BMW is reportedly cooking up a brand new i3 electrical car for 2017, rising the automotive’s vary and updating its design.
Electrical automobiles proceed to achieve momentum, however BMW hasn’t been very profitable on this phase of the auto market up to now. Whereas the automaker has been providing i3 electrical automobiles for a couple of years now, it hasn’t seen stellar demand.
However, a neat redesign and an extended vary might give the small electrical car simply the increase it must turn out to be extra profitable.
BMW i3 Makeover
German publication Welt am Sonntag stories (by way of Reuters) that the BMW i3 mannequin deliberate for subsequent 12 months may have each its entrance and rear ends redesigned. No photographs leaked simply but to supply a glimpse of the makeover, so it stays unclear for now simply how the following BMW i3 will appear to be.
The publication additional reveals that BMW will pack new battery expertise into its next-generation i3, enabling the electrical car to have an extended vary. The present BMW i3 can go for 114 miles on a full cost, however the vary might be elevated as much as 180 miles by way of a “Vary Extender.”
Welt am Sonntag does not specify how lengthy the brand new vary will probably be, however it does be aware that it will be a rise of lower than 50 p.c. Which means that the BMW i3 coming subsequent 12 months will nonetheless provide a mile vary beneath 200 miles.
That is properly beneath the vary of different electrical automobiles equivalent to Tesla’s Mannequin S, however BMW’s electrical automobiles are extra inexpensive than Tesla’s. The Tesla Mannequin S with a P100D battery, as an example, can run as much as 300 miles on a single cost, however it begins at round $134,000 earlier than incentives. The present BMW i3 with Vary Extender, in the meantime, prices $47,450 (not together with vacation spot and different charges).
BMW Autonomous Automobile Plans
The German publication additionally requested Klaus Fröhlich, BMW’s head of Analysis & Improvement (R&D), concerning the automaker’s plans for self-driving automobiles. Fröhlich stated that BMW needed to see a typical normal for autonomous automobiles throughout the auto trade in order that it might use the identical techniques and variety of sensors.
As a reminder, BMW already teamed up with Intel and Mobileye earlier this 12 months to create an open platform for autonomous automobiles by 2021. Mobileye additionally labored with Tesla on the carmaker’s Autopilot system, however the two corporations parted methods again in September.
It stays to be seen what BMW will provide subsequent, however it might additionally look to attain extra partnerships to develop its presents. Fiat, as an example, partnered with Amazon to promote vehicles on-line, albeit the choice is accessible solely in Italy for now.