The BMW i3 is a B-segment, high-roof hatchback manufactured and marketed by BMW with an electric powertrain using rear-wheel drive via a single-speed transmission and an underfloor Li-ion battery pack and an optional range-extending petrol engine. The i3 was BMW’s first mass-produced electric vehicle and was launched as part of BMW’s electric vehicle BMW i sub-brand.


The BMW i3 has two pedals like all cars with automatic transmission. The accelerator pedal acts as both accelerator and engine brake. When the driver releases the pedal, the vehicle’s kinetic energy is regenerated by the vehicle drivetrain to recharge the battery. This has the effect of slowing the car down. During the field testing of the Mini E, which has an accelerator that recharges the battery in this way, and consists of brakes that only apply to the rear wheels, BMW has learned that drivers tend to rely on the engine brake: around 75% of all deceleration maneuvers are initiated without the brake pedal in urban traffic areas. BMW also expected the i3 to use the same type of battery and powertrain that is being tested in the BMW ActiveE trials.

Electric Vehicle Info:

Battery TypeLi-Ion
Battery capacity37.9 kWh 
AC Charging Time @ 3,7 Kw13 Hours
Range260 Km
Electric consumption kwh/km14.2

AC Charging Time:

3.7 kW Portable25 km / hr
7.4 kW Level 249 km / hr
11 kW 3-Phase49 km / hr
22kW 3-Phase*49 km / hr
Electric Vehicle BMW i3