BMW’s second iNext phase to add plug-in hybrids to mainstream models

BMW i, News | December 20th, 2016 by 17
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So, BMW won’t be jumping back into the pure electric car game until 2021. By then, its competitors will already have their own impressive electric …

So, BMW won’t be jumping back into the pure electric car game until 2021. By then, its competitors will already have their own impressive electric cars and BMW will be a bit behind the eight ball. However, BMW wants to us plug-in hybrids to be injected into all of its mainstream models by then. Currently, the Bavarian brand has a 740e, 330e and X5 xDrive40e in its lineup. But more are soon to come, starting with the upcoming BMW 530e.

This will allow usual customers of regular BMWs to be offered some sort of electrified powertrain while also having the range and usability of a standard car. Currently, battery technology isn’t ready for purely electric vehicles to have the same sort of range as traditional gasoline cars at the same cost. If you want a purely electric car with gasoline or diesel range, the closest you can get is a Tesla Model S P100D and that’s well north of $100,000.

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But there will be a few EVs sprinkled throughout during this time. BMW has already all but confirmed that it will develop an electric variant of the upcoming-generation BMW X3. While there will likely be a plug-in hybrid X3 first, a purely electric vehicle will come after, by 2019. MINI is also planning on developing its own electric vehicle by 2020, giving the BMW Group two new electric vehicles before its iNext 2021 project comes to fruition. But there’s no word on their range or power.

This idea may upset some BMW enthusiasts who want the brand to go more in the direction of pure EVs rather than plug-ins. Many fans want BMW to take on Tesla and feel offended that the Chevy Bolt has more range than any electric BMW at a cheaper price point. However, these fans must remember that BMW is working on battery technology as well as electrification. But the people at BMW feel as if battery tech is still far from being ideal for mainstream use and wants to develop other technologies in the meantime. Plug-in hybrids allow BMW the flexibility to offer customers a taste of the future while it works on battery tech in the background.

[Source: Auto Motor und Sport]

17 responses to “BMW’s second iNext phase to add plug-in hybrids to mainstream models”

  1. CDspeed says:

    Boring…… The battery tech is there, BMW just doesn’t want to make an effort.

    • Kaisuke971 says:

      It’s not quite there because they still weight way too much

      • CDspeed says:

        That doesn’t seem to be stopping their competitors from building them. They are playing with all the same excuses as Toyota, and even they have announced plans to build an electric car. You think Porsche wouldn’t have announced an electric car if it couldn’t be done?

        • Kaisuke971 says:

          Well considering that the competition’s equivalent models weight more it seems pretty obvious that weight isn’t their main issue. Also Audi and Porsche have more ressources and the Porsche model seems to be pretty expensive so they have more margin to compensate the weight with exotic materials.

          I think batteries don’t meet all BMW’s requirement for now.

          • CDspeed says:

            The Porsche may be expensive but there is hardly an official price yet. And it’s not like BMW doesn’t build big heavy luxury cars, that also happen to cost a lot of money. The M2 is lightweight and costs a little less then some performance cars, but what about the M760Li xDrive? BMW has a lot of big heavy expensive cars, lets not pretend that they only make lightweight sports cars that the average joe can afford.

          • Kaisuke971 says:

            The 7 Series is BMW’s most expensive model yet it still costs less than the Panamera. The M760Li is still 40k less than the equivalent Mercedes model, and the 7 is also lighter than a comparable Panamera.

            So no, BMW doesn’t build cars as expensive as Porsche and yes their cars tend to be lighter than the competition.

            I think the Mission E will be well over 2 tons (if it’s not, massive use of Carbon) and could cost around 150k base, which isn’t something BMW can have in their lineup.

          • CDspeed says:

            Looking at the top high performance models the Porsche Panamera Turbo costs about the same, base price is $146,900 or $160,000 for the long wheelbase leaving the M760Li at $153,800 almost in the middle. The Panamera Turdo weighs 4,398 Lbs while the M760 weighs 5,128 Lbs so despite its “carbon core” the BMW weighs more. BMW watches their weight just like any other brand they aren’t McLaren. And yes the Mission E could be expensive, but I’d rather wait, then guess.

          • Kaisuke971 says:

            And why exactly did you compare the weight of the V12- powered LWB 7 Series while the euro 750i is the equivalent powertrain- wise ?

    • Max says:

      What do you think – how long does it take to develop such a car properly?
      Even if they had decided to follow up the i3/i8 in 2013 it would take at least until 2019 or so.
      I think u have no clue about regulation, crash, emissions, technology etc. there are so many things to consider. If they want to have a real groundbraker it takes time. BMW is not TEsla, they dont risk customers lifes with immature software.
      And I dont see any problems with having that iNext in 2021, there will be the Mini in 2019 and the X3 in 2020. I read so many comments, even on this blog where people wanted to have a “normal” e-BMW – there it is. Only 2 years away, we will see what the competitors come up with and how their success will be…

      • CDspeed says:

        I do understand, most of their competitors though have been working for years behind the scenes. But they have all shown at least a full concept, and said this is what we plan to build. You can’t say “there will be” an electric Mini or X3, you can say there will be a Jaguar i-Pace they’ve formally announced it, and shown a concept. I don’t expect BMW to just drop a car on to the market, and yes they may very well be hard at work on something. But all we’ve seen or officially heard is more on hybrids, and speculation.

    • Bob Morane says:

      I bet now even Toyota will have its next BEV before BMW.

      • CDspeed says:

        It’s hard to say for sure, but it will be interesting to see who crosses the finish line first.

        • Max says:

          BMW has been the first in 2013, almost 4 years ago – when others where still sleeping. I guess the race is already finished.

          • CDspeed says:

            The Tesla Roadster went on sale in 2008, and the Nissan Leaf went on sale in 2010. So three years later BMW comes out with a Leaf competitor……… When I replied to Bob I was thinking of second gen EVs, I doubt Toyota will start back at the level of the first generation Nissan Leaf.

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