• BMW i3 australia (2)
  • First ever vehicle designed from the ground up for electric mobility
  • The most convincing representation of automotive sustainability
  • 360 ELECTRIC and BMW ConnectedDrive; enhancing electric mobility
  • BMW i3 from $63,900, BMW i3 with range extender from $69,900
  • BMW i specific financial services packages available including GFV
  • Available in select Australian showrooms from November 2014

The Australian public is one step closer to the BMW i experience with BMW Australia today announcing local pricing and on-sale details of the revolutionary and unique BMW i3 electric vehicle.

The BMW i3 has already received worldwide acclaim for its innovative technology, visionary design and holistic approach to sustainability and since launch in overseas markets demand is far out-stripping expectations – as well as production.

According to Phil Horton, managing director of BMW Group Australia, the BMW i3 offering will change the perception of electric mobility in Australia.

“With its revolutionary design, innovative construction and heavy focus on sustainability the BMW i3 in itself is a compelling proposition,’ he said.

“Add to this the innovative mobility services on offer with BMW 360 ELECTRIC and BMW ConnectedDrive and the benefits for the BMW i3 become crystal clear” said Horton.

The BMW i3 is the world’s first premium car designed from the ground up to be powered by an electric drive system. The result is hallmark BMW driving pleasure in undiluted form, delivered with zero emissions and an engaging intensity unmatched by any other electrically powered vehicle.

 

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Also helping to deliver the BMW i3’s engaging driving experience is the single-pedal control feature carefully configured by the BMW Group’s drive system development engineers. Recuperation mode is activated the moment the driver takes his foot off the accelerator. The electric motor switches from drive to generator mode, feeding power into the lithium-ion battery. At the same time, it generates a precisely controllable braking effect. This recuperation is speed-sensitive, which means the car “coasts” with maximum efficiency at high speeds and generates a strong braking effect at low speeds. The ability to accelerate and brake using just one pedal creates an unusually direct interaction between driver and car. Thinking ahead in city traffic can allow the driver to carry out 75 per cent of braking manoeuvres without applying the brake pedal.