BMW offers up details on i4 electric car with 600km range

By CARSIFU | 19 November 2019


MUNICH: The 4-door i4 that is coming in 2021 will have a 600km range, enabling BMW to pit it against the Tesla Model 3.

The BMW i brand's first Gran Coupé accelerates from zero to 100kph in around 4.0 seconds, achieving a top speed of more than 200kph.

Like the fully electric iX3, the i4 will be equipped with a fifth-generation eDrive technology. The iX3 – to be produced from 2020 onwards – will act as a pioneer, followed by the iNEXT and the i4.

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The electric motor, power electronics, charging unit and high-voltage battery have been entirely newly developed.

The electric motor developed for the i4 delivers a maximum output of around 390 kW/530hp, reaching the level of a V8 engine in current BMW models fitted with a combustion engine.

Also, the design of the high-voltage battery is characterised by its extremely flat design and optimised energy density. With a weight of some 550kg, it has an energy content of around 80kWh, which allows the i4 to have a 600km range.

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Using fast chargers of up to 150 kW, the i4 can be charged to around 80% of its full energy content in around 35 minutes. This results in a charging time of around six minutes for a range of 100km.

No doubt BMW will continue to improve battery technology as it has set up a Battery Cell Competence Centre here to conduct battery R&D..

The i4 combines the characteristic proportions of a 4-door coupé with the typical design features of a BMW i model.

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Dynamically stretched lines and a precise surface design go with aerodynamically optimised exterior features. The i4 will be easy to get in and out of especially for rear passengers as it will have a spacious, variable interior for both day-to-day trips and long-distance travel.

The i4 will be manufactured at the company's main plant here, where other vehicles produced include the 3 Series Sedan with conventional combustion engine and plug-in hybrid drive, the 3 Series Touring with conventional drive and from summer 2020 also with plug-in hybrid drive, the 4 Series Coupé and the M4 Coupé

By 2023, the BMW Group will have 25 models with electrified drive in its programme. It will have a model portfolio that includes efficient combustion engines as well as modern plug-in hybrid and purely electric drive.

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