Developed for electromobility – drive train and technology in the BMW i3.

Few things are as captivating as the aura of a new era. Where not long ago there was engine noise, now the power is put down almost silently. Suddenly, downtown dynamics become far more relaxed. Because BMW i has systematically reshaped electric mobility in a new and sustainable way. The BMW i3, for example, is the first car to be developed entirely for electric driving.

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0 % EMISSIONS, 100 % DRIVING PLEASURE.Developed for electromobility – drive train and technology in the BMW i3.


The finest form of pleasure is spontaneous pleasure – as spontaneous as the all-electric BMW eDrive system. As you move off in the BMW i3, just dipping the accelerator is enough to deploy full torque and pull away powerfully in near silence. And by the way: the same pedal also lets you brake, because the moment you lift off the accelerator, you feel the car start to brake. That’s because your BMW i3 is recovering the available kinetic energy and using it to charge the battery. This “one-pedal feeling”, as we call this innovation, not only enables you to experience driving like never before, but also extends your driving range.

A completely new driving experience.

The fully electric drive train of the BMW i3.

  • BMW eDrive: dynamic from a standing start

    Rarely has a new era begun as racily as with the BMW i3. BMW eDrive was developed in-house at BMW. With an output of 125 kW (170 PS) and maximum torque of 250 Nm it is incredibly responsive. But what does that mean in practice? It means that maximum torque is instantly available when moving off. While conventional vehicles change gear when accelerating, the all-electric BMW i3 (94 Ah) completes the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h without any disruption in 7.3 seconds. Over the first few metres in particular, it leaves more powerful vehicles trailing in its wake.

  • Power consumption: electrically efficient

    The BMW i3 is also setting new benchmarks in terms of efficiency: electricity consumption of the BMW i3 (60 Ah) is an extremely efficient 12.9 kWh per 100 km. And the BMW i3 (94 Ah) requires only 12.5 kWh.


Shaping the new era of electric mobility in the long term meant going back to the drawing board. One of the biggest challenges with this was how to compensate for the weight of the high-voltage battery. So we divided the vehicle architecture into two separate sections. First, there is the lower Drive module, which is made with aluminium and contains all parts related to the gears, the drive system and the battery. Second, above this, is the Life module, providing plenty of space for people in the car. Featuring the first series-production passenger cell made with strong, ultra-light carbon, the BMW i3 has a lower weight and a lower centre of gravity – simultaneously offering enhanced safety and agility.


The production of the BMW i3.

  • Life module

    The interior of the upper Life module is available as a dedicated living space. Made of high-strength carbon, the passenger cell provides a generously proportioned loft-like atmosphere and a high level of safety. At the same time the DIN weight of the BMW i3 (94 Ah) drops to 1,245 kg, lending it a unique degree of agility and positively affecting the range.

  • Drive module

    The Drive module consists of lightweight aluminium and accommodates all the components that facilitate driving. In the rear are the electric motor and the transmission, the transmission and the optional Range Extender. The high-voltage battery is optimally positioned for protection in the underbody. This ensures maximum safety and gives the vehicle a very low centre of gravity, which perfectly supports the BMW i3 with its rear-wheel drive. Incidentally, we grant an eight-year of 100,000-km warranty on the battery.

  • Parking assistant package

    The Parking assistant package offers all-round assistance for especially easy and worry-free parking: with Park Distance Control, rear-view camera and the Parking assistant, not only is convenient parking by the driver possible, but also a fully-automatic option – where the BMW i3 accelerates, brakes and steers itself – is available too.