The German based automaker BMW has recently announced its plans to offer a range extending engine for the i3, which will transform the electric vehicle into a plug-in hybrid.
BMW has big plans for its future models and it seems that the final production version of the i3, in its five-door body style at least, will get a range extender. The announcement has been made by Herbert Diess, who has spoken to Automotive News, and said that the model will get a two-cylinder motorcycle engine under its hood which will act as a generator and recharge the vehicle’s batteries. The total range of the i3 should increase to 402 km (250 miles).
This is a huge improvement considering the fact that the standard i3 can only travel up to 160 km (100 miles). According to Herbert Diess, the range extender will count for over 50 percent of the i3 sales at the beginning and then it will stabilize at approximately 20 percent. Additional details on the BMW i3 range extender remain unknown for the moment and will probably be announced close to the model’s debut.
Source: Automotive News