Electrification is slowly spreading throughout BMW’s line-up – over the next three years the Bavarians plan to introduce electric versions of up to three models in their current fleet, as well as updating the two models of the i sub-brand, Autocar reported. Chairman Harald Krüger has announced that the company hopes to deliver 100,000 electric and hybrid vehicles this year.
A new 4 Series GT will be launched in gas, plug-in hybrid and electric variants in 2019, and the EV version is scheduled go on sale in the UK in 2020. The new EV is expected to offer performance on a par with the fastest of today’s 3 Series GT models, a range of up to 311 miles and a starting price under £40,000.
BMW is said to be considering two options for the 4 Series’s electric powertrain. The first uses a front-mounted electric motor and an “electric propeller shaft” to drive the rear wheels. The second would use two electric motors, like the system found in the upcoming electric X3, offering a choice between front and four-wheel drive.
An electric version of the Mini is due next year, to be followed in 2019 by the electric X3.