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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.

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