BMW's new electric car 2020

 



Mr. Zimmer, who doesn’t try to describe these “compositions” in sentences (he is the first to allow that it’s nearly impossible to describe music with words), has a somewhat more ethereal view.

This inflammatory slogan, no doubt upsetting the swarm of traditional car dealers trooping around the hall, was in reference to Volvo profiling its move towards car subscription, much in the same way we buy smartphones, over outright ownership. The stand was bold and had more than a whiff of the future about it, and as a consequence many of the automobile old-guard absolutely hated it.

Join the debate Comments 3 xxxx i 7 September 2020 Looks like BMW have just listed a lot of existing ICE cars and put an i in front of the name, if only it was that simple. Compromised car design is never as good purpose build. Log in or register to post comments Bernie Harper i-Cars 7 September 2020 BMW showed with the i3 and i8 how clever (and with the i8 how exciting) they can be.  My gut feeling however is that the i4 will be expensive and poor performer compared to the current leaders.  BMW used to be my favorite manufacturer but my disappointment now is palpable. So fingers crossed, but I don't hold out much hope they can do it. Log in or register to post comments Blue328 I share your disappointment 7 September 2020 I'm  on my fifth Beemer since 1986 ( I keep them a long time) and the current offerings leave me cold. I would like an electric Beemer,  but only pure electric- why drag two separate power sources around? Also, BMW will have to loose the oversized grille. Log in or register to post comments Add your comment Log in or register to post comments

As for the i4's design, we won't see that until sometime toward the end of 2020. All we know right now is that the i4 will look a lot like BMW's i Vision Dynamics concept, pictured here -- in other words, a modern take on a 4 Series Gran Coupe body style. The BMW Concept 4 from the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show will have some influence on this EV's design, too.

The states committed to developing a plan within six months to identify barriers and propose solutions to support widespread electrification, including potential financial incentives and ways to boost EV infrastructure. Trucks and buses represent 4 percent of U.S. vehicles, but account for nearly 25 percent of greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.

Share story News by Greg Kable 5 mins read 7 September 2020 Follow @@autocar BMW is dramatically ramping up its electric car offerings, with new i5 and i7 saloons set to headline an expanded line-up of nine models that will underpin an ambitious 10-year growth plan. The German manufacturer will launch the new cars as part of its new ‘Power of Choice’ sustainability plan, under which it has committed to selling more than seven million plug-in hybrid and pure-electric vehicles by the end of 2030. The new plan, which will also include two electric cars from the Mini brand, is the first major initiative to be overseen by Oliver Zipse since he was promoted to the top of the Munich company last summer. It is designed to make BMW a leader in electric vehicles sales against rival premium brands such as Audi, Jaguar, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and Tesla and to help it meet increasingly tough targets to cut the CO2 output of its new models. To date, the BMW Group has sold more than 500,000 electrified models across the BMW and Mini brands, but it expects that figure to have doubled by the end of 2021 as new electric and plug-in hybrid models are launched. It’s also ramping up the output of electric vehicles produced by its joint ventures, such as Spotlight Automotive, an operation that was recently established by Mini and Great Wall Motors in China. BMW expects to sell 4.6 million fully electric vehicles within the next 10 years – an average of 460,000 per year and a huge increase from the 42,249 sold last year (all of them an i3). It also expects to sell 2.4 million plug-in hybrids. To this end, it recently launched the six-cylinder petrol-electric 545e xDrive, which is aimed at the fleet market and is the fifth electrified 5 Series model. Having already committed to offering plug-in hybrid variants of every existing model in its line-up, BMW’s new plan calls for a considerable increase in pure-electric model range, which is initially set to include at least nine new models. These include the recently unveiled iX3 and will continue with next year’s i4 five-door coupĂ© and a production version of the iNext SUV (likely to be called the iX5).

The range is particularly impressive since BMW says the vehicle only has an 80kWh battery pack. (For reference, Tesla recently squeezed a similar 373 miles out of its own 100kWh battery pack.) There are likely a couple of factors at play here. One, it’s almost certain that BMW is basing this range figure on the European testing cycle, which tends to return more optimistic estimates. If that is the case, then the ultimate EPA-estimated range of the vehicle will be closer to 300 miles when all is said and done. Still great, but not “nearly 400 miles” great.

Innovation starts with i. Sustainability starts in Leipzig, where BMW i vehicles are assembled at one of the world’s most modern and eco-friendly factories. The process is entirely powered by the factory’s own wind turbines. At the Moses Lake plant – one of the largest CFRP plants on earth – energy is drawn from locally-sourced hydropower. Producing an i3, from first bolts to final inspection, takes 50% less energy and 70% less water.1

You’ve never met an electric vehicle that looks – or drives – like this. Each BMW i vehicle is built to harness electric power with innovative eDrive technology. The sleek, futuristic BMW i8 Coupe and i8 Roadster turn the tables on conventional plug-in hybrid design while delivering a massive 420 lb-ft of torque. And the incredibly efficient BMW i3 and i3s are among the fastest BMWs off the line, thanks to the instant, smooth acceleration of its all-electric engine.

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