The next generation of plug-in hybrid BMW i8 (currently available in coupe and convertible versions) could be all-electric.
A decision about the future of i8 to be made later this year, while the market launch of the second-generation is expected by the end of 2023. The chance for BEV is higher than for PHEVs, according to rumors.
We estimate that so far BMW sold up to around 20,000 i8 globally.
The new i8 BEV would, of course, utilize a next-generation powertrain, under development for models like the BMW iNEXT.
Autocar hints at an in-house developed electric motor with “significantly higher rotational speeds”, higher power and possibly new CATL lithium-ion cells (currently Samsung SDI).