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BMW’s battle for the future

Globally, more than 300 000 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids are on the road and we can expect loads more – like the MINI Electric and BMW’s iX3 and iNEXT electric crossovers.

If you’re wondering how iBMW will plug the gap between the i3 and i8, the answer is the i4 in 2020. It will feature a more conventional design, and is likely to sit a little taller to accommodate power packs above its axles. Based on the i Vision Dynamics concept study, it will be an electric 4 Series Gran Coupé. Plugged to do battle with Tesla’s Model 3, BMW predicts the pretty four-door EV will be able to drive up to nearly 600km on one charge. Future models will have access to a range of powerful battery packs ranging through 60, 90 and 120kW hours. BMW plans to have 12 full-electric vehicles in production by 2025, accounting for about 20 percent of the brand’s global sales.


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