The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a recall on 2019 BMW i3, BMW i3 with range extender and BMW i8 models. The recall notice mentions a faulty high-voltage control module could cause the vehicle to lose power.
BMW issued the recall in August and it affects vehicles built between December of 2018 and late March of 2019. It specifically concerns something called the Electric Motor Electronics (EME) module and a defect that could lead to increased resistance inside the module. This would cause the module to shut off high-voltage power to the drive system, resulting in a loss of propulsion.
BMW also says that the 12-volt power systems which operate the power steering system and the power brake booster, should remain totally functional.
The fix will be conducted by the dealers and involves removing the old EME module and replacing it with a new one.
Notices for owners of affected vehicles should start hitting mailboxes sometime around October 7.
Do you think this is a problem that might still persist in some of the newer BMW EV's to come out in the years ahead?
I don't think so because apparently not only is the i3 not dead, it's getting a battery upgrade.
The BMW i3 isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Better yet, the automaker has some sort of battery upgrade prepared for its small electric car.
Newly minted BMW CEO Oliver Zipse told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung that rumors of a production end date approaching are unfounded. His comments reaffirm the company's previous position when the Financial Times reported this past September that there will be no successor for the i3. Instead, the automaker says it will carry out production of this current model for several more years. The BMW i8 won't get the same grace and will expire this coming April.
"The car is already an icon today. Which car can claim this after only six years? Icons tick according to a different logic, they don't have a classic successor," Zipse told the newspaper. Again, he seemed to reaffirm the i3 doesn't exactly have a second generation in it, but it will stick around for awhile.
Zipse also told the newspaper there are battery upgrades planned for the electric car, though he didn't dive into specifics. Today, buyers will find a 42.2-kilowatt-hour battery in the car, which provides 155 miles of range. The automaker also sells the i3 REx, which includes a range extender in the form of a two-cylinder gasoline engine. BMW says the range extender will allow the car to travel up 200 miles.
Any battery upgrade may not necessarily mean a larger physical battery. BMW has continued to use the same battery and cells, but the latter are more energy-dense.
Meanwhile, BMW has plenty of new electric vehicles in the pipeline for when the time comes to retire the i3. The company plans to launch 25 electrified BMW models by 2023, and 12 of them are purely electric. The automaker bumped the timeline forward by two years this past June and said it's not rushing any new EVs, but it decided to build more of them.
The next electric cars include a production version of the iNext flagship SUV concept and the iX3 electric SUV.