BMW is apparently weeks away from approving a host of new electric models beyond its existing ‘i’ range.
German publication Handelsblatt says that the carmaker is looking to tweak its electric mobility strategy in an effort to keep up with Tesla. To do so, all-electric versions of both the 3-Series sedan and X4 SUV are soon to be given the green light for production. Additionally, a fully electric Mini is also due to hit the market soon.
As it stands, BMW’s only ‘affordable’ electric model is the i3 starting from around $44,000. However, compared to the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla’s upcoming Model 3 which are both promising prices around the $30,000-$35,000 mark, the i3 is rather expensive, especially considering the 2017 model’s range sits at just 114 miles (183 km).
Offering an affordable electric variant of an existing model within BMW’s ground of brands could therefore prove the best option. Such a vehicle would likely be based around the Mini Cooper which starts at just $20,700. The electric 3-Series and X4 would then serve the slightly more premium market.
Handelblatt claims that the three models will receive approval towards the end of the month.