BMW is killing i3’s gas range extender feature in Europe due to battery pack upgrade
In a recently released statement via Autocar magazine, German automaker BMW has revealed that it is discontinuing the optional gas range extender feature of the BMW i3 all-electric car in Europe. The statement implies that only the ‘pure-electric version’ of the i3 will be available in Europe in the near future, without the optional gas generator which acts as a range extender.
In disclosing that the i3 electric car’s gas range extender feature is being killed in Europe, BMW said that the reason behind the move is that the new, September-unveiled 42.2 kWh battery pack upgrade for the vehicle has made the range extender irrelevant.
The new i3 battery pack upgrade, to be introduced by BMW in the forthcoming 2019 version of the i3, has increased the driving range of the vehicle to ‘over 160 miles’ (260 km). The increased battery range is apparently killing the demand for the gas range extender in Europe
Therefore, in its recent statement, BMW said that “the Range Extender i3 will cease production,” and further explained: “With the gains in pure-electric range, together with the increasing availability of rapid charging facilities we believe the customer demand is shifting to a pure-electric model.”
However, in revealing that the i3’s optional gas range extender is being killed in Europe, BMW also said alongside that the feature will still continue to be offered for the i3 in North America and Japan.
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