BMW i3 Drive


Emission-free drive for urban mobility.


Emission-free drive for urban mobility.

AN ELECTRIFYING DRIVING EXPERIENCE.Emission-free drive for urban mobility.

Redefining mobility means thinking far beyond environmentally conscious and agile driving. The innovative BMW eDrive drive is not only locally emission-free and offering incomparable driving enjoyment, it is also a relaxing and nearly silent driving experience.



BMW eDrive is an innovative new development in the scope of the BMW EfficientDynamics technology. The impressively agile electric motor developed by BMW in conjunction with the lithium ion high-voltage battery and intelligent energy management provides driving enjoyment and efficiency in every situation. The BMW i3 is perfectly matched to the requirements of city driving while simultaneously allowing convenient overland trips without concern about the range.

  • Electric motor

    The electric motor of the BMW i3 is perfectly matched for use in city traffic and provides 125 kW/170 hp with a torque of 184 lb-ft. The full torque, which is typical for electric motors, is immediately available from a standstill and does not need to be built up first via the engine speed as is the case with combustion engines. This gives the BMW i3 a particularly high agility in every situation and provides for impressive acceleration values: The BMW i3 accelerates from 0 to 60 km/h in under 4 seconds, and to 100 km/h in only 7.2 seconds (7.9 seconds in the version with Range Extender). Equally impressive: The nearly silent driving experience.

  • Lithium-ion high-voltage battery

    The energy supply of the drive, as well as the supply of all other vehicle functions, is provided by a specially developed lithium ion high-voltage battery, which again sets new standards in terms of energy efficiency. The intelligent heating/cooling system of the high-voltage battery ensures that energy performance (and thus the vehicle's range) are less affected by temperature fluctuations than it normally is with batteries of this type; thus, this makes a significant contribution to both the performance and service life of the cells. An 8-year warranty or 160,000 km’s is given for the high-voltage battery.*

    Via the supplied charging cable, the battery is fully charged in up to 15 hours. The charging duration can be reduced to under 3 hours (to 80% capacity) with the optionally available BMW i Charging Station (30A version).

    * For 70% of the charging capacity.

  • Intelligent energy management

    To allow for an optimal range in every driving situation, particular emphasis was placed on a low energy consumption of the electrical components during the development of the BMW i3. For example, the interior heating system saves up to 30% power when compared with a conventional electric heating system. Energy-saving LEDs are used for the interior lighting and are also available as an option for the exterior lighting.

    In addition, the eDrive offers the possibility of braking via the accelerator pedal. When off the accelerator pedal, the electric motor assumes the function of a generator and feeds the energy gained from the motion of the wheels back into the high-voltage battery. This energy recuperation generates a braking torque which leads to an effective deceleration of the vehicle and pays off in terms of energy savings, especially for foresighted driving styles.



Fascinating agile driving experience.

Innovative driving pleasure: the combination of high-performance electric motor, which provides for impressive acceleration values with an enormous torque, the particularly low centre of gravity and an ideal weight distribution leads to a fascinatingly agile driving experience.
The high torque of the electric motor is available over a very large speed range thus facilitating a very homogenous delivery of electricity. The single-stage transmission provides an optimal transfer of electricity to the rear wheels and accelerates the BMW i3 by means of electronic control evenly and without loss of power up to 150 km/h.


In the last year, test customers have driven over 20 million kilometers with electric vehicles of the BMW Group. The wealth of experience from this flowed into the development of the BMW i3 transmission system, in which the typical commuter operation required a recharging of the high-voltage battery only every two to three days – and with a range of up to160 km range of the BMW i3 is more than sufficient for everyday operation. For the BMW i3 with Range Extender, a range of up to 250 km is possible.The dynamic range display shows destinations that can be reached directly in the form of a vicinity outline; depending on the destination, the range assistant recommends switching to the ECO PRO+ driving mode in order to increase the electric range by 20%.* And if a longer journey is desired or necessary, a switch to a BMW with conventional drive can be switched to thanks to Add-on Mobility.

* depending on individual driving behaviour, determined in internal BMW consumption studies.

  • Driving modes

    In the sporty COMFORT standard setting, the range of a BMW i3 is 130 kilometers – depending on driving style, traffic and topographical features of the route. In the ECO PRO mode, which operates with the adapted accelerator pedal characteristic curve and demands less power, the possible distance traveled increases by up to 30 kilometers.* The ECO PRO+ mode is specifically oriented for range. For this reason, the highest speed of the BMW i3 is reduced to 90 km/h in this mode, and consumers such as heating and air conditioning system are switched to an energy-saving mode. Thus, when compared to the COMFORT mode, the possible action radius is increased by up to 20%.*

    * Depending on individual driving behaviour, determined in internal BMW consumption studies.

  • BMW Add-on Mobility

    If longer distances that lie outside of the maximum range of the BMW i3 are necessary, for example, a vacation journey, Add-on Mobility makes the use of a conventionally driven BMW possible, which is made available by your BMW i Retailer. You simply arrange a fixed quota of days with your BMW i Retailer which will be available to you within a specific time period. For more information about Add-on Mobility, please contact your BMW i Service Retailer. (For Financial Services customers only.)



Increased range.

With a range of 130-160 kilometers in the COMFORT/ECO PRO driving modes, increased by up to 20% in ECO PRO+, the BMW i3 largely covers the majority of driving demands for a typical commuter driving style. For longer driving distances an optional Range Extender (REx) for the BMW i3 makes an increase of the range up to 250 km possible. The range extender REx is a small, very smooth-running and quiet combustion engine which runs on normal gasoline. This motor drives a generator which in turn charges the high-voltage battery so that the vehicle can continue to drive electrically.