The design of the BMW i3.

It all began with a blank sheet of paper. To help us think beyond the horizon, we first had to rethink the very concept of the car more fundamentally than ever before. This opened up new avenues for us to explore. And given that, in a car, each piece of the puzzle depends on all the others, electric driving took on entirely new forms – forms that reflect a whole new take on urban living. While the BMW i3 is immediately recognisable as a genuine BMW, a closer look at its exterior, for example, will illustrate how its sensational design is nevertheless transforming our image of mobility.
Progressive and at the same time eminently sustainable, the design of the BMW i3 has won numerous awards. The international accolades include such prestigious honours as the iF gold product design award, the World Green Car award and the World Car Design of the Year award.

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Together with his team of development engineers, Head of Design Benoît Jacob created a vehicle that is geared to sustainable electromobility throughout. With the LifeDrive module, a completely new vehicle architecture was developed, consisting of two independent units: the Life module, comprising the passenger cell made of carbon, and the aluminium Drive module, with chassis and drive train components as well as the high-voltage battery. At the same time the car’s unique character emerges most clearly in the interior: innovative and sustainable materials such as carbon and wood are not just used in the car but carefully highlighted. In this way the BMW i3 creates new values that are not only visible but tactile as well.


Electric mobility is a win-win situation - when it is designed systematically from the ground up. For example, locating the relatively compact electric motor at the rear creates space at the front for the wheels to turn further in, making the car easier to park and more manoeuvrable. Another defining feature of the sustainability of the BMW i3 is the large yet narrow tyres and the aerodynamic wheel rims. Both features help reduce rolling resistance, perfecting the overall performance of the BMW i3 while out and about.

  • Carbon construction
  • LED headlights
  • Black Belt
  • BMW i kidney grille


There is no centre tunnel between the driver and the front-seat passenger. There is also no B-pillar between the opposing doors.
Inside the BMW i3 you can experience sustainability at first hand, because a large proportion of the materials used here are sourced from renewable and recycled raw materials. At the same time they underscore the sophistication and spaciousness of the interior, giving rise to an elegant, loft-like atmosphere and taking the overall sustainability to the next level.



The standard equipment version ATELIER offers an authentic, high-quality material experience. Genuine and comprehensible material contrasts support the lively impression of this interior world. The material combination 'Neutronic' Aragaz Grey accentuates the modernity of the interior.
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The LOFT equipment version imparts the impression of stylish equilibrium and balance. From the naturally futuristic sphere of KENAF, light materials create a pleasant, calm interior atmosphere. Specifically positioned BMW i blue accents accentuate the puristic appearance.The bright instrument panel with BMW i grain structure combines with the bright leather steering wheel to create modern design accents.
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LODGE combines novel high quality with a natural aesthetic.In combination with the wool/natural leather combination ‘Solaric’ Cassia, bBright surfaces create a friendly and open atmosphere. The accent in the leather steering wheel is satin silver here. Black, limed eucalyptus wood with open pores from certified sustainable forestry management makes the wood in the interior something to be experienced in a new way.
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The natural leather combination of 'Stellaric' Dalbergia Brown from naturally-tanned leather, which is used on the instrument panel and seats, helps SUITE to underline its premium credentials. Black, limed eucalyptus wood with open pores impresses as an exclusive detail. Matt galvanised accents throughout the interior round off the sophistication of this equipment version.
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Power consumption and CO2 emissions for the BMW i3:
Fuel consumption in l/100km (combined): 0
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 0
Power consumption in kWh/100km (combined): 12.9

Power consumption and CO2 emissions for the BMW i3 with Range Extender:
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 13
Power consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 13.5
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (kombiniert): 0.6

The driving range depends on a variety of factors, especially: personal driving behaviour, selected route, weather conditions, usage of heating/cooling and preconditioning.
The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption depend on the wheel and tyre sizes selected.
Further information about the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions for new passenger automobiles can be found in the 'New Passenger Vehicle Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emission Guidelines', which are available free of charge at all sales outlets and from DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern, Germany.

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