Electric cars today are already somewhat a mainstay of the roads on countries such as China, USA, Japan and much of Europe. The trend today is that automakers are making electric vehicles that soon will no longer be just a trend, Electric Vehicles or EV’s will be only cars, like Gas Powered or Internal Combustion Engine cars are today. The electric effect is now in full force, with established brands committing to offering a wider range of pure electric vehicles in the future, while those who depend heavily on diesel are seeing sales falter.
BMW Electric Vehicles
As for electric vehicles on BMW, first to be launched according to plans would be the EV Mini Cooper this year, SUV type BMW iX3 will launch in 2020, then in 2021 the BMW iNEXT and BMW i4. By that time, they already have released their four core electric vehicle models that emphasize their commitment to future mobility.
BMW i4 looks a lot like a 4 Series Grand Coupe
The i4 looks a lot like a standard 4-series Gran Coupe, according to the design director the BMW EV’s will look closer to the cars we have already in the market today. With i4 it looks a conventional sedan type of vehicle only that it is fully electric powered, it is a four-door coupe belonging to the premium mid-range class.
BMW i4 Tech Specs
It has a two electric motors, all-wheel drive and torque vectoring also has the Fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology which means this model will rely on the so-called Generation 5 battery pack, which is significantly smaller than its predecessors. The modular architecture of the model will be shared with other upcoming EVs from BMW, offering front-, rear-, and all-wheel-drive layout, depending on the vehicle type. Which means the electric motor, transmission, and electronics will sit on the front or rear axles, or both in AWD configurations. There will be an 80kWh battery that will charge at 150kW and give a range up to 370 miles. The motors will produce 530bhp, giving a 0-62mph time of 4 seconds and a top speed of 125mph.
The consensus on electric vehicles is that the buyers/customers don’t seem to care much about futuristic or out of this world design, they prefer the conventional-looking car electric version that combines a dynamic design with inspiring performance and a high level of ride comfort. BMW will begin building the i4 in its hometown of Munich, Germany, in 2021, meaning the model might not arrive in American showrooms until the 2022 model year.