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.
Following the iNext will be nine other electric vehicles. And in 2022, BMW should be launching their own plug-in hybrids, which will be followed by five other electrified models within the next three years.
Expect all models that will be built starting 2021 to offer a number of options, from combustion engines, plug-in hybrid powertrains, and pure electric drive systems. Furthermore, the latter variants will come with a lightweight aluminum casing that houses an electric motor, a single-speed transmission, and assortment of different electronics.
Batteries for these cars will come in a number of sizes including the 30e and 40e variants that will be used in “compact” and “exclusive” class vehicles. The batteries either have 60 kilowatts per hour, which can carry out 450 kilometers (278 miles) of range or a 90 kWh power that does a lot more at 550 kilometers (341 miles). On the other hand, “luxury” class vehicles get a little more with the40e or 50e battery pack, with double the power at 120kWh rating with a range of 700 kilometers (435 miles).
Front wheel drives will have an electric motor that is capable of producing over 134 horsepower (100 kW), while rear wheel drives can do 268 horsepower (200 kilowatts). Customers will also be able to get all wheel drive as an option, which allows the vehicle to accelerate from 0-100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) in around 6 to 9 seconds.
As usual, the performance vehicles are a little more interesting. They will have a front electric motor that can be paired with two more electric motors. And each one of those carries 268 horsepower. They should also have a torque vectoring system that allows it to do the standard sprint under 3 seconds.