We’re not sure if BMW really want to go more eco-friendly for the sake of saving the world or whether the whole electric car transition is just a drive to acquire more highly polluting corporate jets.
But it seems the i-range of cars, or at least the underlying technology, may well be extended to its more mainstream offerings, i-5 Series anyone, hell yeah!… as they say.
Speaking at the the New York Auto Show the BMW North America boss, Ludwig Willisch confirmed “With the introduction of every new model, there will be a plug-in hybrid version of that, too.”
However Willisch did confirm there will be no i5 and i7, just yet. Manufactures do have a habit of backtracking like a bear on a unicycle. So expect at some point in the future to see an BMW i5 and i7.
BMW’s currently electric car range comprises of the i3 hatch and i8 electric plugin-hybrid supercar.
The BMW i8 is a £95k plug-in electric supercar has been a surprise sales success, demand is high and there is a 10 month waiting list. At one dealership in Mayfair, London people have even been asking to buy the display car.
The i8 borrows the three-cylinder, 1.5-litre turbocharged unit from the new Mini and has been tuned to produce 231bhp. Front-mounted electric motors enables the i8 to produce 357bhp.
BMW performance figures claim a 0-62mph time of 4.4 seconds, a top speed limited to 160mph, and on electric power alone the i8 is able to travel 23 miles.
However if you want to see BMW’s eye into the future then you only have to take a look at the X5 xDrive40e, the company’s next plug-in hybrid vehicle.
This all but confirms the company’s zero emissions technology is heading towards a BMW 5 series near you. And that’s why they are so annoyingly good.
God we do hate BMW.