Move Over Tesla, BMW’s Working On An EV With A 435 Mile Range

BMW has announced its fifth-generation of storage and powertrain technologies will provide electric vehicles with up to 700 km (435 miles) of range.

The company was coy on specifics but said the powertrain improvements will also benefit plug-in hybrids. BMW believes the upcoming system will enable them to travel up to 100 km (62 miles) on electricity alone. This would be a massive improvement over today’s technology as the 530e iPerformance only has an electric range of 50 km (31 miles).

The improvements are part of BMW’s Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT which calls for the automaker to offer 25 models, across all of its brands, with either an electric or plug-in hybrid powertrain.

As part of the company’s electric push, BMW will build a production version of the i Vision Dynamics concept which recently debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show. BMW CEO Harald Krüger noted “we are electrifying the very heart of the BMW brand” and said “we will build this model at our Munich plant, thereby highlighting Germany’s importance as a location for electric mobility.”

In the near future, the BMW Group plans to launch approximately forty new and updated models during the “current and the following year.” A number of these launches will occur in the upper-premium segment that includes vehicles such as the 8-Series and X7.

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  • Leconte Dave

    Hope it won’t explode…

  • TheBelltower

    435 miles. 1000 miles. Heck, build one that can go a billion miles on a charge. It’s all just talk until they actually do it. The reality is, BMW has gone at this in a very half-assed way. They launched two EV’s that should have a line around the block to buy. But they botched it because the EV range is pathetic, the dealers don’t support these cars, BMW has no control of their dealers, and the charging infrastructure is horrible. I have an i3, but it’s clear that BMW doesn’t really want to be doing this whole EV thing.

    • Moveon Libtards

      BMW is all hype much like Tesla is now…They both just talk, but haven’t delivered.

      • TheBelltower

        Except that Tesla has delivered all of the vehicles they’ve promised. Not in the timeframe that makes you happy though.

    • SteersUright

      Hey, the i3’s are ridiculously cheap on the used car market with the range extender option too. Do you recommend getting an i3?

      • TheBelltower

        Definitely for around town driving, its phenomenal. If you drive less than, say, 80 miles each day then you’ll never need to buy gas again. Or even run the Rex engine at all.

        • SteersUright

          But you wrote, “the dealers don’t support these cars”. What do you mean?

          • TheBelltower

            When I bought my i3 two years ago, charging stations were few and far between. The only reliable charging stations were located at BMW dealers and Chevy dealers. But BMW chargers are never accessible. Chargers are either behind a gate, closed after-hours, or occupied with dealer cars. That kind of thing doesn’t work for me, and I’ve been very vocal about it to BMW. Fortunately, the EV charging network has improved over the past two years, making the chargers that BMW should have offered their customers less necessary.

            I didn’t mean to say that BMW service is rotten. The service is always top notch. But, because the i3’s electric range is not practical for long trips, BMW offered us the “extended mobility program” where they would loan you an ICE vehicle if you needed it. That was the main reason we took a chance with the i3. Turns out, this is not a mandated service for customers by BMW, and most BMW dealers don’t honor this. And because most dealers don’t even know about it, it takes a lot of calls to get a “no” answer.

            Lastly, the tires are unique to the i3. For a car that doesn’t carry a spare tire, BMW really does need to keep these tires in stock. I’ve damaged three tires, and it’s been a multi-day ordeal each time.

            Don’t get me wrong, I love the car in spite of these quirks. But they are things to consider.

          • SteersUright

            The ones Im looking at are out of warranty. Would you risk it? Think these will be hard for a DIY person to work on? And thanks for the excellent info thus far!

          • TheBelltower

            I wouldn’t do it unless it was a CPO vehicle. They are quirky, with a ton of specialized parts. So not a DIY car. Just today, my driver side seat heater stopped working. Then it worked. Then it cut out again. To fix it, it could be the switch, or it could need an entirely new everything.

  • lagunas3ca

    I’ll take 100 fewer miles over this Cadenza EV.

  • john1168

    If it looks like that, they won’t sell any…

    • PK

      the name and the badge will sell itself eventually.

  • LWOAP

    Talk is cheap. Do it or don’t. Your choice BMW.

  • Moveon Libtards

    It is not BMW with a dream in the future that will be Tesla’s competition. GM and other “mainline” manufacturers are already, or soon to be, beating Tesla.

    Then again, Tesla probably wont even be competition for anyone in about 6 months when it collapses…Haven’t heard of the stock collapsing and hundreds of employees being laid off suddenly on here….or the fact they had to cancel Model 3 parts orders because they have no money and no demand. Hiding facts wont change the facts.

    • First time in history that people queued in tents to put down a $1000 deposit for a car that they would get in 2 years best case scenario. In fact hundreds of thousands did exactly this, troll.

  • Knotmyrealname

    Yeah, yeah…. wah wah wah. Just DO IT!!

  • SteersUright

    Just hope it doesn’t look anything like this car…