The Range of The 2021 BMW i4 Is Revealed Including Horsepower
A few weeks ago, Torque News was in Munich in a tour inspired by the German Trade and Investment group (GTAI). As part of the tour we visited the BMW Welt, which is a combined exhibition, delivery, adventure, museum and event venue, located next to the Olympic Park in the immediate vicinity of the BMW global headquarters in Munich.
BMW i4 in BMW Welt
The BMW World is the most popular tourist attraction in Bavaria attracting 3.5 million visitors a year. Every possible BMW in all markets are presented here. Restaurants and cafes make it a desirable attraction for tourists.
And there in the center there was this beautiful red color BMW i4 concept, which was very prominently presented in the exhibition.
You know, the problem with concept cars is that not every concept car becomes a production car. But as prominently as the BMW i4 was presented you could say that BMW was taking pride in it and as i8 is going away, the i4 will continue BMW’s electric legacy. It was clear BMW had big plans for i4 and they wanted visitors to note this.
BMW i4 Range, Speed and HP
As Roadshow learned yesterday the BMW i4 electric car will go into production in 2021. This will be BMW's answer to Tesla Model 3. It will be powered by an 80-kilowatt-hour battery, producing 530 horsepower. The BMW i4 EV will accelerate from 0 to 60 in 4 seconds and will have an impressive 373-mile range per one charge. It will develop a speed of 120 MPH.
BMW is making a huge offensive with its plan of 25 electric vehicles. By the year 2023 BMW will have 25 electric vehicles in the market. Interestingly, BMW planned to achieve this goal by 2025. But now, seeing how popular EVs are and how consumer demand is rising for EVs BMW revised its plan to achieve its EV goal from 2025 to 2023. The company wants to achieve this goal 2 years faster and put EVs in the market earlier.
Imagine, in the next 3 years we will see 23 electric BMWs on roads. This is a tall order.
70 percent of BMW‘s electric customers are first time BMW buyers. The world is changing, and BMW thinks the e-mobility is a totally new market for automakers.
The BMW i3 was the company's first zero emission mass-produced EV. The i3 was a new and a huge step for BMW. But things are evolving very fast for the German leading automaker. In the next couple of years BMW will produce EVs that will reach 400 miles. Therefore, it’s not surprising that the BMW i4 will have a 373 miles of range per charge.
New Generation of EV Batteries Will Transform EVs
In Munich we were told that BMW is working on a new generation of batteries. It’s possible to build batteries with longer range, but we were told regarding battery making you need to consider the environmental impact. EV batteries come with a cost.
BMW says that, on a 150-kW DC fast charger, the i4 should be able to achieve an 80% charge in about 35 minutes. For comparison, BMW notes that the i4 can add about 62 miles of range in about 6 minutes, while it takes the current i3 hatchback about 17 minutes to do the same.
New and more efficient battery technologies will keep the EV range anxiety in check and contribute to more widespread adoption of electric cars. I am expecting BMW i4 to seriously disrupt the EV marketplace seriously challenging the existing electric cars with its range, attractiveness and appeal. What about you?
Please, comment below about what you think of the new 2021 BMW i4, its specs and range and see you in the next story.
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