BMW i1 Reportedly In The Works, Will Share Mini Electric Platform

Silver Mini Electric Concept with yellow trim

APR 27 2018 BY ADRIAN PADEANU 4

It is said to be bigger than the i3.

With BMW promising to invest more money into electrification than ever before, it doesn’t come as a big surprise a new report from Spain indicates there are plans for a zero-emissions i1. Approximately $8.6 billion will be invested in EV development this year and some of the funds could be directed towards a new model believed to be bigger than the i3 pictured here. At the same time, the fully electric compact model is said to be smaller than the next-generation, front-wheel-drive 1 Series.

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If the new intel coming from Motor.es is accurate, the BMW i1 will ride on the same platform as the Mini Cooper Electric scheduled for a market launch in 2019. The two will share a single electric motor mounted at the front as previewed last year by the Mini Electric Concept (pictured below) during the Frankfurt Motor Show. Riding on an UKL-derived electric architecture, the new EV from Bavaria is expected to offer roughly the same output as its Mini equivalent.

As a reminder, BMW took the legal measures to register the “i1” moniker towards the end of 2017 when it also acquired the rights for the iX1 through iX9 nameplates. It remains to be seen how many of them will be put to good use, but we do know for sure the iX3 will become a badge on the back of an electric crossover. We might get to see it as a concept later this month at the Beijing Motor Show before morphing into a production model at some point in 2020.

While BMW is preparing to add more “i” models – including the i4 and the flagship iNext – the future doesn’t look so bright for the existing i3 and i8. The company has hinted the two might not live to see another generation, though it’s too soon to know for sure.

Getting back to the i1, logic tells us it will serve as the brand’s most affordable electric car and won’t be a crossover since high-riding EVs from BMW will be badged as “iX” models. It might take the shape of a five-door hatchback similar to the 1 Series and serve as a family-oriented model.

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Source: Motor.es

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4 Comments on "BMW i1 Reportedly In The Works, Will Share Mini Electric Platform"

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Hmmm. This would be good news, if there were never an i3 designed and built.
But, a front wheel drive EV from BMW?
Ok that’s great for January and February.

Looks like the i3 Sport Rex will be BMW’s innovation high-water-mark for the next 10 years. We can only hope they keep the i3 production line rolling as long as possible.

The i3 is dead car rolling.

As contructed yes the i3 after thier rumor 40kw battery upgrade is dead but i3 next generation will be a 3 series with the i moniker at 50kw-55kw

Great news, so many new EV’s…