BMW, the future security of your companies by accelerating plans to add more electric and gasoline-electric hybrid sub-models into the regular line-up and I-have shown, the brand, sources close to the company.
Future all electric models are equipped with a Mini-hatchback, X3 and 3 series, in addition to the new i-models, namely the i5-Salon, a i6-SUV and an all-electric i8 sports car.
The departure from the traditional combustion-engined models comes to alternative drive offerings like BMW is trying to reinvent itself as an electric-mobility, Autonomous driving and internet-based services-led company.
In a strategy paper presented by its Chairman, Harald Krüger, BMW has laid the Foundation for a number of operational changes, aimed at the 100-year-old German car-manufacturer.
Currently, based on the long-established engineering and manufacturing processes, BMW focus more on mobility solutions through the introduction of new electric-and hybrid-powered models. To be operated for a substantial extension of the five-year-old DriveNow car-sharing scheme from BMW and German car rental company Sixt is also planned that in addition to the more ‘Drive’ products in car-sharing and Parking.
At the same time, cooperates with the BMW bid a market leader in the field of Autonomous driving technology and driver-aid capabilities through extensive investments in a three-way joint-venture with Intel, and MobileEye.
The other pillar of the BMW program focuses on the strengthening of its digital expertise and the expansion of its internet-based services through BMW Connect, which is crucial to the future sources of income.
The shift in the BMW’s priorities is intended to counter the threat posed by companies like Tesla, Uber and Google, while the defense of similar plans recently presented by Audi, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz.
The strategy number One in the Next paper, presented by Krüger targets, up to 500,000 electric car sales per year by the year 2025, and about 20% of the total sales volume. This is more than an 18-fold increase on its electric car sales in the year 2015. Sales chief Ian Robertson has revealed that overall, I and I have to sell, the sales reached 100,000 units in three years, the plans, and this number again in the year 2017 alone, due to the increasing popularity of the technology.
In the first Phase of the strategy, Krüger has confirmed that the plans for the electric versions of the Mini Cooper hatchback and the upcoming third-generation X3. “Now we go to the completion of the second phase of the electrification strategy plug-in models in our traditional line-up and other pure-electric powertrain for the Mini and the X3,” he said.
The electric-powered Mini is sold under the name of Cooper E, and is expected to start in 2019. It is similar to 300 km (186 miles) range than the recently updated i3. In the year 2020, BMW is introducing the electric X3 is planning a series, insiders suspect that the rival zero-emission SUV, at around 500 km (311 miles).
Also in development, but not yet officially announced the plans for an electric version of the upcoming 3-series. Although not part of BMW, the first wave of traditional models to have electric drive, it is prepared as a competitor to the Tesla Model 3, with launch scheduled for 2021. It is sure that the next generation of its models are capable of a number of different power sources, including internal combustion engines, plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicles, to quickly to the changing demand for the different technologies.
However, at the heart of the BMW strategy Number One, Next is an electric model, also referred to as the iNext but take the i5-names in the production in the year 2021.
“Our strategy Number One, More, centered on consistent lightweight construction, alternative drive systems, connectivity, Autonomous driving features, and the interior of the future. The iNext is the standard as of 2021,” said Kruger.
The i5 is said to be in the form of a low-lying four-door sedan unveiled similar in length to the recently new 5-series.
The i5 will be produced at BMW’s Leipzig plant in Germany. The car is based on a new modular platform to allow the bottom of which is flat promises greater interior space and flexibility than the 5 series. The use of lightweight materials, including carbon fiber, also aims to give the i5 weight is perceived to be less empty than the main rivals, the 2100kg Tesla Model S.
The same platform is used under a dedicated electric SUV, which is due in 2022, and will likely be called the i6.
Elements of the platform is also the basis for an all-electric successor to the i8, which is intended to be at the top of the BMW electric car line-up with a fully Autonomous travel function. The i5 will be the first BMW Autonomous model. It will have the ability to allow a driver to his or her eyes of the road during highway driving, but the car will be able to warn the driver when it needs to hand back control of the car. Completely Autonomous systems, also in urban environments, are still some way.
Power for the i5 will come from a new generation of electric motors. In a strategy mirroring today’s line-up combustion-engined models, the synchronous unit have different output levels, the i5 with a larger purchase flow incentive than the current i3 the rear.
Sources claim the performance range of the new electric motor will be similar to that of the traditional six-cylinder and V8-configured gasoline engines in the new 5-series.
BMW wants to allow the i5 with the choice of battery capacity to the buyer in order to tailor the offer to your intended use. The base model of an offer in the region of 550 km (342 miles) — some 250 km (155 miles) more than the recently updated i3.
However, a more expensive variant with a higher cell-density batteries provide up to 650 km (404 km) between charges, according to a senior BMW official with knowledge of the strategy Number One, the Next plans.
The next model to come from BMW i series, the i8 Roadster, will be revealed, in the year 2018 and will be on sale until the end of the year or in 2019 at the latest.
BMW also wants to expand its petrol-electric hybrid offering, currently seven models, and expand it further with the market introduction of a plug-in hybrid 5-series sedan in 2017.
The expansion plans also call for the introduction of a so-called Power-E-drive-system, future BMW hybrids, a greater performance potential.
The new system works with two electric motors on each axle — and you can unit with either a four-cylinder diesel, as BMW already existing hybrid models, or a six-cylinder. The six-pot hybrid powertrain is expected to be in a new large seven-seat SUV, the X7, which is due in 2018.
For the future, the BMW fuel-cell plant-technology for 2025, which will be reserved for its largest models. From this point, it is also hoped the technology of solid developed-state batteries, which allow for more safety, packaging, range, and energy density (some 15-20% more) than today’s units.