On Friday, BMW announced that it has officially begun its series production of the BMW i4 electric car. This is an exciting development, as it marks BMW’s transition to electric – specifically, the Munich plant where the i4 will be produced.
“For the plant and team, the launch of the BMW i4 is a milestone on the road to electric mobility,” shares Milan Nedeljković, BMW board member for production. “By 2023 more than half of all vehicles from our Munich facility will have an electrified drive. The majority will be fully electric. So Munich goes fully electric.”
The i4 is BMW’s first true electric sport sedan, and is expected to compete with the Tesla Model 3. Notably, the i4 has been promoted as a more affordable EV (starting at $69,755), in the hopes of converting more BMW drivers to switch to electric.
The i4 will be offered in two versions: the BMW i4 40 and the BMW i4 M50. According to the automaker, the new EV offers a battery pack with a capacity of 83.9 kWh and enabling “up to 590km (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure, or WLTP) and up to 300 miles (EPA)” of range. It also has a power output of up to 390kW/530HP with a dual motor powertrain, which is going to enable an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in around four seconds. The EV will also offer fast charging capabilities, with a DC fast-charging capacity of “up to 205 kW.” Notably, these specs are within the same range as the standard Tesla Model 3.
Initial deliveries of the i4 are expected to begin in Europe over the next few weeks.