BMW i3 2019 120Ah

Nya BMW i3 har släppts med förbättrat batteri och längre räckvidd. Räckviddsförlängare erbjuds inte längre.

När BMW i3 lanserades första gången 2013 hade den ett 60 Ah 22,6 kWh batteri, varav 18,8 användes. För att förlänga batteritiden använder BMW aldrig full batterikapacitet under en laddningscykel. Den första versionen lovade en räckvidd på 160 km. Med EPAs nya körcykel är 130 km troligen mer rättvisande.

2016 släppte BMW andra generationen med ett 94 Ah 33 kWh batteri. Räckvidden förlängdes med 42% till 185 km.

Den nya 2019-versionen som nu säljs levereras med ett 120 Ah 42,2 kWh batteri. Räckvidden är nu 246 km enligt EPA – nästan dubbelt jämfört med första generationen och 33% mer än andra generationen. Det är nu också klart att räckviddsförlängaren lagts på hyllan och erbjuds inte längre som ett alternativ.

Det är viktigt att förstå de olika räckviddstalen som används i reklam för elbilar. Bilproducenter sätter ett batteri och en elektrisk motor i bilen. Hur långt det går att köra beror sedan på temperatur, vägförhållanden, hastighet, körstil etc. För att översätta kapacitet och effektivitet till räckvidd för olika bilar har olika test cykler tagits fram.

De tre viktigaste testcyklerna är:

BMW har förklarat att gamla generationens i3-ägare inte kommer att kunna ersätta sitt gamla batteri med ett nytt 120 Ah. Det är synd eftersom det är tänkbart att första generationens i3-ägare kan tänka sig spendera pengar för att mer än fördubbla batterikapacitet och räckvidd. Ja, mer än fördubbla eftersom dessa bilar nu börjar bli gamla och batterierna i dem har något lägre kapacitet även om det inte är någon stor reducering.

Med tanke på den förnyade design som nyligen lanserades med i3s så innehåller nya modellen för 2019 inga större designförändringar.

Kostnaden för nya i3 är i Sverige 419 000 SEK. Till det behöver det läggas ytterligare 20 000 SEK för i3s. Alla i3 köpare kan räkna med en bonus på 60 000 SEK i nya bonus/malus-systemet.

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  1. As a 60Ah owner, a 120Ah upgrade would have been an interesting proposition as it would have meant I could keep the Solar Orange.

  2. Let’s hope they sort out Connected Drive so the cars can be reliably charged at the most cost effective time and when demand on the electrical infrastructure is at its lowest. For the past few months we have our car charged the Connected Drive dictates rather than what we choose and the Senior Tech’s have admitted they do not know how to sort this. Let’s also hope the charging facilities in the UK improve and become more reliable, because at this moment there is no way on this earth would I consider buying the BEV version rather than a REX. I think BMW has just added value to our REX in this move. Thank you.

    1. I bought Wifi 16A socket from Aliexpress to optimize charging outside of BMW Connected drive. It has also power meter, so you can compare car consuption vs net consuption. If you are interested, look for ”Broadlink SP3S”.

  3. I must say as a i3 rex 60Ah owner I am very disappointed in how BMW is handling this.
    One of the selling points of the i3 was its modular build and ease of replacing batteries in the future. I guess my next electric will not be a BMW.

    1. Idem here. Totally disappointed, also by the excruciatingly slow move of BMW into EVs, in general. Doubtful if I will buy another BMW ever again. Hopefully, third party battery solutions will emerge in the future to do what BMW was supposed to do, but never delivered…

      1. Dear Gundars,

        I have personally decided that this i3 will be the last car I will ever own. Not because it is bad or because it is BMW but simply because I think I can live without a car. I know it is not the same for all.

        Regarding the ”slow move of BMW into EVs” do you really think they are slower than others? I would have said the opposite.
        Regarding ”no possibility to upgrade”, please read Zsolt’s message of 29 November below . I think he has a point!

    2. I agree I have a 2014 i3 and want to swap out the batteries and this is very disappointing. I too will be moving away from BMW on my next electric car purchase.

  4. The real kilometres are an important and interesting discussion. I have a one year old 94 Ah 33 kWh i3 and the longest trip I have made in France and Belgium on national roads was 280km and commonly reach in mixed driving 230km. I always use Eco-mode and only in emergency switch to Exo+.

  5. I was considering trading in my 1915 I3 REX early in 2019. However there is no way I will buy a non REX I3, and I will stop praising and recommending the I3 to other interested people.
    I have just returned from a day trip of over 300 km and return. I would not consider trying that without the REX for back-up. The charge stations can not be relied on to be working or available for a quick charge.

    1. Hi Geoff,

      I do appreciate your comment. I made the ”leap of trust” by opting not to have the REX in mine and after the (mentally) wobbly beginning, I have actually learned how to use the car quite smoothly. Firstly, if you stay in your destination for about 3 hours or longer, it is already enough to get it back to a sufficient level. Secondly, in places like the Netherlands where the motorway network of fast charging is good and reliable, you can stop for half an hour and get going again: it is actually rarely required to top it up 100%!
      For your information, the consortium of European car manufacturers are rolling out a plan to increase the ”Dutch type” of fast charging stations all over Europe by 2020. Which is actually pretty soon!

      1. I have the 94Ah i3s and have yet to have an issue charging in The Netherlands. The charging network is great and except in some of the more ’remote’ areas you will always have options.

        The biggest problem at your destination is assholes in ICEs blocking the chargers. But since more and moreplaces are handing out fines for that it’s more and more rare to encounter.

        Luckily I lease this car or I would have been extremely pissed at BMW not offiering an upgrade to 120Ah or a possible later battery pack once this one is worn. It really makes no sense to me why they wouldn’t do that. Now they will have to keep producing older packs for 8 years after they sold the last model using it or keep them in stock because of the 8 year warranty. Wouldn’t it be much easier to only produce the latest battery pack?

        Also the margins on cars are really thin these days, if a pack wears out after 8 years or after the 100.000km limit, I don’t see why they couldn; sell a new battery with a margin similar to buying a new car.

        And this after boasting about how modular the car is and how friendly for the environment with all the recycled materials.

        Their strategy makes no sense at all.

  6. I fully understand BMW’s thinking in ditching the Range Extender option in Europe but I have just jumped in quick and bought a
    94ah REx as I have lost confidence in rapid charging on the motorway and fear that CCS chargers will increasingly become blocked by those stepping into an I-Pace, E-tron, Kona, ID etc. Even though I don’t use the REx very often it allows me to stick to my planned schedule come what may. Although I exchanged my old 60ah REx earlier than I planned I have really been surprised at the overall improvement with the LCI car and the handling of the s model puts even more fun into driving this fabulous little car. Sadly, I fear that there will be nothing to replace it.

  7. Where is the ”no uprade option” info coming from, afaik so far it was possible to upgrade the batteries, at least the 60h to 94Ah, it was just to expensive and therefore mostly meaningless, but 60 to 120, or more is already compelling, I guess in a year or max two, we could have a ”real car” with a battery which is nowaday standard in Bolt, new Leaf or Kona. At the moment it is perfect city car but by far not a all-around car.

  8. I have a brand new I3s since a few days. 120Ah sounded promising. But…
    After completely loading and heating, the car promises me 260 km. But after driving 500 meters, it drops to 160. I use the eco mode.
    One day I parked the car with 30kms in the battery. After my meeting, the car said to me I only had 2 km left… not enough to drive a charging point…
    I am very very disappointed.

    1. Roel, you need to go to garage because this is not normal.
      I have seen many many I3s but never encountered a problem like this, so it sure is a problem.
      With your warranty take it to dealer, this is absolutely unreliable.

    2. I have the same car, but nowhere near those kind of issues. Something must be wrong. Contact your dealer.

  9. I have a 60ah i3 and I am sure about upgrading our old battery will be possible. If bmw dealer doesn’t do it, third mechanic trades will do it.
    But I am angry about original bmw wallbox chargers. I had the wallbox pro and was broken after 1 year. NOw i have the wallbox i connect and was broken again.

  10. Do a search for Lion Smart battery for i3, a german company offering 350 miles range with their smart “Light” battery.

    1. Further to my post about Lion Smart company and their 100Kw battery, looking deeper into their website 2 years ago they had 55Kw battery. Now I can only assume that even 2 years ago BMW thought this might be to expensive to put in an already expensive but fantastic little car. By the way I have a late 2014 i3 bev and it has exceeded all my expectations, when I charge overnight on off-peak electric here in the UK it costs me about £1-80 british pounds. This gives me an indicated 112 miles when climate is 16 deg C or above. Regards Richard. I hope someone will contact Lion Smart and find out if these larger batteries will become available, 55Kw, 60Kw would give approx greater than 200 miles which would be more than adequate.

      1. Thanks for all the good information, Richard!
        I have a leasing car, i3 from 2017 and I’m very happy with its performance. It is true, though, that winter (as well as extreme hot) weather reduces dramatically the range.
        Regarding the Lion Smart and BMW, I suppose the only criteria for them to move to a new supplier is not the cost; it must be a very complex decision beyond what the consumer upgrading his i3 has to consider.

  11. Hi guys,

    This guy in Norway have upgraded his 60ah battery to a used 94ah with pure success. Read his story underneath. Story is translated with Google translate. All price references is in Norwegian kroner:

    ”My car has gone over 100 ’km, is 4 years, and my wife has switched workplace within the boom in Oslo. The car no longer went back her job in the winter without charging, which was the requirement when it was bought. The alternative was to change the battery or car. The car is fully equipped and since I like both the color and the ability to test out a battery replacement, the choice was.

    I have not marked the shorter range with the old battery.
    Battery was purchased from hugger (Grønvold) and cost 35000. The new battery had gone 7000 km. Talk to the workshop before purchasing, they may not want to use batteries where the car is damaged.

    I considered switching myself, but after conversation with Bavaria Lillestrøm we agreed that they should do the job.
    Nor had they done this before, so it was tried out for them too. I have several vehicles so some time at the workshop went smoothly.

    The new battery must be opened to read various serial numbers. When opening the battery, have a new cover. In addition, they had to replace an Electronic Memory Management 61278648060 (see ETK.CC) in the battery. The greenhouse gas goes through the battery, so this must be emptied and filled too (NB does not use r134a, but r134yf). In addition, the car must be programmed.

    The workshop price was just under 25000. I got a little addition to the original price due to new EMM, but I didn’t pay for extra dismantling (think they took out the battery an extra time). Anyway, they will be able to give a more accurate price now that they have experience.

    Now I have not sold the old battery yet, it is out to 16000. That is, total remodeling comes at 45-50 ’. Otherwise, the car is as before, except for longer range and therefore I only leave at home for the time being. Very happy.”

  12. very disappointing that the battery in older i3 cannot be upgraded with the new BMW 120 Ah 🙁 I just hope that this will be possible from other companies in the near future. It does not make sense to replace the hole car to get a newer battery.

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