The highlight of the BMW program at the Geneva Motor Show was the new X4 crossover and the concept sedan of the M8 Gran Coupe . However, no less interesting were the statements from the company's top managers about the upcoming electric models.
BMW i4 Unvelied
Thus, Harald Kruger, the head of BMW group, finally unveiled the name of the future purely electric sedan. The car will be called BMW i4, and it will be based on the BMW i Vision Dynamics concept, shown last fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show. However, it is by no means a fact that the serial car will preserve the appearance of the concept and its estimated characteristics: 372 miles of range per charge, a maximum speed of 125 miles per hour and a 0-60 acceleration in 4 seconds.
Much more important is the location of the i4's manufacturing. It's said that the BMW i4 will not be manufactured in Leipzig, but at the company's headquarters in Munich. As Torque News readers may know, BMW i3 and i8 electric cars are made in Leipzig.
BMW is Adapting Just Like Daimler Benz
Munich specializes in the production of BMW's Series 3s and Series 4s. Therefore, BMW i4 will be made on the platform of Series 3. Thus, BMW is following the path of Daimler, adapting all its factories to flexible production of both traditional and electric cars. In other words, a plant must be able to produce both ICE and electric cars regardless of its location.
According to BMW the production version of i4 will be one of 12 new all-electric models it plans to launch by 2025.
According to preliminary data, the launch of the BMW i4 was expected in 2021, but Kruger's statement may indicate a reduction of time and the BMW i4 may arrive sooner than 2021. We don't know the price of i4 yet, but Tesla better hurry with the deliveries of its Model 3.
Mini EV's Production in China and Prospects
Peter Schwarzenbauer, a BMW board member said that the Mini EV will definitely come earlier than i4. Speaking of the prospects of the company in Geneva he said that Mini EV will be produced in China.
Last month the Bavarian car maker signed a protocol of intent with Great Wall Motors Company Limited, which is a Chinese automobile manufacturer headquartered in Baoding, Hebei in China. However, even if nothing happens from this alliance, BMW will find another site.
After all, according to the terms of the Chinese authorities, government subsidies are only for electric vehicles with local components. The Chinese market is expected to become the main consumer of Mini EVs.
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