BMW is working on an update for the i3 for 2017 model year that will reportedly bring a bigger electric range for the vehicle.

BMW is working on an update for the i3 for 2017 model year that will reportedly bring a bigger electric range for the vehicle.

The information was confirmed by Ian Robertson, BMW AG board member for sales and marketing, who told Automotive News at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show that the model will be equipped with an improved lithium ion battery pack, which will put the i3 “into a much more usable range.”

Our source claims the EV could get up to 50 percent increase in battery capacity, which means the range could jump to around 120 miles (193 kilometers). Currently the vehicle offers an 80-mile (129 km) range.

The extra range for the i3 would reportedly come thanks to a higher-density battery, improved software, and better electronics. Other improvements are also planned for the i3 range-extended model, but details are not available at the moment.

Last year BMW managed to sell 24,057 units of the i3 worldwide, representing an increase of nearly 50 percent over 2014. In the US the model is available at $43,350 for the standard model and $47,200 for the range-extender model.

Note: BMW i3 Shadow Sport Edition pictured.

Source: Automotive News

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