BMW i4 to arrive in 2021 with a 373-mile range

BMW’s i3 was ahead of its time, but it has had few upgrades since its 2013 unveiling, and the company has fallen behind in the electrification race. Now the Bavarian automaker is making a bid to get back on the lead lap, launching three new EV models over the next couple of years.

The iX3, iNEXT and i4 will employ BMW’s fifth-generation eDrive technology, which features an integrated drive system with the motor, transmission and power electronics in a single housing, as well as improved battery cell technology. BMW says its future electric motors will no longer require rare earth minerals.

BMW recently released some details of the i4, a four-door coupe that’s expected to arrive in 2021. The BMW Group developed the i4’s electric drive components, charging unit and battery pack in-house. The new EV will deliver maximum output of 390 kW (530 hp). The 80 kWh battery pack weighs 550 kg, and is expected to offer a range of around 373 miles. The onboard charger offers speeds of up to 150 kW, allowing the battery to be charged to 80% in around 35 minutes.

The i4 will be manufactured at the company’s main plant in Munich. By 2023, the BMW Group plans to offer some 25 electrified models.

Source: BMW via Green Car Congress

  • Lance Pickup

    The specs look great, if not a little bit unbelievable. Is the 373 miles NEDC by any chance? 373 miles on EPA or even WLTP would be quite impressive for an 80kWh battery. This will really be something to watch.

    • Bob Green

      for 373 miles you will have to drive it like an old lady. A BMW driver likes to drive more “PEPPY” and this will knock the range back down by about 30%

      • onlineo

        More like 60%. The figure even for wltp is not credible.

  • morrisg

    Let’s say the 373 miles is NEDC, so reduce by 20% implies 298 miles EPA from an 80 kw-hr battery. That’s believable. What isn’t believable is 373 miles from an 80 kw-hr battery as that implies 214 watt-hrs per mile, or better than my Model 3 from an SUV shape with much greater frontal area and thus greater drag.
    What’s nice is that BMW is developing a compact drive unit that includes motor and drive electronics and reduction gear in a single package, like Tesla does. I’m not sure about the efficiency however, as they are not using rare earths so that implies a pure induction motor drive (like early Tesla Model S) so lower efficiency to lower the costs. Wrong choice, too bad. See Model 3 for counterexample.