PHOTO CAPTION: BMW i3 electric car will be offered with option gasoline range extender.

BMW to Offer Motorcycle Engine Range-Extender for i3 Electric Car

100 mile range in EV mode is predicted to double with addition of 650cc, twin-cylinder gasoline engine generator.

Published: 21-Apr-2013

BMW is all set to use a motorcycle engine to help it introduce the first model in a radical electric car range.

Officials at the car firm have decided to offer the petrol unit as an option in a bid to allay fears that batteries might not provide a sufficient range for their new i3 city model.

On sale from the end of the year, the first premium five-door hatchback EV is claimed to offer up to 100 miles of emission-free travel for four people and their luggage.


TUM Visio.M light electric car concept seen as starting point for BMW, Daimler light electric car initiative.

In collaboration with Technical University of Munich, BMW and Daimler are working on from-the-ground-up design for lighter, more affordable electric car using concept developed in TUM's Visio.M

BMW Active E lessees can opt to use solar energy to charge their cars.

Company teams up with Real Goods Solar to offer 35% discount on solar panel installation in states where BMW ActiveE is being leased.

BMW i3 city electric car is set to debut in 2013

Purportedly, company is concerned that it won't be able to hits its 100,000 units goal due to lack of charging infrastructure and government incentives.


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