BMW i3 (94 Ah) deliveries start this month

BMW i3 with 300 km NEDC range

BMW started the production of the battery upgraded BMW i3 in July, now the first deliveries are about to happen. This month will be like early Christmas to some lucky drivers.

BMW has beaten Nissan, Renault and Volkswagen in delivering an electric car with more than 300 km range in the optimistic NEDC. As useless as it is, NEDC is what counts in Europe for advertising purposes and BMW is already doing it.



Truth to be told, BMW also says that the realistic range is about 200 km, but in this Spanish commercial the company took advantage of the optimistic NEDC figure and used it.

Carlos Ghosn, CEO of the Renault-Nissan and now Mitsubishi Alliance considers BMW his most direct competitor and with the introduction of the upgraded BMW i3, BMW proved he’s right.

Tesla Motors is in another level, by competing with high performance cars and Volkswagen talks a lot about electric cars but acts very slow.

It’s time for the Alliance to release the 40 kWh batteries for the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe R400. This way the cars can be advertised with 400 km NEDC range and leave BMW behind again.

In recent days the information I got not only reinforces the belief that the Leaf and the Zoe are about to get battery upgrades very soon, but also that 40 kWh is the usable battery capacity, the total capacity should be 45-46 kWh, not as much as the 48 kWh I thought last year, but still great. Nissan will start to advertise only the usable battery capacity as Renault already does.

The Leaf will also suffer a minor facelift and look more like the Pulsar. Better aesthetics and aerodynamics.


Rendering of possible facelifted 2017 Nissan Leaf

Rendering of possible facelifted 2017 Nissan Leaf


With a 46 kWh total battery capacity and improved aerodynamics, the Leaf might be able to surpass 160 miles (257 km) EPA range.


Rendering of possible facelifted 2017 Nissan Leaf

Rendering of possible facelifted 2017 Nissan Leaf


Now that mirrorless cars are legal in Japan why not take the opportunity to further increase the Leaf’s efficiency and range?! Even more now that Chevrolet Bolt’s lead designer, Stuart Norris admitted that the Chevy Bolt with a drag coefficient of 0,32 “it’s a disaster for aero”.

I almost forgot that the battery upgraded Volkswagen e-Golf will also reach the 300 km NEDC range goal. Just don’t expect deliveries before November this year.



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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5 years ago

If that is the facelifted Leaf it is a huge huge improvement…
Will be intersting to see if Nissan drops their price with the Bolt coming out…
A facelifted Leaf probably means the Leaf 2 is still 2 years away…

5 years ago

There is no facelift Leaf coming, only two new battery options with the LG Chem. So early 2017 Leaf 1 with 30 kWh and 40+ kWh and some months later Leaf 2 which will be presented also this year.
Thats what insideevs is hinting, (also in their comments that Leaf 1 is not produced so long as many think… ). Why I would trust them:
– they release the info to the 84 miles Leaf first
– they know from the 107 mile Leaf first (but hold back the story until some others released)
Thats because they are familar with a Nissan employee.

5 years ago

I am not sure, but it makes not much sense for me if they really only put the 30 and >40 kWh in Leaf 1 for some months (3-5 months). Putting in the batteries make sense, its like a warm up for Leaf 2.
I think here are the best infos:
“upgraded Nissan LEAF arriving in early 2017”
And here they give a hint Leaf 2 will be presented also soon.
“next-generation LEAF (which will happen in the very near term – trust us)” And the comments also interesting from Jay Cole:
Here is a comment Leaf 1 will not be produced as long as many thinks…

So if I get this infos right: Leaf 1 with new battery options at Paris Autosalon; at dealers December 2016 / January 2017

Leaf 2 presentation in LA Autoshow in November to steal customers from the Bolt. Same battery options like Leaf 1 but with one more on top like Bolt and with Pro Pilot 1.0. Production start first half 2017, maybe 4-5 months after presentation.