BMW i3 Range Extender to Allow for more Miles but Less Performance

It looks like that report we brought you about the i3 ‘s performance on it ‘s range extending two cylinder engine was on the money. According to BMWNA CEO Ludwig Willisch (via Automotive News), “The car ‘s performance will be affected when the gasoline engine is in use, he said. “The car will not be as agile. “It will not have full power when it runs on the combination. “

We called it limp mode and that may be doing a disservice to the performance of the car with the two cylinder in action. However there ‘s now no questioning that the i3 will perform differently (i.e. slower) in this mode is engaged.


Of course the bigger question is will we ever even get to this mode in normal use? In my experience, even on weekend road trips I ‘d be hard pressed make into range extender territory (anything beyond 100 miles). However I would think having it on the car (an option in the US market) would be essential for many Americans who plan on occasionally using the i3 outside of urban environs.

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  • BimmerFile_Michael

    It is a safety net- which is what it really should be. In theory I love this car. I called it a “limp mode” and I stand by that as performance is not full so it is in some way hampered.

    That said it does not in any shape or form take away from the car overall- I’d never need the added miles but there is the “just in case” I need it there that a regular BEV just doesn’t have… without access to another car in the case of an emergency like a family member is in the hospital 150 miles away this car would get me there,

    The interior is a space heaven and is almost as revolutionary as the original Mini was back in the day. I am very excited for the i3 to come to market and hope that I am able to experience it.