awards13 Apr 2017

The new BMW i3 94Ah has been named as the inaugural winner of the 2017 World Urban Car Award at the New York International Auto Show. Launched in 2014, the born electric BMW i3 represents a new era of electromobility offering: visionary design, ground-breaking vehicle architecture, dynamic performance and innovative connectivity. No other car represents such a holistic approach to sustainability throughout the value chain.

Mike Rutherford, World Car vice-chairman commented, “It's an award whose time has come. This year's winner in our inaugural World Urban Car category proves that these small vehicles don't have to be cheap, undesirable and unpleasant to drive. Quite the opposite, it is among the best value-for-money products on the market.”

The BMW i3 94Ah in Protonic Blue

The new BMW i3 94Ah offers 50% increased battery capacity (33kWh) thanks to the higher energy density of the lithium ion cells. The BMW i team worked to ensure that the battery dimensions remain unchanged while still offering a significant range increase. The driving performance figures of the 170hp AC synchronous electric motor remain virtually unchanged. The motor propels the BMW i3 from 0 to 60mph in just over seven seconds making the BMW i3 the sportiest and most efficient electric vehicle in the premium segment. With the introduction of the BMW i3 94Ah, BMW i now also offers a new BMW Home Charger Connect, a residential charging station designed for comfortable and fast home charging featuring additional connected functions.

The BMW i3 94Ah structure

“We are delighted and honoured that the BMW i3 has been recognised as the World Urban Car of the Year. This award highlights BMW Group’s commitment to sustainable mobility through BMW’s first all-electric vehicle made primarily of carbon fiber. The design brief for the BMW i3 was to create a Mega City Vehicle for the cities of the future. Today, the new 2017 BMW i3 (94 Ah) provides more range paired with a high-level of dynamic performance, making it the perfect urban vehicle for people around the world,” said Ludwig Willisch, Head of BMW Group Region Americas.

Find out more about BMW i3 here.

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