0 % Emissions, 100 % Driving Pleasure



Developed for electromobility – drive train and technology in the BMW i3.

Few things are as captivating as the aura of a new era. Where not long ago there was engine noise, now the power is put down almost silently. Suddenly, downtown dynamics become far more relaxed. Because BMW i has systematically reshaped electric mobility in a new and sustainable way. The BMW i3, for example, is the first car to be developed entirely for electric driving.

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0 % EMISSIONS, 100 % DRIVING PLEASURE.Developed for electromobility – drive train and technology in the BMW i3.


The finest form of pleasure is spontaneous pleasure – as spontaneous as the all-electric BMW eDrive system. As you move off in the BMW i3, just dipping the accelerator is enough to deploy full torque and pull away powerfully in near silence. And by the way: the same pedal also lets you brake, because the moment you lift off the accelerator, you feel the car start to brake. That’s because your BMW i3 is recovering the available kinetic energy and using it to charge the battery. This “one-pedal feeling”, as we call this innovation, not only enables you to experience driving like never before, but also extends your driving range.

A completely new driving experience.

The fully electric drive train of the BMW i3.

  • BMW eDrive: dynamic from a standing start
  • Power consumption: electrically efficient


Range Extender

Extends driving pleasure: the optional Range Extender is located next to the electric motor in the rear of the BMW i3 and can increase the range of the BMW i3 (94 Ah) in COMFORT Mode from up to 180 km to a total of 330 km. The small and quiet two-cylinder petrol engine powers a generator that maintains the charge level of the high-voltage battery at a constant level so that the BMW i3 can continue to drive purely electrically. The Range Extender switches on automatically when the battery level is low.


Shaping the new era of electric mobility in the long term meant going back to the drawing board. One of the biggest challenges with this was how to compensate for the weight of the high-voltage battery. So we divided the vehicle architecture into two separate sections. First, there is the lower Drive module, which is made with aluminium and contains all parts related to the gears, the drive system and the battery. Second, above this, is the Life module, providing plenty of space for people in the car. Featuring the first series-production passenger cell made with strong, ultra-light carbon, the BMW i3 has a lower weight and a lower centre of gravity – simultaneously offering enhanced safety and agility.


The production of the BMW i3.

  • Life module
  • Drive module


The benefits.

CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced plastic) is a highly resilient composite made of carbon fibres and a matrix of plastic. It is approximately 30 per cent lighter than aluminium and 50 per cent lighter than steel.
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The production. Step 1.

In collaboration with SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers, the BMW Group produces the carbon fibres itself. After more than ten years of research and development work, it is now possible to deploy the material in large-scale automobile construction for the first time.
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The production. Step 2.

The spun fibres are woven into mats and soaked in special resins.
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The production. Step 3.

They are then baked to form rigid elements – the body components.
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The production. Step 4.

In the next step, a specially developed, fully automated adhesive procedure cements the body components together.
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The result.

Using carbon results in higher stability of the body and greater safety for the vehicle occupants. Maximum stiffness permits faster acceleration as well as improved agility and roadholding, the lower weight reduces fuel consumption.
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Driver assistance systems

A variety of innovative driver assistance systems in the BMW i3 not only makes driving a pleasure but also ensures worry-free parking. With the Driving Assistant Plus package, the BMW i3 will warn you about collisions and is able to automatically maintain speed and distance in city traffic and traffic jams. In motorway tailbacks, the traffic jam assistant even partially takes over steering duties. The Parking assistant makes child's play of parking – fully autonomously, if desired.

  • Driving Assistant Plus
  • Parking assistant package

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

  • Power consumption and CO2 emissions for the BMW i3 (94 Ah):
    Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 0
    CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 0
    Power consumption in kWh/100 km: 12.6* / 13.1**

    Power consumption and CO2 emissions for the BMW i3 (94 Ah) with Range Extender:
    CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 12* / 13**
    Power consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 11.3* / 11.9**
    Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 0.6

    * Wheels cluster 1: 19‘‘ wheels

    ** Wheels cluster 2: 20“ wheels; winter tyres

    The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption depend on the wheel and tyre sizes selected.

    The driving range depends on a variety of factors, especially: personal driving behaviour, selected route, weather conditions, usage of heating/cooling and preconditioning.

    Further information about the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions for new passenger automobiles can be found in the 'New Passenger Vehicle Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emission 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.