Frankfurt Motor Show to Host Production BMW i3 Unveiling

BMW i3 Concept Coupe 1 photo
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The revolutionary all-electric city car BMW has been preparing for quite a while now, the i3, is going to be unveiled (in production form) at the Frankfurt Motor Show, in September this year, according to Autoweek.
BMW has revealed the i3 has an autonomy of up to 100 miles (160 km) on battery power alone and will go up to 180 miles (288 km) with the highly anticipated range-extender.

No pricing has yet been revealed but according to BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer "several hundred advance orders" have already been received at BMW dealerships. Maximilian Kellner, head of product management of BMW i Division said the i3 has a range on a single electrical charge of 130 to 160 kilometers (80 to 99 miles)," reassuring the public that the "city-Bimmer" will be more than ready for daily commutes.

The range-extender available for the i3 has been the source of many controversial rumors. At first, everyone thought that it will be a 2-cylinder BMW Motorrad engine that will be powering up the batteries and will not be directly linked to the gearbox. Further reports, released today, say that BMW will go for a collaboration with Kymco in order to increase the car's autonomy.

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