BMW CEO Harald Krueger confirms new electric car above the i3

BMW i | October 22nd, 2015 by 7
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BMW CEO Harald Krueger confirmed for German magazine Die Zeit that BMW is working on a new electric car which will sit above the i3. …

BMW CEO Harald Krueger confirmed for German magazine Die Zeit that BMW is working on a new electric car which will sit above the i3. Rumors around a future BMW i5 – Krueger has not confirmed the name – have been going around for a while now, but BMW has always refrained from officially acknowledging those plans.

“The new BMW i model will be larger than the BMW i3, that’s all I will say for now,” Krueger said. “We want to expand our e-mobility offering to accelerate the transition towards electric vehicles. Today, many buyers still decide against buying an electric car; demand is still low overall.”

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BMW is under pressure as rivals roll out new vehicles in attempt to beat the carmaker in annual sales. Tesla is also preparing two new exciting electric cars: an SUV, Model X, and a 3 Series competitor, Model 3 in 2017.

Krueger won’t comment on the drivetrain either; past rumors place a hydrogen fuel cell in the i5 while others mention an electric drivetrain with an optional range extender. Our sources say the new i electric car won’t arrive for another three years. BMW’s CEO also says the i3 sales are strong, especially in Netherlands, California and Norway – one in five BMWs is an i3 in the Nordic country.

 

7 responses to “BMW CEO Harald Krueger confirms new electric car above the i3”

  1. Michael Christopher Frazier IV says:

    “We want to expand our e-mobility offering to accelerate the transition towards electric vehicles.” – it’s only a matter of time before the i hobby brand is completely absorbed into the main product line up of vehicles… I wonder how long the timeline for the “transition” will take to complete.

  2. CDspeed says:

    I’d like to see them do an electric SUV that is about the size of the X6. That would put it on par with Audi’s Q6 e-tron, and should make it a lot lighter than the Model X.

  3. Blake Arrendell says:

    A car with a sedan and SUV/CUV variants, would be nice

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