BMW has emerged as Europe’s electric standard-bearer. Its i3 EV, which is to go on sale in Germany in November, has proven so popular that the company may increase production, and a spokesman recently said that the company is “planning to have a plug-in hybrid in each and every model series.”
All this has led to much speculation about what other electrified goodies the Bavarians may have planned for the future. Any mention of the word “electric” by anyone connected with BMW (or Mini) is rushed on to the web as breaking news. This week, What Car? reported that “a senior BMW source” said that the success of Tesla’s Model S has led to discussions within the i project about a new model that would be larger than the i3.
However, it seems that discussions are all that has happened so far. “No decision has been taken,” the mysterious insider told the British auto mag. “In fact, there’s still not an absolute decision that the car, if it is called i5, should even happen. Many, including myself, believe that there is potential. Then if we decide the car should happen, we need to decide if it is a regular sedan or something where the passengers are sitting slightly higher up. Then after that we need to decide whether a car of this size can be a fully electric edition, like the i3, or whether it needs to be a range-extender – or perhaps even a plug-in hybrid.”
Don’t touch that dial!
Source: What Car?