2015 BMW i3


2015 BMW i3

An environmentally-conscious car buyer should not have to sacrifice power, luxury, or quality, in order to find a car that fits their lifestyle. BMW recognized the power in creating a line of vehicles that were both road-worthy and sustainable, so the German car manufacturer introduced their BMW i series in 2013. The BMW i3 shortly followed and was automaker’s first zero emissions vehicle that was able to be mass produced. Unlike any other car on the market, the i3 demands attention wherever it goes.

The BMW i3 is currently in its second model year, and the unique electric-powered car received even more standard equipment for the new year. The 2015 i3 is available with or without a range extender and is packed with advanced technology that makes the i3 seem like any other BMW on the market. The 2015 i3 takes being “green,” seriously. The car goes beyond simply providing exceptional efficiency, and provides a secondary level of sustainability thanks to the extensive use of renewed resources. For drivers who are interested in getting the most out of their i3, optional packages are available.

2015 BMW i3 EngineThe Technology Behind the Name

The 2015 BMW i3 is an electric vehicle that performs just as well as its gas-powered counterparts. Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic sets the foundation for the agility and efficiency behind the i3. By using this material, BMW has created its lightest vehicle, while also allowing for optimal space and openness within the cabin. The Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic material used on the i3 is partly made of recycled materials and is created in a facility that is powered completely by hydroelectric power.

With a total range of 150 miles per charge, and over 21,400 public charging stations in the United States, the BMW i3 will get you where you need to go, for much less. Discover a few of the ways that the 2015 BMW i3 is powered, to keep moving forward.

  • Brake Energy Regeneration - The accelerator pedal on the i3 works by converting kinetic energy into electrical energy, and feeding it back into the battery for increased efficiency - every time you step on it.
  • Fast Charging - In a little over 3 hours, your i3 will be fully charged using a Level 2 charging system. Home charging systems are available, on top of various public charging stations throughout the United States.
  • Two-Piece Structure - In order to create the most efficient vehicle possible, BMW engineers designed the i3 in two pieces - the Life Module (the interior cabin) and Drive Module (the frame). This lightweight structure allows for increased driving range, comfort, and agility.  

The 2015 BMW i3 features advanced technology that allows for an electric vehicle to be just as fast as a gas-powered one. Other in-vehicle technology, help bring convenience and practicality full circle. The on-board navigation system comes standard, and intuitively adapts to your unique driving style. Traffic conditions, your i3’s battery state of charge, and topographical information are all taken into account when routing you to your destination. If your i3 needs to be charged prior to reaching your destination, the navigational system will automatically direct you to the nearest public charging station. Further increase your convenience, by utilizing BMW’s iRemote app. This feature can be synced to your smartphone, and can keep you informed of important information. Drivers can check their battery’s charge level, and can even adjust their cabin temperature through their device. 

The base 2015 BMW i3 comes with a range of 81 miles per charge. For drivers who want an extra level of security to ensure they are able to go the distance, can opt for the i3 with Range Extender. The total miles range on the i3 is nearly doubled with the Range Extender, which utilizes a two-cylinder gasoline powered engine that kicks on when the battery level reaches five percent.

2015 BMW i3 Interior

Sustainability Inside and Out

BMW created the i3 with the environment in mind. The open and airy interior cabin on the 2015 BMW i3 is made of renewable materials and natural resources. Over 25 percent of the interior uses renewable, raw, or recycled materials. One such element incorporated into the cabin, is the open-pore Eucalyptus Wood, that changes color over time. Olive leaf tanned leather seats uses a natural process to tan the leather, and protects it against wear and fading. Check out other areas that BMW incorporates sustainable materials in the 2015 i3.

 

 

 

  • Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic roof panel is partially formed with recycled materials
  • All Eucalyptus wood trim is responsibly-forested
  • The plant that manufactures the i3 is powered by wind-generated electricity
  • Door trims and instrument panels are constructed from Kenaf plant fibers

It is without question that BMW made it their priority to ensure that the 2015 i3 is as environmentally responsible with its materials, as it is with its fuel efficiency.

Available Packages

The 2015 BMW i3 is already a unique vehicle, but the innovative automaker takes it one step further, by offering three different levels of interior refinement. The Mega World option is the base package, the Giga World sits in the middle, and the Tera World adds the highest level of elegant sophistication to the i3. Each of the levels utilize the sustainable resources mentioned above, and varying degrees of luxury.

The Technology and Driving Assistant Package allows drivers to get the most out of their BMW i3 driving experience. Navigation Professional System and Real-Time Traffic, are both included in this package. 

For drivers who appreciate added convenience, the Parking Assistant package is worth considering. Park Distance Control, and an integrated rear-view camera, are a few of the technologies that this package includes to make parking easier and less time consuming.

Starting at just $42,400 before government tax incentives, the 2015 BMW i3 is a car that is priced well, and will save drivers thousands of dollars in gas over its lifetime. Whether you are conscious of environmental issues, or appreciate spending less at the pump - the 2015 i3 is a car worth every bit of your consideration.