Without the 1602e, it’s possible that BMW wouldn’t be where it is today with innovative electric cars like the i3 or the i8.
Let’s take a look back at it all started.
BMW used 12 normal 12V car batteries in the 1602, but they were all combined to function as a single, massive cell. Combined, the batteries weighed 771 lbs.
Lightweight lithium-Ion battery tech that's used commonly today wasn't available back then, so the 12 batteries that are used in the 1602e were lead-acid type.
The batteries were combined with an electric motor from Bosch. Unfortunately, the car had a limited range of just 37 miles.
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