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.
Moreover, the i3 came out with an upgraded version only last August featuring the latest high-density lithium ion battery. It came just in time for its 3rd year anniversary. The new 94Ah battery boosts the BMW i3’s normal range of 160km to 200km while the extended range can go up to 320km. That’s about a fifty percent increase in energy on a single charge.
The new battery pack was developed in partnership with Samsung. Its newly updated battery can be used either with the range extending gasoline engine or the i3’s pure electric model. Continuous development only means that there is indeed more to come. That should probably put the case to rest on whether or not the i3 has to move on.
The i3 was the first ever BMW vehicle designed with environment friendly standards. In short, high production costs were involved in the procedure. We sincerely hope that BMW would still use the same manner in manufacturing the next gen model. Among its serious competitors are the new Chevrolet Bolt (yes, that’s Bolt with the “B”) as well as the Tesla Model S and yet-to-be-released Model 3. Tesla has sold over 107,000 units of the Model S and has been compared to i3 ever since.
Moving forward, we can see that there’s more to expect with BMWs i-lineup. The i- Vision Future Interaction concept for one, has showed us the possibilities of an i8 roadster coupe in the next two years. In fact, a much better flagship EV is already on the line. All things considered, we can expect much more of these to come in 2021, which would probably include an autonomous driving feature.