|Might these new 94 Ah cells from Samsung SDI make their way into the 2017 BMW i3?|
|From the Samsung SDI website. The 94 Ah cells aren't even listed as available (click to enlarge)|
|Samsung SDI Battery Technology Roadmap|
really hurt sales of the current vehicle. The only thing that will hurts sales even more is when the manufacturer admits it, gives the specifications and the expected launch date for the new model. If anyone out there is i3 bargain hunting, and can live with the i3's current range, you can expect some killer deals this spring as BMW clears out the remaining 2016 inventory to make room for the 2017s with the new battery.
|One i3 battery module. As you can see there are twelve cells in each module, and there are eight modules in the pack.|
If the i3's electric range is increased more than 20 additional miles, then the full 2.4 gallon tank could be accessed without a BEVx violation. Therefore, I fully expect the 2017 i3 REx to have use of the entire 2.4 gallon gas tank as it does with the European i3s. Actually, if the new batteries do extend the i3 REx's battery range to the possible 115 MPC, then BMW could increase the gas tank to a little over 3 gallons if they wanted to. The i3 REx would then offer over 200 miles of driving range without needing to plug in or fill up.
|Might the 2017 i3 REx have a larger gas tank?|