With the market for electric vehicles growing exponentially, people have started wondering when, not if, other big players will be making their way to the industry. While most companies like Mercedes, Toyota, Audi, and Honda were already there, many wondered when BMW’s EV would make it to the scene. Lo and behold, BMW finally makes its grand entrance with the i3, a futuristic car with an incredible design and even better features.
Overlook of Features
The BMW i3 has remained more or less the same since its initial release in 2013. But as that model was lackluster, to say the least, we don’t really talk about it. Since its initial release, the design of the i3 stayed the same with a few minor tweaks. That said, its most significant changes come under the hood, giving the i3 a real return to form. Here are some of the features that come with the BMW i3.
- High Capacity and Incredible Range: the i3 comes with a high capacity battery that can take you where you want to go. The battery carries a capacity of 33kWh, which translates to over 175 miles, depending on how you drive.
- Quiet Despite fast Speed: One of the best featuresto come with dedicated electric cars is that they’re quiet, too quiet. The BMW is no different, but it is especially impressive when you don’t hear as much as a whisper from this beautiful machine as you reach 100mph max speed.
- Customizable Regenerative Braking: Another great thing that the BMW i3 comes with is regenerative braking. Now regenerative braking is by no means unique here, but your ability to switch up the intensity of the regenerative breaking certainly is great. You can completely turn off the regenerative braking, or you can make it your primary way of bringing your car to a stop.
- Comfortable and Fashionable Interior: The interior is also a very strong point of the BMW i3. It’s big and roomy and ensures that you have just enough space to sit comfortably. As for the interior features, they are all useful but not gimmicky at all. The standard also comes with many high-level features that you wouldn’t expect from a standard EV.
- Fast Charging: other than the incredible range, the BMW i3 also comes with very impressive charging capabilities. One of the best parts about the charging socket is that it performs extra well with the BMW charger, which can take in at least 11kW. Within three hours, the i3 can have about 112 miles worth of range ready.
- Back Wheel Drive: unlike most EVs currently available for purchase, the BMW i3 comes equipped with a back wheel drive. Whereas other electric cars come with a motor that powers the front wheels, the motor in the i3 powers the back wheels. This means that the driving experience is a lot similar to regular combustion engine cars.
The Incredible Come Back: BMW i3 (2013) vs. BMW i3 (2018)
While many were impatient for the release of BMW all-electric Sedan, many didn’t know that they already had one: the BMW i3. Releasing all the way back in 2013, the i3 was directly competing with the Nissan Leaf and the Renault Zoe. It was very impressive for its time, and many of the features that came with the 2013 version still permeate with the current model. But the differences really do come from a functional point of view, rather than an aesthetic one. Let’s look at some of the differences that come with the BMW i3 2013 version and the 2018 version.
The first major change that comes between the old and new versions is range. Now, this may not come as a surprise to many of you, especially seeing how every yearly iteration tried something new and different with the i3.
However, cutting out all of the other iterations of the i3 from the equation, it is very clear that BMW has tried to make this car compete with regular engine cars. The 2013 variant was able to produce 80 miles on a good day without having to use any extra features. Now, the i3 can provide an incredible 175 miles when fully charged.
Of course, with five years between both i3 versions, some aesthetic changes were obvious. Although subtle, the changes between the 2013 and 2018 versionsshow off the redesigned front bumper, slimmer LED headlights, and a completely black roof.
The black roof is a nice touch to the overall design, as it matches the different color schemes that come with this beautiful car.
There have also been a handful of additions to the list of features that the i3 comes with. The newer version comes with DAB digital radio, satellite tracking, and parking sensors, which make this particular version of the i3 amazing to park. These features greatly improve the driving experience, especially throughout cities.Despite the increase in the list of features, buttons on the dashboard are fewer than ever. But thanks to the new infotainment display, you can control most of the features of the i3 straight from that screen. It will reduce much of the tedium that comes with buttons occupying your dashboard. Instead, the i3 2018 version has a sleek and very subdued dashboard.
The best in EVs: The BMW i3
Even though it was one of the first electric vehicles of its time, the BMW i3 failed to gather much traction it’s way. The max range of just 80 miles and the plethora of gimmicky features kept this car from reaching its fullest potential in the year 2013.
But with the 2018 redesign, people found the i3 to be one of the finest cars that one could buy. The improved range, along with a handful of different features, hit the sweetspot that most customers were really looking for. In conclusion, the BMW i3 is one of the biggest and best comebacks in recent history.