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The BMW i3 is the nameplate car for BMW's vision for sustainable mobility with its all-electric drivetrain. We take a look back at how far the i3 has come.

Text | Idris Talib
Photos | BMW & Low Fai Ming
2 April 2019
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BMW showcases its electric vehicle development with the all-electric E1 Concept. It had similar features of the BMW i3, such as its small dimensions and a lightweight body.
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Project i is unveiled, a think-tank for sustainable mobility. Part of the project showcased future ideas of the Megacity Vehicle Concept, offering a glimpse into what the BMW i3 will look in the future.
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BMW launches the new 'i' sub-brand, with the unveiling of the BMW i3 Concept.
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BMW unveils the road going version of the i3. Aside from being all-electric, the i3 is also BMW's smallest model yet. It is also the first series-production electric car to feature Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP).
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BMW launches the i3 in Singapore. Its 60Ah battery gives it a range of 160km. A range extender (REx) option, powered by a 647cc two-cylinder engine, allows for a total of up to 300km in range.
At the same time, BMW Asia introduces the 360-degree ELECTRIC programme in Singapore. It consists of a complete suite of charging services, including a home charger installed for every purchase of a BMW i3 or i8.
BMW Group and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) embark on a $1.3 billion electromobility research project, with the BMW i3 and i8 as models to base research on. Conducted at NTU's Future Mobility Research Lab, the study focuses on real-life driver behaviour and vehicle performance, as well as new traffic prediction technologies.
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BMW puts a bigger 94Ah battery in the i3, allowing for 200km of range for every day use. The i3 REx version allows for a total of 330km in range.
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BMW launches the i3s, a performance-oriented variant of the i3. Lower and wider, it makes a total of 135kW. The i3 and i3s also receives updated styling ques.
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BMW introduces an updated traction control system in the i3s, working in conjunction with the eDrive system. It works 50 times faster than the previous system, allowing for a more dynamic driving experience.
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The i3 gets updated with a bigger 120Ah battery whilst retaining the same physical size as the 94Ah one used in the existing i3, bringing a 9.2kWh increase in energy capacity. The i3 now has a usable every day range of 260km.
To support its initiatives for sustainable mobility, the German Embassy in Singapore acquires a BMW i3, making it the first embassy here to use an electric vehicle for official use.
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With electrification being one of the core pillars in BMW Group's NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy for the future, BMW i Ventures - a venture capital unit - will make investments in areas such as autonomous driving and digitisation allowing continued access to technologies of the future.

Plus, four new all-electric models are planned for mass production from now till 2021:
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BMW has scheduled for production of the BMW iX3, an all-electric Sports Activity Vehicle based on the X3. It will feature BMW's fifth generation of all-electric powertrains, with a expected range of over 400km
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BMW will start production of the Vision iNEXT Concept, which spearheads future innovations not just on electric powertrain technology. It will combine autonomous driving and connectivity services - with a range of over 600km in test cycles.
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The BMW i Vision Dynamics concept will also see series production in the form of the BMW i4, making it the first all-electric sedan from BMW.