2016 update of BMW i3 will increase mileage range

BMW has confirmed its plans to refresh its electric car, the i3, at the start of 2016. One of the planned changes is an increased battery range, with a new 130-mile range expected.

The i3 was first released in 2013 and it maintains its position as one of the most advanced battery-powered models on UK roads. Now it is thought that BMW will either increase the capacity of the existing lithium-ion battery pack or make it denser. Advances in electric car technology make this kind of enhancement possible, paving the way for mass uptake of electric and hybrid motoring.

The i3 currently has a range of around 100 miles, and the proposed changes will boost this to around 130 miles. This brings the BMW in line with its main rival, the Nissan Leaf, which claims a range of 155 miles. The i3 is likely to retain many of its popular features, such as the option for a fast charge, which gives you 80 percent capacity in just half an hour.

You can test drive the current i3 and find out more about the upcoming changes by contacting your closest Lancaster BMW dealership.

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