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.
BMW CEO, Harald Kruger, said that the all-electric Mini and the also pure electric BMW X3 will indicate the beginning of the second movement of electrification for the German automaker group, further benefiting from continuing tech advancements in this category. Possibly the next act for the German marque will be to produce a new flexible modular platform for electric and hybrid vehicles, and this step has just begun. Kruger further added that "Strategy 'Number One> Next" will further position their strategic course for further electrification and the outlook of project over the incoming decade.
They will combine all-electric, battery powered mobility in their core labels as they have already accomplished with their plug-in hybrid vehicles. By utilizing highly adaptable architectures, they can eliminate duplicated investments in plant and equipment. They also be able to adapt its array of electric and standard automobiles to the ever-shifting demand in a quick and efficient manner.
Furthermore, it is still believed that the BMW i5 will have a similar form as the X5, an SUV. Previously the German marquee also pointed out that the i5 is fitted to being the first car in the household. And the original details were revealed to be that the i5 will have an impressive range of around 200 miles (321 km) on a single charge. As far as we can guess, BMW axing further plans of the i5 sounds plausible as of now, and sadly indicates that the whole i division concept is more of a failed experiment. Maybe opting for the electrified, autonomous variants of the standard BMWs is the better path instead.