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BMW i3 REx to be discontinued for 2019 model year in Europe

BMW’s European customers who are looking forward to have a new range extender version of the 2019 BMW i3 (BMW i3 REx) will have to bear a bad news from the German premium carmaker. They won't be able to get a new one as BMW will stop producing and offering the i3 REx in Europe starting 2019 model year.

It should be noted that BMW still listed the i3 REx in the 2019 model year specification, although its Web site aren’t offering any information about the ranger extender version anymore. This has led to confusion, with many still assuming that that REx version of the i3 would still be available for the upcoming model year. To an extent, there is some truth to this, since while the 2019 BMW i3 REx will be discontinued in Europe, it will still be offered in the United States.

At first glance, it may seem odd that BMW would discontinue the range extender version of the i3, after all the REx had accounted for 60 percent of the model’s sales, despite being around £,3150 more expensive than a standard i3, which is pure electric. However, the true appeal of the i3 REx isn't really the combination of electric motors and a range-extending two-cylinder 650-cc petrol engine to provide additional charge to the drive battery. The true charm of the i3 REx lies on fact that it allows its driver to travel more distance even when the battery pack has reached a certain low charge.

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BMW is shifting towards e-mobility in the next few years

BMW strongly believes that the future will be all about the electrification, or should we say e-mobility. And this is why as early as now, they already have a vision for the next decade, at least until 2025.

Here, you can see the automaker’s product roadmap. It indicated that the automaker’s next e-mobility vehicle will be the i8 Roadster. Yes, it’s the same plug-in hybrid that made its debut at the recent 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. What makes it even better is that it seems like it will be joined by another plug-in hybrid next year that appears to be a crossover.

Moreover, MINI is also looking at the same direction, as they plan to launch an electric vehicle in 2019, and soon after, there will be another two or three plug-in hybrids in the same year. That’s sooner that you guys think. Later on in 2020, we shall also see the launch of the X3 EV and perhaps a plug-in hybrid. The following years will really be all about electrification, as many of us are also anticipating the reveal of the iNext.

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BMW is working on long-range electric vehicles that could rival Tesla

BMW is eyeing to soon launch electric vehicles that could travel up to 700 km (435 miles) before needing to be recharged for another full-electric zero-emission driving experience.

This capability would be made possible by BMW’s fifth generation of storage and powertrain technologies. These storage and powertrain technologies were reported to be making their debut on the upcoming BMW i5, which was recently previewed by the BMW i Vision Dynamics concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

BMW designed the new BMW i Vision Dynamics as a progressive, four-door Gran Coupe that envisions its future electric mobility between the BMW i3 and BMW i8. Harald Kruger, Chairman of the Board of Management at BMW AG, remarked that the BMW i Vision Dynamics concept visualizes how the German carmaker partly plans to implement its NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy. This strategy partly entails the offering of around 25 electrified models – 12 of which will be all-electric – by 2025.

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BMW i3 Spaghetti Car is sold to Swiss collector at charity auction for €100,000

Whether you’re the artsy type who loves unique cars or you are really into anything that features your favorite food, you’ll go crazy over this BMW i3 that had just been auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Well, let us first give you some history on how this one-of-a-kind car came to be. First of all, the original owner probably got this new model from the dealership for less than $50,000, he then wrapped it in a pattern no one would expect to see. True enough, someone spent €100,000 or around $117,000 for it.

The “Spaghetti Car” is by artists Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, and it was sold at the Fourth Annual Saint-Tropez Gala. The person who took this car home was apparently a Swiss collector who grabbed the car after some “intense bidding”. The package comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by the two artists.

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What has BMW been up to lately? The company recently announced that they are currently focusing on electrification, and so far, their new architecture will enable “electrification of every model series”. In other words, all brands and all models can already be electrified in the near future – as either a full-electric version or as plug-in hybrid powertrain one. The company plans to make these available by the end of the decade. There will definitely be more fully-electric vehicles in the next generation.

On July 25, the company confirmed that the fully electric MINI 3 door variant will be the company’s core model. But production for this model will not begin its production until 2019. By doing that, MINI customers will have more choices when it comes to powertrains. Soon, choices will range from petrol, diesel internal combustion engine, a plug-in hybrid, and a battery electric vehicle. Since it is the BMW Group that is starting this, the MINI’s electric drivetrain will first be built at the Plant Dingolfing and Landshut in Bavaria, before it gets shipped to the Oxford Plant where the MINI 3 door models are being built.

The Dingolfing and Landshut plants are vital to the company’s global production network as the company’s global competence center for electric mobility, said Oliver Zipse, BMW AG Management Board member for Production. He then added that their system can adapt to rapidly changing customer demands, and that it is innovative. Though they have not done this yet, they are confident that they can quickly increase production of electric drivetrain components quickly if it is necessary.

Read the entire article BMW has a new plan for electrifying every model you can think of

There is an ongoing rumor going around the automotive community, and it’s aimed at BMW. The rumor? The German marque has reportedly axed the i5 Electric vehicle concept. These supposed rumors seems to come from "unnamed sources" at BMW, according to BMWBLOG. So is this finally goodbye for the BMW i5 electric vehicle?

Since BMW's i division was revealed in 2011, it only offered 2 models to customers, specifically the i3 hatchback and the i8 supercar. Around last month, the German automobile magazine Auto Bild reported that the 3 model in the line-up of the German marque is already in production and is set to be debuted at the end of the decade. However, several unnamed sources have allegedly claimed that the German automaker is cancelling its supposed plans for producing the i5 vehicle, which was reported to be a higher-range, larger and more cost efficient compared to its predecessor, the i3.

As of now, there is no official announcement coming from BMW, but BMW Blog indicated that the German marque will instead set its priority on the electrified version of the next-gen X3 and the 4 Series GT, as well as the future forerunner of the iNext lineup. Furthermore, until it will be made available in the start of the next decade, the German marque will only have 3 models- the 13, 18 and the up and coming 18 Spyder.

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There are already rumors suggesting that the next generation BMW 5-Series GT is expected to be joining the 6-Series range. The latest reports instead tell us that that 3-Series GT will also be transitioning to the next level. Are any of these true?

Autocar reported earlier that this is actually what BMW has in store for the upcoming 3-Series GT. It should be noted though that the current 3-Series line has had its mid-cycle refresh only recently. In that case, the 4-Series GT or what is believed to be its new successor may be way too far ahead.

If ever, the new member of the 4-Series family should arrive sometime in 2019 as a 2020 year model. According to the insider, BMW by that time should come out with better-performing EVs and it only makes sense if they will be offering an electric version of this as well. At the very least, BMW is expected to come out with an electric X3 within the next three years.

Read the entire article Will the all-electric BMW 4-Series GT be a real rival for the Tesla Model S?

It seems like BMW will be implementing a major overhaul of its strategy, which should result to the arrival of electrified versions of its three current models. One of these models would be an electric variant of the upcoming BMW 4 Series GT, according to a report by Autocar.

Citing people privy with BMW’s plans, Autocar reported that the new 4 Series GT is planned to directly replace the current BMW 3 Series GT and indirectly supplant the 4 Series Gran Coupé, which has been experiencing low demand since its inception. This strategy would be similar to a plan involving the BMW 6 Series GT, which is set to replace the BMW 5 Series GT in the lineup this year. BMW is planning to launch an electric version of the 6 Series GT in 2018.

Meanwhile, for the new 4 Series GT, the German premium carmaker will introduce the conventionally powered versions in 2019, to be followed by electric and plug-in hybrid variants. To be underpinned by newly developed platform for the eighth-generation 3 Series, the electric version of the 4 Series GT – set to compete against the Tesla Model 3 -- could be up for sale as early as 2020 in the United Kingdom. According to the report, the performance level of the electrically powered 4 Series GT would be more or less similar to the top-performing version of the current 3 Series GT – the BMW 335d GT, which offers the 317 bhp of max output and 630 Nm of peak torque. This means that the electric motor system for the battery-powered 4 Series GT should have a total system output of around 350 bhp to match the performance of the top BMW 335d GT.

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When the German automaker powerhouse BMW revealed its Vision Next 100 Concept, the vehicle looked like it belonged to a sci-fi movie with its futuristic flexible skin-like body and radical interior. Now BMW has officially announced that it will send the futuristic automobile into production probably around 2021 in an effort to expand its i-sub trademark of electric vehicles. However, the production iNEXT will likely not look as cool and radical as the fundamental concept.

The BMW 7 series was considered the company's flagship unit for a long time, but all that will possibly change once the iNext will be released with an full electric powertrain. This futuristic vehicle from Bavaria will possibly be produced as a crossover if the rumours circulating are true. The German automaker disclosed that the iNext will be a "bigger vehicle", and BMWBLOG has it on good authority that it will be perhaps identical with regards to its shape and size as the Jaguar I-Pace that is anticipated to arrive probably this year.

The German automaker also further revealed that it will bring to play the self-driving tech that will enable the iNext to pass the Level 3 Autonomy requirements for it to be made worthy of its current position as BMW's range topper. Level 3 autonomy will allow the vehicle to drive itself in most situations, but will still need a human driver that will intervene if needed. But the iNEXT isn't the only one to boast a Level 3 autonomy, the bragging rights belong to the 2018 Audi A8 as it will be the first ever production vehicle to have a Level 3 autonomy. However, it won't be available from day one due to the laws and regulations need to be updated first before allowing it.

Read the entire article BMW to roll out iNext EV as flagship model, rumored to be a self-driving crossover, by 2021

There is no doubt that our future will be electric cars. Earlier in March during the Geneva Motor Show, most car companies introduced new models to the public, with high hopes that the consumers will like their innovations. BMW, on the other hand, did not reveal any new models, deciding instead to focus on updating and electrifying what is already in the lineup.

So at the next international auto show, don’t be surprised if you spot a wagon version of the 5 series, or perhaps a subtly adapted 4 series. Harold Krüger, CEO of BMW believes in making their top-selling cars, even better. This strategy is to make customers happier than they already are with their current products.

In an interview, Krüger mentioned that they are transforming the company into a tech company and a mobility service provider. And as the company transforms, BMW will continue to focus on helping customers and providing them with what they desire. He further added that they do have plans on electrifying, and that they will be offering some sweet deal for the customers by bringing electric mobility to a new and unprecedented level. Their plan should not be a problem for the company it has more than enough funds to cover the costs it will be needing for future technologies. However, he believes that it takes time to develop something like this. He goes as far as compare it to a long-enduring marathon.

Read the entire article BMW shifts focus to building electric versions of current lineup, next i car is pushed back to 2021

Four main automakers have entered a Memorandum of Understanding to develop what may be Europe’s highest-powered charging network. The four main brands hope that this will signal the start of the move for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) to have a more mass-market appeal. This is because under the agreement, the brands will build a good number of charging stations to ensure that BEVs will have a longer travel range. The four companies are Ford Motor Company, Daimler AG, BMW Group, and the Volkswagen Group representing both the Audi and the Porsche.

With construction slated to being in 2017, the charging network is not only expected to offer a maximum of 350 kW in terms of power levels, but to also allow for faster charging. Though there will be 400 initial sites to be set-up across Europe, the group hopes that by 2020, BEV drivers will be able to recharge on a selection of thousands of charging stations. Another goal is to allow long-distance travel using open-network of charging stations placed on major roads and highways. At the present, this has not been seen to be feasible for many BEV drivers. The end goal is of course to make recharging as easy as refueling at standard gas stations.

The entire network will utilize the Combined Charging System standard technology with the infrastructure projected to eventually use the current AC and DC technical standards. Battery electric vehicles developed to allow for full charge at these stations will be able to recharge as well at brand-independent stations but at a faster rate. To ensure that BEV will have a strong acceptance in Europe, the group will make sure that the network will able to recharge all vehicles that are equipped with CCS.

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Sustainable mobility has been the battle-cry of the BMW Group since it launched BMW i three years ago in November 2013. Since then, the BMW Group has been relentless in delivering electrified vehicles on the road, including purely electric-powered cars and plug-in hybrids. In fact, as the German carmaker has disclosed, it has already delivered around 100,000 of these non-conventional vehicles to customers around the globe.

These deliveries are a testament to BMW Group’s role as a pioneer of innovation and technology. Since its establishment, BMW i has been the center of BMW Group’s efforts to offer sustainable vehicles – including purely electric-powered cars and plug-in hybrids -- to global customers. For the past three years, more than 60,000 units of the BMW i3 have been sold to discerning buyers, earning this car the recognition as the most successful EV in the premium compact segment. BMW commenced sales of the BMW i8 in mid-2014.

Since then, BMW Group has sold over 10,000 units of the BMW i8, making this offering the best-selling electrified sports cars. In addition, BMW Group has delivered around 30,000 plug-in hybrid vehicles – now sold under the BMW iPerformance label – so far. Thus, in total, BMW Group has effectively sold around 100,000 electrified offerings worldwide.

Read the entire article BMW celebrates milestone of 100,000 EVs sold, confirms arrival of X3 EV

The future is finally bright for BMW i3 after its project manager confirmed the coming of a second-generation model. Heinrich Schwackhoefer spoke to Automotive News lately and expressed his positive thoughts regarding the EV’s potential future. Schwackhoefer believes that the sub-brand is stable and that we can expect the i3 to have its successor.

We think the only problem is when will that be? Since the project manager cannot say anything more, our guess would be in 4 or 5 years? Or, maybe BMW wants to keep silent about the second-gen’s launch since it has only been only three years after it went on sale.

The BMW i3 as we know, didn’t sell as many units since its launch in 2013. At any rate, the poor sales figures didn’t stop them from looking at it with a positive perspective. Considering there were only 60,000 units sold around this time, we’re glad that the company never saw it as an epic failure.

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One of BMW’s most celebrated vehicles is the BMW 3 Series, a compact executive car that has been in the market since 1975. There have been six generations of the said vehicle, all of which come with a unique quality and charm. Now, another generation of the 3 Series is in the making that will take on challengers like Audi, Jaguar, Mercedes and even the leading automaker in electric vehicle development, Tesla. What does BMW have in store for us? Let’s take a sneak peak.

As far as what has been made known, the next generation 3 series will come with three, four and six-cylinder engines that will compete with the Audi A4 and Jaguar XE in terms of CO2 emissions. There are also plans to make a plug-in hybrid version and an all-electric version which will take on the Tesla Model 3. This next generation 3 Series will be codenamed G20 and will follow the current trend in using carbon fiber construction technology.

To further reduce weight, the G20 3 Series will adapt a new platform called the Cluster Architecture technology (CLAR) which was used in the 7 Series and will soon be used on the X7. It will make use of a combination of carbon viber and different kinds of metals.

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Competition has been very tight in the electric vehicle arena. Automakers have been rushing to create the nearest-to-perfect EV that has ever been built. As much as these EVs are a cheaper alternative to fuel powered vehicles, there are also issues that are yet to be solved by its engineers. As much as there are a lot of glitches for these vehicles under development and research, there will always be room for improvement and that is what BMW is currently working on.

The release of BMW’s electric vehicle, the i3, was very much anticipated way back in 2014. The i3 offers an innovative interior as well as a strong performance. What makes it even more appealing to the buyers is its electric powertrain which makes it the brand’s first zero emissions mass produced vehicle.

It is mostly made of carbon-fiber and aluminum structure and has a very good handling due to its low center of gravity. From testing, the 170 horsepower i3 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and it has a recorded top speed of 92 mph. With a single charge, the BMW i3 has a battery-only range of 81 miles. It makes a full charge in 3 hours on a 220-volt outlet. An optional Range Extender gas engine also comes in handy (you’ll never know when it’ll come useful so it’s better safe than sorry) and can extend the range to 150 miles.

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BMW has revealed its strategy for the next 10 years during its annual financial press conference. Its new strategy includes the introduction of the BMW i-Next early next decade, an all-new autonomous electric vehicle, BMW chief executive Harald Krueger disclosed.

He described the new BMW iNext as a symbol of BMW’s technology leadership and will demonstrate how the German premium carmaker will bring the future of mobility into series production.

Krueger remarked that the new iNext will cover all attributes considered as relevant in the future -- autonomous driving, intelligent lightweight construction and digital connectivity and trendsetting interior as well as next-generation electro-mobility.

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With the price of the gasoline on the decline, electric vehicles may become harder to sell, remarked Ian Robertson, chief of sales and marketing at BMW. The German company is one of the carmakers planning to build plug-in versions of its models. “There are some short-term changes that will occur in some countries,” Robertson remarked, adding the cheaper gasoline would make bigger-engine vehicle easier to sell.

With US pumping at the fastest rate in over three decades and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries refusing to reduce supply, oil prices have dropped 40 percent in the past 12 months. This has prompted car buyers to shift from pricier hybrid or electric vehicles to bigger models powered by conventional engines.

In fact, sales of hybrid and electric cars in US dropped 3.7 percent in 2014 to 570,475 units, according to the Electric Drive Transportation Association. But that failed to faze carmakers, which are very much concern about meeting legislations that veer towards a zero-emission future.

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If you think that a BMW i3 is a rare sight in Germany, a charging station that caters to the carmaker’s electric offers is even rarer. During a recent four-day test drive, which came a year after BMW launched the i3, the EV managed to cruise around 200km (125 miles) in Berlin, which one of the four cities picked by the German government to promote electric cars.

By the time the i3's battery indicator showed that it is running its last 10km, the EV had to be driven into one of the around 500 charging stations in Berlin. But that is also when the problem started to show up. The i3 visited three charging stations to recharge, but, two of them weren't part of BMW's payment system.

The third one was in a shopping mall, but didn't work. The situation underscores the current hurdle that electric driving has to surpass to entice people to embrace this kind of mobility. The situation also brings some questions on whether electric driving is really practical for urban consumers who have no garages or dedicated parking areas.

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BMW launched its brand new i DC Fast Chargers at the Plug-in 2014, the conference dedicated to discussing key issues for the long-term success of electric vehicles. According to the manufacturer, the new BMW I DC Fast Charger was developed in collaboration with Bosch Automotive Service Solution and can charge the i3 all-electric vehicle’s battery up to 80 percent in just 30 minutes.

If the conventional DC fast chargers have the size of a standard refrigerator and cost tens of thousands of dollars, the new i DC Fast Chargers measure 31”H x 19” W x 12”D and have a weight of about 100 pounds.

So, if you are interested, you have to know that the BMW i DC Fast Chargers will be available with a price tag of $6,548 at authorized BMW partners. BMW says that the 24 kW DC Fast Charger is able to feed the current directly to the battery, which results in a more efficient and faster charge.

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BMW is willing to share the electric-vehicle battery cell technology it co-developed with Samsung SDI to reduce the cost of the cells, BMW purchasing chief Klaus Draeger said. BMW said it intends to hike orders of battery cells from Samsung SDI -- its exclusive supplier -- by between 20 to 30 percent in 2016 from its 2014 level.

The supply agreement was part of a memorandum of understanding inked between BMW and Samsung SDI that also entailed co-development of a next generation of battery cells. Draeger said that Samsung SDI will hike its supply for the BMW i3 and i8.

It will also supply batteries for future BMW hybrid models, beginning with the X5 plug-in hybrid. BMW delivered 5,396 i3 cars globally in the first half of 2014. According to BMW, it increased the daily i3 output to 100 units starting in April and is planning to hike the figure 40 percent at the end of summer.

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