BMW battery facelift to 2017 i3 model

March 29th, 2016 § Comments Off on BMW battery facelift to 2017 i3 model § permalink

BMW Blog is reporting that instead of just updating the i3’s battery for both the hybridized (range-extending gas engine paired with an electric motor) and full-electric versions and calling it a day, the automaker will offer two battery sizes: the same 60Ah configuration as at present, and a new 94Ah setup. Since both batteries will be available in both versions of the i3, BMW will actually be selling four i3 variants.

…it’s widely believed that BMW will be using the new Samsung 94Ah battery cells for the 2017 i3, which I first speculated here, back in November.
The current i3 uses 96 Samsung 60Ah battery cells which are 3.75v ea. This adds up to a total of 21.6kWh (96 x 60 x 3.75= 21.6). The new 94Ah cells are the same physical size and voltage so an upgrade to these cells would mean BMW could use the same modules and battery tray, greatly reducing the cost as compared to engineering all new packaging for the new cells. Therefore, the new pack should increase from 21.6kWh to 33.8kWh (96 x 94 x 3.75 = 33.8). If the weight of the cells is the same, that should increase the BEV i3’s range from the existing 81 miles per charge to approximately 125 miles per charge and the i3 REx’s range from 72 miles per charge to about 112 MPC.
Additionally, a facelift is planned for the 2017 model year that is debuting later in 2016, and with it will come new software and improved electronics. As a result, the larger battery i3 pure-EV will achieve a range of 120 miles, which is an improvement of about 40 miles over the current model.

Since BMW will be breaking out the i3 into battery designations, pricing will vary accordingly. The current all-electric version starts at USD $42,400 before incentives while the range-extender goes for USD $46,250. Therefore, we can probably expect these two variants with the smaller batteries to drop a bit in price to make room for their 94Ah battery counterparts.

Considering how many pure electric vehicles now best BMW’s i3 in drive range, the move for larger battery packs is essential, but the automaker may have trouble with sales unless pricing is competitive. Obviously, Tesla’s upcoming Model 3 is a big concern with its planned 200+ mile range and USD $35,000 starting price, but even the Chevrolet Bolt’s 200-ish range will be a threat when BMW can only offer 120 miles maximum.

The official premiere of the refreshed i3 is expected during the Paris Motor Show in October of this year. Sales of the 2017 model will kick off before year’s end in an attempt to exceed the 24,057 units delivered in 2015.

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#electricVehicle #ElectricCar – Plug-in electric cars in pre-production and testing (2009-2014)

January 20th, 2013 § Comments Off on #electricVehicle #ElectricCar – Plug-in electric cars in pre-production and testing (2009-2014) § permalink

List of modern PEV automobiles, pickups, vans and SUVs
in field testing and pre-production
(2009–014)
Model Type
of
PEV(1)
Original MRSP(2)
/Lease per month
(current $)
Range
(EV mode
for PHEVs)
Comments
PEVs currently undergoing field testing or demonstration programs
Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid
PHEV
Not available
30 mi (48 km)
Field testing with 20 units began in 2009 with utility company fleets in the U.S. and Canada.[176]
Volvo V70 Plug-in Hybrid
PHEV
Not available
20 to 30 km (12 to 19 mi)
Field testing with two demonstrators in Göteborg, Sweden since December 2009.[177] Sales of a series production diesel-electric plug-in hybrid scheduled as early as 012.[178]
Suzuki Swift Plug-in
PHEV
¥2 million
(~US$24,900)
30 km (19 mi)
Field testing with 60 units in Japan scheduled for late 2010.[179]Sales are slated for 013.[180]
Audi A1 e-tron
PHEV
Not available
31 mi (50 km)
Field testing planned for late 2010 with 20 units in Munich.[181]
Hyundai BlueOn
BEV
Not available
86 mi (138 km)
Field testing with 30 units in South Korea by late 2010. Sales scheduled by late 012 limited to domestic market.[182]
Tata Indica Vista EV
BEV
GB£29,000[183]
110 mi (180 km)
Field testing in the West Midlands began in April 2011 with 25 units. Market launch in the UK was scheduled for mid 2011 and postponed. Demonstration program in the UK will continue with Tata employees.[184][185]
Dodge Ram 1500 Plug-in Hybrid
PHEV
Not available
20 mi (32 km)
Field testing in the United States with 140 units began in 2011 with local and state governments, utility companies, and a U.S. Army base. This is a demonstration program only, and Chrysler has no plans for a production version.[186][187]
In September 012 Chrysler halted the program and recalled all 109 units deployed at the time due to damage sustained by three separate pickup trucks when their 12.9-kilowatt-hour battery packs overheated. The carmaker plans to upgrade the battery packs with cells that use a different lithium-ion chemistry before the vehicles go back on service.[188]
Mercedes A-Class E-Cell
BEV
Leasing only
(pricing not available)
124.3 mi (200 km)
Demonstration program with 500 cars was scheduled to begin in September 2011 in several European countries, includingGermanyFrance, and the Netherlands.[189][190]
Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion
BEV
Not available
150 km (93 mi)
Field testing planned with 500 units.[191] The first 10 units began field testing in Wolfsburg in May 2011.[192] A second batch of 80 test cars began testing in mid-2011 in Berlin,Hannover and Wolfsburg.[193] In February 012, field testing began in California, and a total of 20 eGolfs will be allocated to the U.S. test program.[194] Sales are scheduled for 014.[195]
Volkswagen Golf Variant Twin Drive
PHEV
Not available
57 km (35 mi)
Field testing with 20 research vehicles began in early 2011.[196] Production is expected for 2015.[197]
Chrysler Town & Country plug-in hybrid
PHEV
Not available
30 mi (48 km)
A two-year demonstration program with 25 E85 flexible-fuelplug-in minivans began in April 012. The first units were delivered in Auburn Hills, Michigan and Charlotte, North Carolina.[198][199]
The demonstration program was halted in September 012, and Chrysler recalled the 23 units deployed at the time due to damage sustained by three separate Dodge Ram 1500 Plug-in Hybrids participating in a parallel program when their battery packs overheated. The carmaker plans to upgrade the battery packs shared by both vehicles with cells that use a different lithium-ion chemistry before the vehicles go back on service. No minivans were involved in any incidents.[188]
Audi A3 e-tron
BEV
PHEV
Not available
70 to 75 mi (110 to 121 km)
Field testing in the U.S. began by mid 012 with a fleet of 17 all-electric A3s. The testing is conducted among Audi##Q##s engineers and company employees only. Release of a plug-in hybrid version scheduled for 014 in the U.S. and Europe.[200][201]
Saab 9-3 ePower
BEV
Not available
200 km (124 mi)
Field testing with 70 ePower demonstrators in Sweden was scheduled for late 2011.[202] It is unknown how many cars were built before the carmaker went bankrupt.[203] The new owners,NEV Sweden, have stated that they intend to start producing the all-electric 9-3 ePower to be launched in China by late 013 or early 014.[204]
Sail Springo EV
BEV
RMB 258,000
(US$41,460)[205]
130 km (81 mi)[205]
A limited number of cars are scheduled to be sold in Shanghaiin 013 as part of a trial program.[205]
Venucia e30
BEV
Not available
Not available
Dongfeng Nissan plans to start pilot projects in 15 Chinese cities to promote the Venucia e30 with local governments in 013. The car is scheduled for production in China by 2015, and the e30 shares many features of the Nissan Leaf, including bodywork, dimensions, and electric-drive specifications.[206][207]
013–014
DOK-ING XD
BEV
~US$40,460
156 mi (251 km)
Electric city car was scheduled for mass production in late 2010 or early 2011.[208]
Kia Ray EV
BEV
Not available
138 km (86 mi)[209] Production limited to 2,500 units to be delivered in 012 forSouth Korea##Q##s government agencies use.[209]
Scion iQ EV(U.S.)
Toyota eQ (Japan)
BEV
¥3.6 million
(~US$$45,000)[210]
85 km (53 mi)[211]
Market launch is scheduled in Japan and the U.S. in December 012.[210] Initially Toyota announced that production will be limited to 600 units, with 400 staying in Japan, 100 units destined to the U.S. and another 100 for Europe.[212] In September 012 Toyota announced that the iQ EV/eQ production will be still more limited, to about 100 units for special fleet use in Japan and the U.S. only.[210]
REVA NXR
BEV
~€14,995 (intercity)
~€9,995 (city)[213]
Intercity100 mi (160 km)
City50 mi (80 km)
Production was scheduled for late 2010 with deliveries slated for early 2011. City version uses lead acid batteries. Prices do not include batteries.[214] The market launch in India was rescheduled for late 012.[215]
Rimac Concept One
BEV
~€740,500[216]
310 miles[217]
Production was scheduled for late 013. the car is capable of reaching 190 mph.
Ford Fusion Energi
PHEV
US$39,495[218]
21 mi (34 km)[219]
U.S. sales scheduled to begin by early 013.[220]
Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid
PHEV
US$39,780[221]
13 mi (21 km)[221]
Sales scheduled to begin in California and New York on January 15, 013.[221]
Mitsubishi Outlander P-HEV
PHEV
Not available
55 km (34 mi)[222]
Sales scheduled to begin in the Japanese market in the first half of 013, followed by the European and North American markets later on. The Outlander P-HEV is expected to become the first SUV plug-in hybrid in the market.[222]
Fiat 500e
BEV
~US$35,000[223]
80 mi (130 km)[224]
The concept version was called 500 Elettra, and the production version, unveiled at the 012 Los Angeles Auto Show, was renamed Fiat 500e.[225] Initially the 500e will be available only in California, with market launch scheduled for 2Q 013.[223]
Chevrolet Spark EV
BEV
~US$32,500[226]
Not available
Sales are scheduled for 013 in limited quantities and selected global markets, including California, Oregon, Canada and South Korea.[226][227] The production version was unveiled at 012 Los Angeles Auto Show.[228]
Volkswagen e-Up!
BEV
Not available
80 mi (130 km)
Market launch is scheduled for 013.[229]
BMW i3
BEV and
PHEV option
~US$35,000(€24,500)[230]
~130 to 160 km (80 to 100 mi)
Market launch is scheduled for late 013.[231] A “REx” range extender option will be offered.[232][233]
Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive
BEV
Not available
125 mi (201 km)[234]
Sales are scheduled to begin in Europe in 013 and expected to be launched in the U.S. in 014.[234]
Porsche 918 Spyder
PHEV
$845,000[235]
15 mi (24 km)[235]
Production scheduled to begin in September 013. Production will be limited to 918 units to be sold as a 014 model year. Car is capable of reaching 100 mph (160 km/h) in all-electric mode.[235]
Cadillac ELR
PHEV
Not available
40 mi (64 km)
Scheduled for U.S. market launch by late 013 as a 014model year.[236]
BMW i8
PHEV
More than
€100,000
(US$122,800)[237]
35 km (22 mi)[238]
Sales are scheduled to begin in 014.[231]
Tesla Model X
BEV
From
US$50,000(€40,000)
up to
US$90,000(€72,000)[239]
Up to 270 mi (430 km)[239]
Production is scheduled to the end of 013 and deliveries to commence in 014.[239][240]
Fisker Atlantic
PHEV
Not available
30 mi (48 km)[241]
Production was scheduled for 013, and later postponed for late 014 or 2015.[242]
Notes: PHEVPlug-in hybrid vehicle, BEVBattery electric vehicle or electric car. (1) Plug-in conversions are not included. (2) Sales price does not reflect any government incentives or tax credits.

List of modern PEV automobiles, pickups, vans and SUVs commercially produced from 1970

January 2nd, 2013 § Comments Off on List of modern PEV automobiles, pickups, vans and SUVs commercially produced from 1970 § permalink

List of modern PEV automobiles, pickups, vans and SUVs
commercially produced from 1970
Model Type
of
PEV(1)
Original MRSP(2)
/Lease per month
(current $)
Range
(EV mode
for PHEVs)
Comments
Models out of production
(1970–2013)
Enfield 8000
BEV
£2808
~35 mi (56 km)
British city car produced from 1973 to 1977 on the Isle of Wight. 120 units produced.[4]
Zagato Zele
BEV
US$2995 (1000 Series)
US$3395 (2000 Series)
50 mi (80 km)
Italian microcar produced from 1974 to 1976. Sold in Europe as well as the United States as the Zagato Elcar. Approximately 500 units produced.[5]
Citicar
BEV
US$2690
~50 mi (80 km)
American microcar produced from 1974 to 1977. An upgrade version was later produced as the Comuta-Car.[5]
Volkswagen Golf Mk2 citySTROMer
BEV
45,000DM(~US$34,000)
31 mi (50 km)
Sold in Europe from 1984 to 1985. Around 100 production units were produced.[6]
Volkswagen Jetta citySTROMer
BEV
50,000DM(~US$37,000)
118 mi (190 km) (Lead-acid batteries)
155 mi (249 km) (Sodium-sulfur batteries)
Sold in Europe in from 1984 to at least 1987.[7]
VAZ-1111E
BEV
~62 mi (100 km)
Built on order in the Soviet Union (later Russia) from 1989 to 1998.[8]
Fiat Panda Elettra
BEV
16,850 (~US$25,000)
62 mi (100 km)
Sold in Europe in 1990.[9]
Fiat Cinquecento Elettra
BEV
140,000 francs(~US$159,000)
62 mi (100 km) (Lead-acid batteries)
93 mi (150 km)
(NiCd batteries)
Produced from 1992 to 1996, popular in ItalyFrance andSwitzerland.[10]
Škoda Favorit Eltra 151 & 151L
BEV
25,000DM(~US$20,000)[11]
50 mi (80 km)[11]
Produced from 1992–1993; sold in Western Europe.[12]
Chrysler TEVan
BEV
US$120,000
50 mi (80 km)
Only 56 units produced between 1993 and 1995.
Sold primarily to electric utilities in the U.S.
Citroën AX Electrique
BEV
62 mi (100 km)
Around 300 units produced from 1995 to 1996.[13]
Volkswagen Golf Mk3 citySTROMer
BEV
49,500DM(~US$37,000)
56 mi (90 km)
Sold in Europe in from 1995 to 1998 with around 300 produced.[14]
Fiat Seicento Elettra
BEV
21,000 (~US$29,000)[15]
56 mi (90 km)
Produced from 1995 to 2005, sold throughout Western Europe.[16]
Citroën Saxo Electrique/Peugeot 106 Electrique
BEV
68 mi (109 km)
Produced from 1996 to 2003 with approximately 2,500 units made.[17]
General Motors EV1
BEV
Leasing only
US$349 to 499[18]
75 mi (121 km)
A total of 1,117 units leased in the U.S. from 1996 to 2003.[19]
Toyota RAV4 EV
BEV
Leasing only
US$457[18]
100 mi (160 km)
A total of 1,484 units in the U.S. leased from 1997 to 2003. As of mid 012, there were almost 500 units still in use.[20]
Nissan Altra
BEV
Leasing only
US$599[18]
140 mi (230 km)
Produced from 1998 to 2001. A total of 81 units were leased in the U.S.[18]
Dodge Caravan EPIC
BEV
Leasing only
US$450[18]
80 mi (130 km)
Produced from 1999 to 2001. Only 207 vans were produced for the U.S. market.[18]
Honda EV Plus
BEV
Leasing only
US$455[18]
100 mi (160 km)
Around 276 units leased in the U.S. Production ended in 1999.[18][19]
Ford TH!NK City
BEV
Leasing only
~50 mi (80 km)[21]
Leased 440 units in the U.S. from 1999 until 2003.[19]
Nissan Hypermini
BEV
4,000,000 yen
(~US$46,600)
71 mi (114 km)[22]
Sold and leased 219 units in Japan and the U.S. from 1999 to 2001.
Th!nk City
BEV
US$36,495(3)
100 mi (160 km)
First launched in December 2008 but production was halted due to financial difficulties.[23] Production restarted in Finland in December 2009.[24] Sold in several European countries and the U.S.[25][26] In June 2011 Think Global filed for bankruptcy and production was halted.[27] The new owner has scheduled to restart production in early 012 with a refined Think City.[28]
Worldwide sales reached 1,045 units by March 2011.[29]During 2011 a total of 133 units were sold in Norway and 110 units in France.[30][31]
Mini E
BEV
Leasing only
US$850/month
reduced to
US$600 for 2nd year[32]
100 mi (160 km)
Field testing with 500 units began in the U.S. in June 2009 and ended on December 2011.[33][34] Testing in the U.K. began in December 2009 and ended in March 2011.[35] and Munich in September 2010.[36]
Tesla Roadster
BEV
US$109,500
245 mi (394 km)[37]
Production began in March 2008 and ended in January 012.[38][39] More than 2,418 units have been sold worldwide through September 012.
No longer available for sale in the U.S., and there are around 80 units available for sale in Europe and Asia before the remaining production is sold out.[40][41]
A total of 575 units sold in Europe through October 012.[42]

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