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2017-05-16

BMW reveals electric plans


The iNext will be at the vanguard of BMW innovation

BMW has confirmed that its advanced iNext is on track to arrive in 2021, but before that model an all-electric Mini and BMW X3 will arrive in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
Another model in BMW's burgeoning plug-in line up will be the i8 Roadster - due next year - all of which were confirmed by company chairman Harald Krüger.
The iNext will be BMW's 'innovation spearhead' though it is expected to have a more conventional number suffix to its i-Division badge once launched.
Krüger said: "We are now electrifying all our brands and model series. We are creating flexible vehicle architectures for both conventional and electrified drive trains. This enables us to meet the varying needs and demand in the markets. Already today, nine locations worldwide produce nine electrified models, eight of which are plug-in hybrids."
BMW already has one of the most comprehensive plug-in vehicle line-ups with the i3 available as both pure-EV and REX range extended model. The i8 is BMW's other i-Division product, a concept that has helped bring about the iPerformance brand - which involves PHEV versions of conventional models.
BMW currently has the 225xe, 330e, 530e, X5 40e, and 740e - plus long-wheelbase model - and will add further PHEV models to the line up as new products are launched. With increased focus on pure-EV models though, BMW is expanding its options to its Mini brand too.
An update of BMW's Efficient Dynamics 2.0 model was also given, which confirmed BMW is working on fuel cell technology with Toyota - a partnership which will see the replacement for the Z4 be co-developed with the Japanese giants too.