05/15/2014 (press release: CambridgePRGroup) // PEABODY, Mass. // BMW of Peabody
With the arrival of the all-new BMW i3 at U.S. dealerships earlier this month, the first mass-production zero-emissions Ultimate Driving Machine is making its way out on the road. The stateside launch of BMW’s all-electric i3 has been met with high demand from buyers, recently prompting the luxury automaker to boost production of the vehicle by 43 percent.
Housing a hybrid-synchronous electric motor and a 22-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, the 2014 BMW i3 produces 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque while traveling between 80 and 100 miles on a full charge. Should buyers need a longer range for excursions outside of urban areas, the available BMW i3 with Range Extender features a gas-powered two-cylinder engine that allows for up to 75 more miles between charges. BMW’s new EV is much more than just its advanced powertrain, though, as it is the first mass-produced car made largely from lightweight Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP), which helps the i3 increase efficiency and responsiveness.
“The first all-electric cars to hit the market sort of slapped an alternative drivetrain onto the traditional body structure of gas-powered vehicles, but the BMW i3 was built from the ground up to offset the extra weight that comes from a battery pack,” said Marshal Cabot, general manager of BMW of Peabody, a Greater Boston BMW dealer. “That means that buyers get an EV that handles and accelerates just as well as a gas-powered car, and since it’s a BMW, the i3 offers plenty of intuitive amenities inside the cabin.”
The use of advanced technology extends well beyond the powertrain of the BMW i3, with BMW i Connected Drive allowing owners to remotely monitor the vehicle’s range, location, current battery level and charging status on their smartphones. That information also integrates with the navigation functionality shown on a 6.5-inch high-resolution screen to suggest routes based on the car’s battery charge or the overall efficiency of the route. Other standard technology features in the BMW i3 include Bluetooth connectivity, a USB outlet, HD Radio, rain-sensing windshield wipers, Park Distance Control and Dynamic Cruise Control.
About BMW of Peabody:
Located minutes from downtown Boston on Route 114, BMW of Peabody takes pride in offering some of the world’s finest vehicles, backing up every new and used BMW sale with their expert, customer-focused sales and service staff. Recognized as a leading Greater Boston BMW dealer, BMW of Peabody is a five-time winner of the prestigious Center of Excellence Award and offers two BMW service centers to fit the schedules of its busy customers. See their full BMW inventory online at www.bmwpeabody.com, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bmwofpeabody, visit their showroom at 221 Andover Street in Peabody or call them at 978-538-9900.
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