The BMW i3 ends production after nine years with a limited run of 10 units |  Electric and Hybrid

The BMW i3 ends production after nine years with a limited run of 10 units | Electric and Hybrid

Welcome nine years and 250,000 units later, the BMW i3 ended production in Germany. The last units of one of the most interesting electric cars left the production line at the brand’s factory in Leipzig at the end of June.

Launched in Europe in late 2013, The hatch paved the way for BMW in electric mobility, launching the i-segment. Now, he is leaving the area with a more consolidated status: after him, the German brand released iX3, iX and i4 – all powered by electricity.

Even today, the i3 is considered a revolutionary car. having carbon fiber reinforced plastic frame and uses a number of internally referenced materials.

To mark the farewell – announced in February – BMW has prepared a special edition called HomeRun. Only 10 units were produced, all are already sold. Buyers were also able to follow the final assembly phase directly at the Leipzig factory.

The latest version of the BMW i3 is introduced to customers — Photo: Disclosure

THE The limited series is offered with two color options: gray or red, both with a matte finish. The i3s HomeRun also features uniquely designed 20-inch wheels, an electric sunroof, adjustable LED headlights and leather trim on the seats, steering wheel and dashboard frame.

BMW i3 farewell edition features commemorative plaques — Photo: Disclosure

The i3s was not released in Brazil. In German, It has a 184 hp engine and batteries with a range of 307 kmaccording to the WLTP cycle.

For the final production of the i3, the Leipzig plant will focus on the production of high-capacity batteries and other components for electric vehicles. Location will also make, from next year, the new electric generation of the Mini Countryman. It will be the first division of the BMW group to produce cars for both brands.

The BMW iX1, an electric version of the X1, will replace the i3 — Photo: Disclosure

Who will replace the first BMW family car will be iX1, electric version of the X1. The hybrid was presented at the beginning of June as the manufacturer’s new entry-level electric, more affordable than the i4 sedan, iX SUV, and its sports version iXM60.

The IX1 has a 313 hp engine and more than 50 kgfm of torque. Its autonomy, according to BMW, reaches 440 km.

With a futuristic look and urban size, the hatch landed in Brazil at the end of 2014, when it was sold for R$ 235,950. Since then, there has been no change in its engine, which has remained with 170 hp and 25.5 kgfm. This kit is enough to make the rear-wheel drive compact car reach 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds.

In Brazil, the i3 was facelifted in 2019 – Photo: Auto Esporte

At that time, only the electric set was able to move the car for 160 km. Then, a small two-cylinder combustion engine was connected to the car to power the electric battery and serve as a range extender. In this way, the BMW can run for another 100 kilometers.

Years later, in 2018, the i3 ditched the compact combustion engine and adopted more powerful batteries. In turn, the range was extended to 335 km. Currently, it is sold in only one version in Brazil, which costs R$ 340,950.

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Second battery life

If the production of the car has reached the end, the batteries, on the contrary, will continue. The so-called second life of the battery – which occurs when they no longer use the car, but can be used in many other activities – will be slightly different.

Around 40 i3 battery modules will generate electricity to power the stage at concerts by British band Coldplay.

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