Today we get the first informaion on the optional range-extending engine, a feature which should become available in the near future for the BMW i3. This engine is very likely to be a two-cylinder gasoline unit borrowed from BMW Motorrad.
Thanks to the additional powertrain, BMW i3′s driving range should be extended from 161 km to 300 km.
This new feature will eliminate the problem of electric vehicles, namely the short driving range.
For now, details are limited but we expect to see the new German electric vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
At the same stand we will find a concept version called BMW i3 Concept Coupe but also the BMW i8 Concept Spyder, the open-top version of the i8 sports car.
“What’s more, the system informs the driver how long it will take to charge the vehicle for the return journey or to travel to a further destination,” says BMW in the official press release.