The article states about the i3:
"Since its market launch, it has been the most widely sold electric vehicle in the premium compact segment."
What are some other examples of premium compact segment EV's? Or is this just a meaningless marketing boast?
"The BMW Group will continue to further develop this vehicle and currently plans to extend production until at least 2024."
Coming from an official BMW press release, this is encouraging. However, for sales to continue to grow or to at least not decline significantly, vehicle development would likely need to include updates more significant than battery pack capacity increases.
"Experience obtained by customers who use a BMW i3 from the first years of production shows that even with the original battery, the achievable vehicle range decreases only marginally even after high mileage."
Both the actual range and Batt. Kapa. max value of our 1 August 2014 BEV have decreased by ~15% over only 10k miles of driving under extremely ideal conditions for an EV. I wouldn't describe our range decrease as marginal. However, maybe my experience is an outlier although I have read quite a few reports of significant actual range decreases by 60 Ah i3 owners.
"Not one BMW i3 high-voltage battery has had to be replaced due to premature ageing to date."
I find this difficult to believe. I have read several reports of i3 battery pack replacements performed under warranty including replacements because of more than a 30% capacity decrease. Maybe BMW doesn't consider a bad battery cell to be "premature ageing".
2014 BMW i3 Arravani Grey, Giga World, Tech + Driving Assist, Parking Assist, DC Fast Charging, JuiceBox EVSE