German automaker releases its own spy shots of the upcoming i3 EV testing in Arctic conditions.
In a fewmonths’ time, BMW will put its i3 EV into production. So the automaker has takenthe all-electric hatchback to the Arctic Circle for a spot of cold weatherendurance testing. The shotscome courtesy of the Bavarian carmaker itself, however BMW failed to reveal any newinformation about the prototype. For theuninitiated, the i3 utilizes BMW's new Live and Drive architecture, the Drivecomponent being made up of a rear-mounted electric motor rated at 168 hp and184 lb-ft of torque.
The 0-62 mph sprint is timed at 7.9 seconds and top speed stands at 93 mph. It also boasts a range of approximately 140 miles on a single six-hour charge. Buyers who deem that insufficient will have the choice of the i3 Rex that reportedly comes with a range-extending two-cylinder motorbike engine that allows for travel of up to 186 miles in between recharging or fill-up stations. The i3 will join the i8 sportscar in a new line of electric vehicles from BMW as a dedicated sub-brand to parallel the M performance line, but with greener credentials.