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