At Frankfurt, BMW offers a look into its mid-size future.
It could have a range of up to 435 miles.
Expect fewer manual transmission BMWs in the future.
Advances in Toyota's lithium-ion technology will enable all-electric vehicles. Sources say BMW has chosen SUV body style for the i5. EU rules would require EV chargers in new homes.
Autobild puts some numbers to the BMW i5, which it says will be based on the long-wheelbase 5 Series sold in China and have around 640 horsepower coming from a four-cylinder ICE and two electric motors. It's not a straight-up Tesla fighter, but it will stress electric power over ICE.
The CEO of BMW North America, Ludwig Willisch, says there will be plug-in hybrid versions of every new BMW model, but we will have to wait for any new i vehicles like the rumored i5 and i7.
The next new vehicle to wear BMW's i prefix is not due until after 2020. In the meantime, we can expect battery updates for the i3 and i8 every three years.
It's starting to feel like the automotive landscape is right on the cusp of a boom in hydrogen-fueled vehicles. After all, the Toyota FCV is nearly ready, Volkswagen is readying a fuel cell concept for this week's Los Angeles Auto Show and Hyundai already sells its Tucson Fuel Cell. The next big name to add to that list might be BMW, as the company's co-development deal with Toyota starts to bear fruit.
Coaches like to say that there's no "i" in team. At least one BMW executive is saying the company's not sure if there are any more "i"s in its near future. BMW executive Harald Krueger indicated that the German automaker is holding back on any i-project plans besides the i3 city car and i8 plug-in hybrid sports car until the company gets a better idea of how those models are selling, Reuters says. Bimmer has spent about $2.7 billion on the plug-in sub-brand and says it's taken more than 11,000 o
Jacob Harb, head of electric vehicle operations and strategy for BMW, is excited these days. He's got a lot to sort out as the company's first large-scale production electric vehicle, the i3. Extending Electronaut leases, arranging tens of thousands of EV test drives and making sure there will be enough of the little city cars in the US when customer deliveries will start in May. Oh, and he's already working on the next BMW EV, which we think is likely to be the i5.
If you're sweet on the new BMW i3 but wish it had more space to carry people and stuff, we've got good news for you. According to Autocar, BMW is planning on stretching the platform that underpins the i3 to create a new model, expected to be called i5.
Fascination with Tesla Motors' role in the luxury electric vehicle market continues, even among the competition. Scott Keogh, president of Audi of America recently told Bloomberg that, Tesla is "cool" and "the talk of the town," and that, "what the industry as a whole can learn from them is continue to push innovation, continue to have the challenger spirit."