BMW electric car: prices, release dates and upcoming BMW EV models in Australia
Tesla could go on as if EVs never existed before entering the scene as an environmental savior in a very shiny futuristic suit, but was he experimenting with all-electric cars around 50 years ago?
No, it wasn’t (but don’t go beyond Elon Musk to invent a time machine and rewrite history somehow).
BMW, however, was indulging in electric vehicles while Musk was still wearing diapers. The German automobile giant had its electric car BMW, the aptly named 1602 Elektro, serving as a support vehicle for long-distance walkers and marathoners participating in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. The Elektro carried a film crew and supplied water while showing off its impressive range (for the time, obviously) of 30 km (so, not for the whole marathon, obviously).
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Fast forward decades and BMW had launched the mysterious “Project i” to develop concepts of lightweight, environmentally friendly, urban and fully electric BMW cars for people living in mega-cities.
This led BMW to announce BMW i in 2011, a sub-brand created to design and manufacture electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).
The first two cars unveiled under the BMW i badge were the 2013 BMW i3 (we prefer the car’s original name, Judge Dredd’s very nice sounding Mega City vehicle) and the 2014 BMW i8 PHEV super car ( although the first developed BMW PHEV came in 2010 in the form of the BMW ActiveHybrid concept 7).
In 2016, BMW decided to label all of its vehicles with PHEV technology using the “iPerformance” model designation, including the 320e / 330e iPerformance, 520e / 530e / 545e iPerformance and 745e / 745Le iPerformance models.
All BMW EV models are equipped with “eDrive” technology, which consists of three components: an electric motor, a high-performance lithium-ion battery and an intelligent energy management system that ensures that the vehicle operates as efficiently. as possible.
BMW EV available in Australia
Price: From $ 71,900
The first car built from the ground up around a fully electric transmission, the four-door BMW i3 hatchback is fitted with a 125 kW electric motor powered by lithium-ion battery, giving it a range of around 260 km. “REx”, a range extension option, allows you to add a gasoline engine to help charge the vehicle’s battery, dramatically increasing range. If you want one, you better get there quickly because BMW has announced that it is stopping production of i3, which just means it has come up with even better ideas.
Price: To confirm
BMW will try to get its money’s worth with the i4, the brand’s very first all-electric Gran Coupé, due to land in Australia in the first quarter of 2022. The i4 will be available in two variants. : the BMW i4 eDrive40 and the BMW i4 M50. The former comes with an impressive 590 km range (a figure not far from the Tesla Model 3 Long Range’s claim of 614 km), while the rather sporty latter comes with a claimed range of 510 km and the possibility of take it from zero to 100 km / h in a record time of 3.9 seconds.
Price: From $ 135,900
BWW’s first all-electric SUV arrives in Australia at the end of 2021, available in two variants: xDrive40 (240 kW of power, 630 Nm of torque and 425 km of range) and the xDrive50 (385 kW of power, 765 Nm of torque and 630 km of autonomy). Those who don’t feel like waiting while their car charges will be pleased to learn that both models are compatible with DC fast charging at a rate of up to 150 kW in the xDrive40, or 200 kW in the xDrive50.
Price: To confirm
Also expected at the end of 2021, BMW’s mid-size iX3 SUV is equipped with a 210 kW / 400 Nm electric motor on the rear axle and a 74 kWh lithium-ion battery for an all-electric range of 460 km .
BMW hybrids available in Australia
BMW already has a range of hybrids available in Australia, including the BMW 330e Sedan PHEV, BMW 530e PHEV, BMW 745e PHEV, BMW X5 PHEV and xDrive45e PHEV.
The future of BMW electric vehicles
After contracting with Contemporary Amperex Technology and Samsung SDI in 2019 to supply lithium-ion cells for a massive $ 10 billion over a decade, BMW has made its intentions clear in terms of a commitment to further development of the electric vehicles bearing the BMW badge.
BMW Chief Design Officer Domagoj Dukec has publicly stated that BMW i models are emerging as the most relevant part of the BMW brand, especially in markets like China where electric vehicles have seen huge adoption. .
Driverless technology is also in BMW’s sights with the Autonomous iNext Concept, a fully electric SUV which BMW hopes will become the basis of fully autonomous vehicle fleets for highway use, as well as “Robo-Taxis” in the cities, we will assume are monitored by RoboCops.
BMW is also studying hydrogen vehicles with the BMW i Hydrogen Next SUV, a hydrogen fuel cell concept (BMW has also tested fuel cell technology in a 5 series GT road test fleet).
BMW also said it expects half of its total sales to be fully electric by 2030, while saying it expects to have delivered around 2 million fully electric BMW vehicles to its customers by 2025. , that number rising to 10 million by 2030, representing at least half of its total global shipments at this point.