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BMW Set To Unveil Upgraded i3S Electric Vehicle This September

By Brian Spaen

BMW will be upgrading their i3 electric car with the i3S, and details will be coming out this fall. Among the new features will be a bigger driving range, some new looks, and performance enhancements. The original car, a five-door hatchback, was released back in 2014 and is still in production today.

i3S will be unveiled to the public in September during the Frankfurt Auto Show, also known as the International Motor Show Germany, from the 14th to the 24th. The new car’s horsepower could jump up to 188, which should improve the car’s jumpoff point. It takes 7.2 seconds to get the car from 0 to 60 miles per hour, which is significantly higher when compared to BMW’s superior model, the M3, that can do it in 4.7 seconds.

Range was already increased in the upgraded battery that now exists in the i3. Originally, a 60Ah lithium ion battery was packed into the vehicle and could travel around 81 miles. That’s since been upgraded with the 94Ah version, and BMW claims it can go a distance of of 114 miles. That holds consistent to the upgrade in usable kilowatt hours. The original battery was able to output 18.8 kWh compared to 27.2 kWh on the 94Ah.