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.