The BMW i3 is unlike anything BMW has ever produced. This compact car is the first product of the new BMW i sub-brand and is a truly purpose-built electric car. The i3 concept car was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and became available for sale in the United States in 2014. Constructed of sustainable, renewable materials and designed from the ground up as an electric drive vehicle, not a retrofit of an existing gasoline-fueled model, the BMW i3 feels like a harbinger of future vehicles. It is followed by the BMW i8, a plug-in hybrid providing truly breathtaking sports car performance with the advantage of small car levels of fuel consumption and emissions. As of July 2014, the BMW i3 was the most fuel efficient EPA-certified vehicle of all years regardless of fuel type. Among other awards, the i3 won two World Car of the Year Awards (2014 World Green Car of the Year and 2014 World Car Design of the Year). The i3 also got an iF Product Design Gold Award.

The BMW i3 features an all-electric 170 HP and 184 lb. ft. of torque motor running on lithium-ion batteries and the top speed is limited to 93 mph. Thanks to the eDrive motor, the full torque is immediately available from a standstill and doesn't need to be built up first via the engine speed, as is the case with internal combustion engines. This gives the i3 high agility in various situations and impressive acceleration: from 0 to 60 mph in 7 seconds. To accommodate the battery size that was required to provide practical, electrically driven range, BMW engineers needed to significantly reduce the weight of the body and chassis. This is how the concept of LifeDrive architecture was born. This innovative construction consists of two separate parts. The upper Life module is a passenger module made of strong yet extremely lightweight Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP). The lower Drive module is made of aluminum and integrates the battery, electric drivetrain, suspension, and crash-absorption components. The LifeDrive provides the foundation of premium driving experience you would expect of any BMW, in an advanced electric car. The BMW i3 features Brake Energy Recuperation, which, when a driver takes his foot off the accelerator pedal, converts that energy into electricity that is fed back into battery storage to help enhance overall range.

For the BMW i3, a pump nozzle is replaced by a charging station. The company offers 360º Electric – a range of charging products and services for home and away. Via the BMW i Charging Station, the battery is fully charged in approximately 3.5 hours when charging at 240 volts, 30 amps. For drivers on the road, BMW provides ChargeNow to give car owners access to a network of public charging stations on the ChargePoint network – the largest public charging network in the U.S. and Canada. The BMW i3 is the only electric drive vehicle available in both full battery and Range Extender versions. The Range Extender applies BMW’s decades of experience with small internal combustion engines by adding a lightweight and efficient 2-cylinder gasoline engine to the i3. When the initial charge is almost depleted, the Range Extender starts to maintain the battery’s state of charge. This adds 50-75 miles per fill-up of the 1.9 gallon tank. Unlike other hybrid vehicles, the engine only produces electricity to charge the battery and never directly drives the wheels.

The i3 is equipped with numerous safety and security systems, including the Parking Assistance Package, BMW Assist eCall™ (the innovative technology that transmits automatic emergency notifications to a BMW call center), BMW TeleService (the system that monitors vehicle parts that are subject to wear and tear and transmits these data to BMW), etc. The i3 also features the BMW i Remote App that links to the vehicle and monitors its battery level, charging status, and other charging-related functions like heating and air conditioning. With the BMW i3, it’s easy to select an interior and exterior World to suit your driving style. It is available in Mega, Giga, and Tera versions, all of which come equipped with a high level of standard equipment.

Whether you need to replace some parts or want to upgrade your BMW i3 with stylish accessories, CARiD is ready to provide you with premium quality products. Respect is important to us, which is why we cooperate with the most reliable manufacturers in the automotive industry to make sure you get only high-quality parts and accessories. Made using superior materials and state-of-the-art technologies, they will provide years of worry-free service. The i3 launched a new era for electro mobility at BMW, and it definitely deserves the best.

Whatever you expect from your BMW i3, a bold look, mind-boggling performance, greater ride comfort, or safer driving, CARiD goes the extra mile to meet all your needs. Our extensive range of premium accessories and parts covers all the bases, whether you want your vehicle to be more powerful, smarter, fun to drive, or just need to restore it to original condition. We know how to throw a classy appeal into your BMW i3 and keep it providing the best performance, so trust us and get the greatest bang for the buck!

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