The specs of the Tesla killer BMW i4 electric car were revealed.
BMW released all this new info before the LA Auto Show 2019 while the BMW i4 is slated for a 2021 launch date. The i4 is a successor to the BMW i3 electric hatchback.
It will be powered by an 80 kWh battery which will produce around 390 kW or 530 HP with a range of 600 km or 373 miles. BMW did not mention of the test cycle off of which these figures are based.
In order to make its battery pack smaller and more efficient, the BMW i4 will make use of the Gen 5 electric platform. This new platform will also support 150 kW fast charging that’ll recharge the battery up to 80% in only 35 minutes.
In terms of design, the BMW i4 looks quite similar to a 4-series Grand Coupe with the major difference being its massive new front faux grill. Since there is no engine, the grill will be used to house in necessary sensors like RADARS to be used in enabling driver-assist features.
Acceleration figures are expected from the BMW i4 and it will deliver a quite respectable 0-62 mph acceleration time of 4 seconds. The top speed of i4 will, however, be restricted to 120 mph or 193 km/h, preferable to increased battery efficiency.
The BMW i4 will launch in 2021 and before that, another electric vehicle from BMW in the form of a crossover SUV is set to debut. The BMW iX3 electric cross over will launch next year in 2020 and will be the first EV from the company to debut the Gen 5 battery technology I mentioned above.
As previously established, the performance of the BMW i4 is not near its main rival, the Tesla Model 3.
BMW plans to launch around 25 ‘electrified’ vehicles by 2020 including, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fully electric vehicles. The i4 electric is among them and will be accompanied by a slew of new launches.