Report: All Future And Next Gen BMW i Vehicles Will Be Pure Electric

AUG 14 2016 BY MARK KANE 22

BMW i3 and i8

BMW i3 and i8

BMW iNext Concept

BMW iNext Concept

All the new BMW i models, including any new or next generation versions of the i3 and/or i8, are to be all-electric according to a recent report from Car And Driver.

Before the next generation of i3 and i8 arrive (~2022), will come an all-electric sedan slotted between them inside the i brand.

That vehicle confirmed is to be the iNext pure electric sedan by 2021.

“The iNext sedan will be a stand-alone model with a unique design, but it won’t be as far removed from BMW’s other models as are the i3 and the i8. The brand is looking to achieve significant economies of scale by sharing technology with BMW’s conventionally powered sedans.”

The iNext will then shortly be followed by the next generation i3 and i8. The article suggest that BMW is i3 range-extender option is “is sure to be dropped”  (which makes sense as battery technology will mature in few years and the company wants the “i brand” to have its own unique identity).

As for the i8, C&D says it will also turn from plug-in hybrid to all-electric to be the ‘EV supercar” the brand is looking for, and that it “might actually morph into a credible successor to the famous M1 supercar”.

The magazine speculates the i3 and i8 will see power increases to 200 and 500 hp respectively. What’s also interesting, is that BMW could give up carbon-fiber in the i3, as it is too expensive a method of lowering weight as batteries capacities gain in step.

source: Car And Driver

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Turning i8 from plugin to pure electric is super. After all for $140,000; they can easily fix enough battery modules to make the car go 350 miles.

By that time, the battery cost will be so cheap that i3 will also have between 200 – 300 miles depending on the cost and trim.

The i8 grill looks like a Bucky Beaver Face. That is engineering done right!.

I find it interesting that BMW is dropping the carbon fiber reinforced plastic because it’s too expensive. Maybe they are not making that much money on the i3.

Huge expense. No one else is making a car with similar construction in the affordable price range.

“Could”. Sounds like speculation to me.

Yeah, me too. I really thought BMWs material use in the i3 was the major technological advantage. I was aware it’s expensive but thought it’d be much less so as volume increases.


No-one else is pushing this material technology. BMW are the only hope of bringing CFRP to the mainstream. Hopefully they can refine the manufacturing process until it’s cost drops to an acceptable level.

Sounds like a price negotiation tactic. Dropping CFRP would be an epic mistake. There’s huge savings to be had in auto manufacturing using CFRP.
They just have to get the carbon fiber raw material costs down. This isn’t an if, it’s a when. Enter the USA National Labs, stage left:

BMW got the price of CFRP down to 10% of equivalent traditional carbon composites. But the cost of a CFRP body on an aluminium frame is still circa four times the cost of doing aluminium unibody.

BMW engineer 1: “how can we improve our PHEV offerings in the BMW-i range?”

BMW engineer 2: “that’s easy – ditch the dinosaur juice engine”

BMW engineer 1: “brilliant!!

Those Plastic cars are Dangerous in a collision, Expensive to Buy, Expensive to Insure , Expensive to repair..What’s the point in buying one ?

At a fraction of the weight and an order of magnitude stronger than steel, carbon fiber re-enforced plastic isn’t safe? I would love to see some supporting information on this.
As far as difficult to repair, CFRP is so new that repair processes have a ways to go before it’s perfect.
Why use CFRP?
It’s easier to manufacture a vehicle with it.
It’s cheaper to manufacture a vehicle with it, once the raw material costs drop (which is happening).
I’m no carbon expert, but I’d have to say it will lower the overall carbon foot print of a vehicle.
No rust = longer lifespan for the vehicle.
Lower weight = lower energy consumption for the life of the vehicle.

The energy needed to produce carbon fiber is high, but if it’s green energy … who cares from a carbon foot print point of view.
From a cost perspective, that’s another story. However, they’re making great strides in reducing the energy requirements for manufacturing carbon fiber.

All uper end cycles are carbon fiber since at least 10 years.
I know cycle aint the same thing as car and they are more expensive than aluminium or steel, but nobody can have the same perfomance, confort and quicknees without carbon fiber.

You mean:

Safer in a collision (proved in multiple real world crashes at high speed and in testing (particularly for partial front impact and side impact))
Cheaper to Insure (my €55,000 i3 cost 15% LESS to insure than my €24,000 Leaf)
Cheaper to repair (the reason my insurance was cheaper is that book-value repair costs on the i3 are lower than the 1-series)

But what would I know…. I’ve only owned the i3 since launch and I’ve actually had a carbon fiber repair done on my i3…

“Won’t be as far removed from BMW’s other models, as are the i3 and the i8.”
Looks as though they’re moving to more conventional construction and(likely) appearance.

The i3 would look like a conventinal car if they would take away the black plastic at the front and rear and painted it all one color…
It would probably increase their sales too…

I think if the car is all-electric with no Rex, and it is no longer made from Carbon Fiber.. then they need to rename the car completely. It’s no longer an i3.

how about i3B. could make a in a 2 seat version and call it the i3B2

What about the previously announced all eletric version of the 3 series? Will it be called an i3xyz or just 3 series electric? Will it be part of the i brand or remain with the rest of the BMW “non-i” family?
And, will I really care while I’m driving my Tesla Model Y down the road? 🙂

I’m glad BMW finally announced a 300 mile range (EU cycle) 3 series. It’s tragic they’re going to take to 2020 to get it out the door, but better late than never.
By 2020, I hope to have a Model Y as well.
IMO, BMW better bring an all electric 3 series and X3 series to market by 2020 or their sales numbers might look undesirable in 2021.

Sometimes never isn’t better than late:


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