BMW is serious about its electric car strategy. To this end, we will see a close-to-production version of the BMW i4 appear at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. BMW is readying another all-electric model, its first battery powered SUV, called the BMW iX3, which you can read about here. The all-electric BMW i4 will be produced from 2021 onwards. It is one of 25 electrified models BMW launches by 2023.
The BMW iX4 is aimed at the premium mid-range and will be the brand’s first foray into the segment with an all-electric model. BMW says the i4 “combines driving dynamics, sporty and elegant design, premium quality and the spacious comfort and functionality of a four-door Gran Coupé with locally emissions-free mobility.”
According to the press material the latest battery-powered vehicle will feature BMW’s fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology, which also includes the latest innovations in the field of battery cells. The i4 is said to have a range of 600 kilometres. Fifth-generation eDrive includes a newly designed high-voltage battery. The battery can be charged to around 80 per cent of its capacity in around 35 minutes, six minutes is said to buy you a range of 100 kilometres. The battery system is modular and can used in a variety of applications (as explained in the image here and video below).
The battery developed for the BMW i4 has an extremely flat design and a mass of 550 kilograms. It has an energy content of around 80 kWh. The electric motor in the BMW i4 has a maximum output of around 390 kW. That power output is even greater than the upcoming BMW M3/M4 performance (as we wrote about here) twins. BMW states the i4 can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in around 4,0 seconds and it has a top speed of more than 200 km/h.