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2017 BMW i3: the Future is Coming to Ottawa

Published on August 04 2016

When BMW unveiled its i3 electric car a few years ago, the automotive industry as a whole was surprised.

When BMW unveiled its i3 electric car a few years ago, the automotive industry as a whole was surprised. After all, in 2013, the popularity of electric vehicles was not what it is today. And even if it’s really only been 3 years, the popularity and especially the importance of EVs has increased exponentially.


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For 2017, BMW is preparing a new i3 with several improvements on the technology front that make the car even more appealing. Offering more range thanks to a larger battery, the 2017 i3 will also be able to travel a greater distance globally when equipped with BMW’s optional range extender.

First, the battery of the 2017 BMW i3 which goes on sale this fall in Ottawa increases from 22 kWh to 33 kWh, an increase of 50 percent which results in 183 km or range compared to 130.

Then the fuel tank which powers the range extender - a small, 38-horsepower twin-cylinder engine - can now hold 2.4 gallons and can therefore allow the i3 to travel a greater distance even if the battery is dead. It is interesting to note that the tank itself is not bigger. The increased capacity is instead the result of the more powerful battery which allows more fuel to be used. This means that in total, the 2017 BMW i3 with the range extender can travel up to 350 km.

According to preliminary information, it appears that it will be possible to opt for the 22 kWh battery in the 2017 BMW i3.


The 2017 BMW i3 Will be Like Nothing You Have Driven Before


If you have never driven a BMW i3, know that the German electric car behaves like a normal car, but that it is also completely unique. On the road, accelerations are instantaneous thanks to the electric motor’s torque which is delivered instantly. The car therefore reacts immediately to driver inputs.

Steering is direct and handling is impressive. Comfort is also pretty spectacular and makes the owner feel like he or she is truly in a luxury vehicle. In short, when we are behind the wheel of the BMW i3, we know we are driving something very special, but the ride is on the whole identical to a conventional car. On the other hand, the 2017 BMW i3 truly shines when it comes to materials and the quality of its interior.

Designed using eco-friendly materials, the cockpit is different from anything found elsewhere in the industry. The interior is particularly spacious, both in terms of actual dimensions and feel.

To learn more about the 2017 BMW i3, contact us at Elite BMW today, official dealer of the BMW i brand in Ottawa!

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