The longer range should further help BMW boost sales of its electric vehicles. Last month, i3 sales in the US jumped 58 percent from a year earlier to almost 1,500 units after being down 35 percent through June. BMW's electric-vehicle sales are doing better than expected worldwide, especially in Europe. More than 40 percent of the 3-series sales last month in both the Netherlands and Scandinavia were for the 330e plug-in hybrid. More than half of Scandinavia's 2-series sales were for the PHEV variant, says Green Car Congress. And July's global sales of the i3 jumped 34 percent.
Looking to the future, BMW is working on something called Project i20 for its upcoming slate of EVs. Under that program, a new EV model is slated to debut as soon as 2021, and it will have "advanced autonomous capability," while greater use of carbon fiber in the model's frame is also in the works. Automobile reports. And that model, which will have powertrain options ranging from 136 horsepower to 247 hp, will be "fully autonomous" by 2025. Additionally, both the i3 and the i8 are likely to be replaced with updated models by 2022.