The last model of BMW’s i3 electric car has completed its journey down the assembly line, and the automaker plans to replace it with a far more traditional small electric SUV as its indirect successor.
After almost nine years, BMW has closed the book on one of the first mass-produced luxury electric automobiles with the conclusion of production of the i3 city car.
After Eight Years, Bmw I3 Production Was Halted.
At the end of June, the final copies of the BMW i3 hatch were rolled off the manufacturing line at BMW’s Leipzig factory. This occurred just days after the 250,000th car was created, and it took nearly nine years for production to begin in September 2013, when the first vehicle was manufactured.
Despite the fact that BMW has no plans to produce a direct successor, the company has stated that it intends to “remain active” in the “premium electric compact” market. However, it will do so with the iX1 small SUV, which has few similarities with the city-sized, carbon-fiber, rear-drive i3 hatchback.
Frozen Dark Grey or Frozen Dark Red II paint, and, based on official images, distinctive front grille inserts are some of the distinguishing features of the i3 HomeRun Edition, which was made in a limited run of 10 units to commemorate the conclusion of production.
The BMW i3 was the company’s first modern electric car when it was released in foreign markets in 2013. It was supported by a unique chassis that was constructed around a carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body shell, and it had a “skateboard” battery mounted under the floor.
The electric version of the BMW i3 was released with a battery that had a capacity of 60 amp-hours (or 18.3 kilowatt-hours, kWh) and was connected to a 125-kilowatt (kW) rear electric motor. It had a claimed range of 190 kilometers (km) and was developed as part of BMW’s “Project I alongside the hybrid i8 sports car.
The more athletic i3s variant was introduced in 2018 as part of a styling update. It featured increased power, a lower sports suspension, wider wheels (with an increase of one inch), and larger wheels overall. A larger-than-ever 38 kWh battery was released in 2019, with a claimed range of 330 kilometers (or 250km in the real world).
The i3’s legacy will live on; the lessons learned from its carbon-fiber body will be applied to the carbon shell of the new flagship iX electric SUV, and the i3’s battery and electric motor will be incorporated into the Mini Cooper SE hatchback, albeit with front-wheel drive instead of all-wheel drive. The i3’s legacy will live on.
BMW is currently on the second phase of its venture into the electric car market. The business is currently offering the i4, iX3, and iX electric vehicles, and it will soon be offering the i7, i5, and iX1 models. The i3 represents the initial phase of BMW’s journey into the electric car market.
The third phase will be introduced in 2025 in the form of the “Neue Klasse” electric-only architecture. This architecture is intended to serve as the foundation for the next generation of the 3 Series sedan and wagon, as well as the next iteration of the iX3 midsize SUV.