warning system and an intelligent cruise control allowing to respect safety distances and in particular in traffic jams to stop and restart automatically.
In addition to these packages, the BMW i3 has a remote locking, temperature control and charging system as well as an optional heat pump.
All these options are also available in other electric cars depending on their version.
AUTONOMY AND CHARGING OF THE BMW i3
The electric car has a 42 kWh battery that allows a WLTP range of 310 km, which is respectively 30 and 80 km less than the Peugeot e-206 and the Renault Zoé. This is due to the capacity of the battery but also to the fact that the car is more sporty.
Different means of loading are possible for this vehicle.
At home, the mode 2 cable will be used to recharge your vehicle at home in 15h45 and also to connect it to a possible WallBox at a cost of 1000 euros. With this terminal, and depending on the cable (a 22kW cable instead of 7kW can be purchased as an option), recharging will be done in a few hours.
Recharging at public charging stations will also be possible, in particular at BMW’s partner ChargeNow. These are equivalent to the WallBox, but deliver more or less charging power. Charging time will therefore also be a few hours.
Finally, quick-charging bollards can be used, but the charging power will be limited to 50 kW by the vehicle, as is the case with the Renault Zoé. However, this will force the driver to wait 45 minutes for recharging, instead of 30 minutes for the Peugeot e-208.
HOW DOES THE BMW i3 SITUATE IN RELATION TO ITS COMPETITORS?
So we have seen that the BMW is more powerful than the Zoé and the e-208 but also less autonomous. It will therefore appeal to buyers who want a car that’s powerful enough and also classy enough. You’ll also have to add less money to the base price of the car in order to have access to the technological options. However, its trunk is relatively small.
The starting price of the BMW i3 is 40,000 euros, more than 8,000 euros more than the other two city cars. This price can go up to more than 45,000 euros with the different packages.
The BMW i3 in a nutshell
- A range of 310 km.
- A price starting from 40000 euros.
- Charging in 4.5 hours at home and in 45 minutes on the 100 kW fast charging stations.
- A use for urban journeys.