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BMW CEO confirms next BMW i all-electric model, will be bigger than the i3

October 25, 2015

The BMW i sub-brand’s range that currently comprises the BMW i3 all-electric urban car and the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid supercar will see addition of a new all-electric car soon.

In an interview with Die Zeit, BMW AG CEO Harald Krueger said that the company will soon add an electric model to the BMW i range, bigger than the BMW i3. The German automaker wants to expand its offering of electric vehicles to accelerate the customer transition to the all-electric vehicle segment.

Mr. Krueger also revealed during the interview that the driving range of the BMW i3 will be increased next year. A major leap in the technology though, will be achieved in three or four years, and that will allow the driver to go twice as far on a single charge without an increase in the weight of the battery.

Back to the second production EV, the next BMW i model could be a crossover. It was reported in June that BMW is planning to introduce a Tesla Model X-rivaling electric crossover and build it at its Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, USA. This model was awaiting board approval when this report was published.

According to a another report released in June, the company will also introduce its mass-production fuel-cell vehicle by 2020, which could be sold under the BMW i sub-brand. It’s hard to see possibility of a new production all-electric vehicle and a fuel-cell vehicle being rolled-out in five years’ time, but given the resources the company has, it may be able to do so.

[Source: Die Zeit]

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