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BMW To Launch iNext EV Models By 2023

According to an announcement made in Munich last year, BMW is ramping up its production of electric vehicles and plans on bringing them to market sooner than previously announced.

By 2023, BMW will significantly expand its lineup of electrified vehicles and add 25 new options for consumers after sustainable luxury vehicles.

Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming generation of new BMW EV models.

BMW’s New Electric Vehicles Getting Ready for Market

The new vehicles will be part of the BMW i sub-brand, which already includes vehicles like the i3 city car and i8 plug-in hybrid. More than half of the 25 new vehicles will be fully electrified, with many of the others being a hybrid version of existing models. 

Among the vehicles is the BMW iNext, which was announced in 2018, and is currently expected to arrive on the market in 2021. BMW is also expected to roll out the i4, the i3’s successor, sometime that year.

BMW also plans to launch a range of new plug-in electric hybrid versions of the BMW 3 series, 7 series, and X5. The company is also planning a China-exclusive plug-in hybrid version of the X1, as well as new hybrid versions of the 2 series and 5 series. A European and U.S. version of the hybrid X1 is getting ready for production.

Other EVs expected to arrive before 2023 include a fully-electric Mini, manufactured in England, and an electric version of the X3 crossover called the iX3 that is designed for the Chinese market.

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The EV Timetable

Previously, the company had planned to have all of these EVs on the market by 2025 at the earliest. Now, however, BMW is accelerating its electric strategy, and plans to have the cars ready by 2023 

The accelerated timetable is based on the success of the company’s current electric and hybrid vehicles, BMW claims it will have doubled its sale of electric vehicles by 2021, compared to its 2019 numbers, and the continued growth of BMW’s EV sales numbers.

The advanced production is also likely in part due to BMW’s new scalable vehicle architecture, which allows the company to swap in a BEV or PHEV powertrain into any vehicle that uses the new architecture.

BMW hasn’t said yet whether or not it will remain committed to further electric vehicle development in the near future — but if current market trends hold, and EVs remain as profitable as they’ve been for BMW, it’s likely that we’ll see even more EVs be announced in the near future.

Businesses across the automotive industry are pivoting to electric, resulting in large-scale production of everything from electric trucks to e-buses — EV market growth suggests that there is definitely room for additional BMW EVs.

BMW Prepping 25 EVs for Launch by 2023

The quicker arrival of the new electric vehicles, which were planned to arrive on the market by 2025, is likely a good sign for those wanting more EVs from BMW. 

The 25 new cars include both hybrids and fully-electric vehicles and demonstrate the flexibility of BMW’s new architecture, which could make developing new EV variant models even easier in the future.

A few of the cars that are planned for launch will be exclusive to the Chinese market, but there’s no reason to believe that they won’t eventually be exported to the US and European markets.

We Won’t See an Electric BMW Motorcycle for Some Time

If you were anxious to get your hands on a BMW electric motorcycle, you’re going to have to wait. 

Despite revealing the electric Vision DC Roadster in June of 2019, it appears the German company isn’t putting electric bikes at the top of their priority list. In an interview with Cycle World, CEO of BMW Motorrad Markus Schramm said it might be at least five years before they put a new electric motorcycle on the road.

Hitting the Brakes

The head of BMW referenced the Vision DC Roadster when mentioning that the company believes electric bikes will be an important undergoing in the future. Even so, Schramm continued to say it could be half a decade before they produce an electric motorcycle for use within cities.

Five years is quite a long time to wait, and that only refers to urban bikes. Schramm’s statement indicated that he was uncertain about the future of electric bikes for touring, sports and off-roading. These remarks are somewhat surprising, given that BMW has already unveiled electronic concepts. Furthermore, the manufacturer already has an electric scooter on the market, known as the C Evolution. 

The State of Electric Bikes Today

This pause in pursuing electric motorcycles is even more curious when you consider the competition. Harley-Davidson has already begun selling their first electric bike, the LiveWire. The LiveWire boasts a near-silent ride, instant throttle response, and an estimated range of 110 miles. For comparison, the BMW C Evolution scooter claims a range of up to 99 miles.

While BMW appears to be in no hurry to actually release an electric motorcycle, a couple of the electrical concepts they have come up with include: 

  • A wireless charging system: Recently, the company filed a patent for a wireless charging system using the kickstand. Whether this means that they are revamping their efforts in the realm of all-electric motorcycles is unclear, but unlikely given Schramm’s comments.
  • E-Power Roadster Concept: In December of 2019, the company revealed the E-Power Roadster Concept, an electric sports bike. This will likely not be the first electric bike released by BMW, as Schramm remained ambiguous about the viability of electric sport and off-road motorcycles. 

The Future of BMW Motorcycles

Further in the Motor World interview, Schramm reaffirmed that urban mobility is the main focus of their electric pursuits. The BMW CEO indicated optimism about the future of electric motorcycles, claiming he was confident that they would become increasingly important within cities.   

In the same statements, Schramm reemphasized the five-year waiting period before we’ll see a proper BMW electric bike. This might signal that the manufacturer is switching gears — moving from high-power sportbikes like the Vision DC Roadster and E-Power Roadster to focus on motorcycles for city use. Or it could signal that BMW does not consider electric bikes to be a priority.

It’s difficult to say with confidence what the company’s motivations are. Whatever the reasons may be, what we do know is that BMW electric motorcycles will still likely be a long way off.

BMW Announces Induction Charging Pilot Program for U.S.

Every so often, car companies will announce pilot programs that consumers can participate in. This is to ensure that the program they want to offer resonates well with their consumer base, while also giving people access the latest in the car industry.

Sometimes pilot programs look like a new rental program that is only scheduled to operate for a certain length of time. It may come back in the future, depending on how successful it is.

BMW has announced a U.S. pilot program of their own. BMW owners in Germany have already enjoyed the program, so now US owners will get to participate as well.

Read on to learn what the program is and how you may be able to qualify. It could end up transforming how you use and interact with your BMW.

What It Is

When consumers raise their voice about a concern or need they have, brands do their best to listen and meet those needs. One of the biggest concerns that many car owners have is how their car can leave a smaller carbon footprint.

Going green has been an issue that’s gained speed and traction in recent years. The car industry is one of the biggest players in green initiatives, since cars run off fossil fuels that damage the environment and can’t be replaced.

That’s where the new pilot program comes in. The U.S. Induction Charging Pilot Program is meant to transition BMW owners to cars that charge off of electricity, making the process easier and more approachable.

How to Qualify

BMW plans to roll out this program in California, opening it to 200 participants over 13 counties. These participants must go through an approval process, so not everyone will qualify.

The brand is looking for BMW owners who meet the following criteria:

  • Must own a garage
  • Must live on a qualifying local electrical grid
  • Must complete a 36-month 530e sedan lease

This is an excellent way for BMW consumers to try out the world of electric cars without having to spend all the money upfront on a car they’d permanently keep. They could try the car out with the driving lifestyle and see if an electric car is a good match for their needs.

How It Changes the Future

Cars that run on gasoline hurt people and the environment at the same time, even though people can’t see the immediate effects. Air and noise pollution, along with toxic oil runoff from roadways and the limited fossil fuel resources all add up when so many people buy traditional cars.

BMW’s pilot program helps change the future by making it easy to try out. Participants will have a CarPad installed under their car and a GroundPad put in their garage for free. When they park their car over the pad, it wirelessly charges their car by using magnetic induction.

The car fully charges after just fours. It saves owners time, instead of making them stop at a gas station every few days to refuel.

BMW i3 Charging
BMW i3 Charging

One of the biggest hurdles people have to make when going green with their cars is making the leap into electric vehicles. It’s intimidating for someone who’s never done it before, but BMW owners who qualify for this program can try it out for free and change the future of how they experience their car.