Sales of electric cars are already growing strongly all over the world. Driven by politics, the electric car is at the heart of the automakers’ strategy. Many have announced the electrification of all their car production lines. The range offered to the public will be increasingly supplied while diesel sees its sales collapse.
In an interview with British media Autoexpress, BMW executives declared an electric climax in the next few years. The brand will launch 25 electrified cars in three years and an electric series 1 version in 2022.
What are the expectations for the electric BMW cars after the i3 and the i8?
The well-established automaker has presented a few prototypes like the iNEXT SUV, the iX3 and the i4, yet they did not hint at its longer-term zero-emission strategy. We now can understand a little more after the announcements of brand managers in the expositions of Autoexpress. They explained in particular that a 100% electric model based on the 1 Series will be available for users by the year 2021. Those are some good news at the moment while SUVs monopolize the high-end electric automobile industry.
BMW would also be planning to market 12 completely-electric autos and 13 plug-in hybrid models by 2023. The brand-new dedicated policies would allow the company even more adaptability to the different consumers’ needs, allowing it to release smaller designs, as announced by Robert Irlinger, head of the BMW electrical sector. All of the company’s models should, therefore, include electric and hybrid-rechargeable motors. The company executive also verified that the i3 will have no updated or upcoming versions.
BMW Upcoming Electric Cars Releases
Prices are falling, models are increasing and networks of charging stations are becoming denser in order to meet higher demand.
We have taken a closer look at the future BMW electric cars that will swamp the market in the coming months over the next few years.
• BMW iX3 electric
The automaker recently posted new images of its all-electric SUV to be released in 2021. The iX3 incorporates BMW’s fifth-generation eDrive technology, which combines the electric motor, gears and power electronics in one single unit.
It also has a fifth-generation electric motor, particularly produced for the BMW sports range. The German automaker also announced it was operating on a fast charge of 150 kW; which means the battery can be fully charged in less than 30 minutes.
• The BMW i4
The automaker verified at the 2018 Geneva Auto Show that it will launch an i4 at the beginning of the upcoming decade. It will be based on the Series 4 Gran Coupé to give it a more sporty appearance. It will presumably be released before the more substantial i5, which was previewed by the i Vision Dynamics concept.
Although not formally verified, power is expected to be generated in a front-mounted electric engine that will power the rear wheels. This is BMW’s most advanced electric design, which will additionally arrive in Munich’s next iX3 electric SUV.
• The BMW i5
The automaker unveiled the Vision Dynamics i concept coupe at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. It is previewing a mid-size sedan in the BMW i series, which will likely be named i5. The launch is scheduled for 2022