The 2015 BMW i3 Guide

Introducing the 2015 BMW i3

Guide Version: 1.0. This guide was created on 10-03-2015 and updated monthly with new information.

For electric vehicle customers wanting some liveliness and extravagance brand panache, the 2015 BMW i3 is an extremely convincing decision. That the i3 is likewise shockingly down to earth just assists its allure.

Constructed with lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber, driven by an electric engine (with a discretionary gas controlled extent extender) and styled as though it took off from Ed Begley, Jr’s future carport, the 2015 BMW i3 is genuinely a standout amongst the most unmistakable vehicles out and about. These takeoffs from the standard don’t make this BMW any less agreeable, however. In reality, the BMW i3 is a sharp-driving and extremely easy to use vehicle that could work out well for a wide assortment of EV auto customers.

The 2015 BMW i3 now gets warmed front seats, satellite radio and a locally available DC quick charging unit as standard.

Presented a year ago, the i3 highlights a mechanical undercarriage and battery lodging developed of lightweight aluminum, while the abdominal area structure is carbon fiber. This mix holds the i3’s weight around many pounds contrasted with other electric autos, and less weight means enhanced productivity and snappier speeding up. With its 170-torque electric engine driving the back wheels, the i3 can hurry to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds, which is amazingly speedy for an EV. The i3’s generally light weight and low focus of gravity likewise add to agile taking care of qualities and solid braking force.

What You Need To Know About the 2015 BMW i3


The 2015 BMW i3 is controlled by a 125-kilowatt electric engine nourished by a 22-kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium-particle battery pack situated underneath the floor. Whether you run with the consistent i3 or with the Range Extender (REX) rendition, the subsequent 170 hp and 184 pound-feet of torque is sent to the back wheels.

The i3 Range Extender model consolidates a little two-barrel gas motor (with a 2.4-gallon fuel tank) that serves as a generator to supply reviving power to the battery pack. So prepared, the i3’s territory ascends to around 150 miles. This extent is still significantly less than authentic module half breeds like the Chevrolet Volt or Ford Fusion Energi give, be that as it may.

Full reviving times from an exhausted battery range from over 20 hours when connected to an ordinary 110-volt family outlet down to around four hours utilizing a 240-volt outlet. The i3’s route or cell phone application frameworks can help in finding ChargePoint open charging stations, and the i3’s DC quick charging framework can completely energize the battery in only 30 minutes (accepting you have admittance to one of these uncommon charging stations).


While for all intents and purposes all battery-controlled autos offer snappier speeding up than the vast majority expect (because of the in a split second accessible torque normal for electric engines), the 2015 BMW i3 ends up being considerably faster than the standard. The regenerative stopping mechanism is really solid, so the i3 moderates drastically at whatever point you lift your foot off the quickening agent. While this can be perplexing at initially, you discover yourself adjusting rapidly enough that you’ll in the end wind up utilizing the brake pedal just when you have to stop all the more forcefully. It makes sitting in unpredictable activity much lovelier.

With a REX-prepared i3, you’ll never need to stress over coming up short on electric power and getting stranded out and about. When the battery pack gets low, the fuel generator consequently swings on to give enough energy to keep you going. Be that as it may, this is to a greater degree a wellbeing net than a genuine drive mode. The i3 is detectably slower when depending on the generator, and the RV like generator’s clamor is unavoidable.

As a result of its thin tires and higher than normal ride stature, the i3 can’t match BMW’s customary models regarding taking care of ability. In any case, its tight turning circle, exact directing and little size give it an emphatically agile feeling at slower speeds, making it a characteristic at exploring swarmed urban avenues and slipping into tight curbside spots proprietors of numerous bigger vehicles need to drive right on by. Ride quality is likewise more bearable than different autos this size, however the i3’s restricted tires are a touch vulnerable to taking after furrowed roadway asphalt.


Like the outside, the inside of the 2015 BMW i3 is particular and cutting edge. The space is strikingly calm and the look is beautiful, with its slim level board presentation screens and shifter unit mounted beside the far-extendable controlling wheel. The diverse trim bundles, or Worlds, each give an alternate feel because of their remarkable blend of renewable, reused and generally eco-accommodating materials. As surprising as the lodge seems to be, however, there’s still an average BMW exhibit of atmosphere and infotainment controls. The most recent adaptation of BMW’s iDrive controller is really simple to utilize on account of direct menus, fresh illustrations and speedy preparing times.

The front seats are agreeable and their raised situating gives the driver incredible outward perceivability. In back, the two-man back seat offers better than average legroom and a lot of headroom. There’s additionally a wide opening to get in and out of (or put your own things on one of the rearward sitting arrangements) on account of the i3’s back pivoted access entryways. Be that as it may, getting in the back is a two-stage process, as you must open both side ways to get back there.

Additionally, getting in and out of the secondary lounge isn’t simple for taller travelers, as the i3’s opening isn’t too tall.

Load limit is on the little side, with only 11.8 cubic feet behind the back seats and a sum of 36.9 cubic feet with those seats collapsed down. Dissimilar to most EV contenders, however, the back seats crease level and the storage compartment space itself is free by strangely molded, projecting boards. We additionally like how there’s a lot of inside capacity for water bottles or other little things.


Standard security highlights on the 2015 BMW i3 incorporate antilock circle brakes (with brake drying), soundness and footing control, front seat side airbags and full-length side blind airbags. Likewise standard are BMW Assist eCall and Remote Services, which incorporate programmed crash notice, a crisis solicitation catch, stolen vehicle recuperation, remote entryway open and a remote control cell phone application.

Back stopping sensors are standard, and a rearview camera and front stopping sensors are accessible as alternatives. Among its other additional items, the Technology + Driving Assistant bundle incorporates versatile journey control, a path takeoff cautioning framework and forward crash cautioning (with person on foot recognition) that incorporates programmed braking for frontal impact moderation.

2015 BMW i3 SPECS

ENGINE TYPE: synchronous AC, 170 hp, 184 lb-ft; 22-kWh lithium-ion battery pack




TRANSMISSION– 1-speed direct drive



DRIVE TYPE: rear-wheel-drive

TOP SPEED– 92 mph

0-60MPH– 7.0 sec

Price: $46,150 (base)


Just like the case with any electric auto, your first worry with the i3 is presumably run. Like numerous other electric autos, the i3 gets an EPA-evaluated scope of 81 miles. While no more for most every day driving, you can likewise settle on the accessible gas energized range extender generator (REX in BMW speech) that gives the i3 an extra 70 miles of potential territory. It’s a one of a kind offering for this class of auto, and unquestionably takes out worries about coming up short on juice while out and about. Execution drop impressively when running on gas, however, and halting each 60 miles or somewhere in the vicinity to refuel is no real way to visit the nation.

Yet, regardless of the fact that you overlook the cutting edge development and powertrain, the i3 is really a decent car. There’s a tasteful looking inside, strong form quality and a great measure of common sense. Open up the back pivoted entryways and you’ll locate there’s sufficient space for full size grown-ups, while the freight region can hold a Costco-sized heap of perishables on account of the fold-level back seats. Indeed, even outward perceivability is great in the i3.

When you begin to cross-shop the 2015 BMW i3 with its rivals, you’ll see exactly how engaging it is. Genuinely, it is more costly than EVs like the 2015 Nissan Leaf or 2015 Ford Focus Electric, yet the i3 offers a great deal of prevalent properties consequently. Among this gathering, the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf comes nearest to coordinating the i3’s quality. On the flip side of the scale is the 2015 Tesla Model S, which is phenomenal additionally fundamentally more costly. The Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive is the i3’s most immediate opponent. It’s a bigger number of extensive than the i3 however less productive, not as upscale and just accessible in a couple select states. In light of present circumstances, we exceedingly suggest looking at the Edmunds “An” evaluated 2015 BMW i3.


√ Roomy four-person cabin;

√ Quick acceleration and strong brakes;

√ Nimble handling; excellent visibility;

√ Well-made and stylish interior;

√ Versatile cargo area for an EV


× Pricier than most entry-level EVs

× Rear-hinged rear doors aren’t so great if you frequently take along rear passengers.