BMW’s 2020 electric family car with a 373-mile range

  • BMW i Vision Dynamics concept revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
  • It will take the ‘i5’ name, slotting into BMW’s ‘i’ range with the i3 and i8 supercar
  • BMW says it will hit 62mph in 4 seconds and have a top speed of 120mph
  • Its 373-mile claimed range is still 20 miles short of the Tesla Model S on sale now
  • German rivals – Mercedes, VW and Audi – showcase their EVs for the future, too

BMW has fired a warning shot at Tesla with the unveiling of its i Vision Dynamics electric concept – a four-door family car that it says will be capable of covering 373 miles on a full charge when it goes on sale in 2020.

The pure-electric car will look to knock the Tesla Model S from its pedestal, and be the premium family-saloon to have when it arrives on the market in three years’ time.

But if it is to dethrone the American car brand from the top ranks it will need to up the battery capacity to match Tesla’s impressive 393-mile range claim or significantly undercut the £90,900 price tag of the long distance-covering Model S. 

Will it trump Tesla? BMW hopes its new all-electric family-sized coupe will take the fight to Tesla and its Model S from 2020

Will it trump Tesla? BMW hopes its new all-electric family-sized coupe will take the fight to Tesla and its Model S from 2020

Showcasing the concept car for the first time at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show on Tuesday, BMW has all but confirmed that it will build a production version.

This is likely to take the name ‘i5’ when it becomes available from 2020.

It will be one of 25 pure-electric or hybrid vehicles available from the German brand by 2025, sitting between the already available i3 supermini and i8 supercar. 

So think of it as a 5 Series with a zero-emissions powertrain.

Speaking at the official unveiling, BMW Chairman Harald Krüger said: ‘With the BMW i Vision Dynamics we are showcasing how we envisage future electric mobility between the i3 and i8: a dynamic and progressive, four-door gran coupe.

‘We are therefore electrifying the heart of the BMW brand and, at the same time, elevating BMW i into a totally new dimension.’

BMW Group CEO Harald Krueger (third from right) unveiled the i Vision Dynamics concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show on Tuesday morning

BMW Group CEO Harald Krueger (third from right) unveiled the i Vision Dynamics concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show on Tuesday morning

The i Vision Dynamics concept is said to have a 373-mile range. But that's still 20 miles short of the longest-range Tesla Model S on sale today

The i Vision Dynamics concept is said to have a 373-mile range. But that’s still 20 miles short of the longest-range Tesla Model S on sale today

The new car is set to sit between the i3 and i8 in BMW's electrified range, which is one reason why many believe it will take on the i5 name

The new car is set to sit between the i3 and i8 in BMW’s electrified range, which is one reason why many believe it will take on the i5 name

The new electric dimension steps firmly on the feet of Tesla, which for now is the only brand with a dedicated electric-powered premium family saloon. 

Other car makers are likely to have their own electric cars on the road by 2020 too, with a host of electric announcements in Frankfurt and jaguar showcasing its I-Pace, due next year. 

The cheapest of today’s Teslas is the Model S 75, costing £60,000 in the UK. It has a 298-mile range, can silently accelerate from 0-to-60mph in 4.3 seconds and has a top speed of 140mph.

So how does that compare to the BMW i Vision Dynamics?

BMW i Vision Dynamics concept
Tesla Model S

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Side-by-side: With a swooping roof line and four doors, the BMW i Vision Dynamics concept (left) is similar is shape to the existing Tesla Model S (right)

Moving away from  tradition, BMW has gone for an all-new front grille design, shifting from the kidney shape that's adorned the German cars for decades while keeping echoes of it

Moving away from  tradition, BMW has gone for an all-new front grille design, shifting from the kidney shape that’s adorned the German cars for decades while keeping echoes of it

BMW says it will have a 25-strong fleet of electric and hybrid vehicles by 2025 

BMW says it will have a 25-strong fleet of electric and hybrid vehicles by 2025 

The German soon-to-be-competitor is claimed to have an additional 95 miles of battery range, and would match the Model S 75 in a sprint to 62mph and have a slightly slower top speed of 120mph.

However, against the longest-travelling Model S on sale today – the 100D – BMW is some 20 miles short on range, and 35mph slower in terms of top speed. 

With another three years of development time before BMW’s new pretender emerges on the market, Tesla has plenty of time to move the goalposts further – especially as it can perform model upgrades via downloadable software.

Electric-car Top Trumps: BMW i Vision Dynamics vs Tesla Model S 

The BMW can't match the Tesla Model S (pictured) for top speed

The BMW can’t match the Tesla Model S (pictured) for top speed

BMW i Vision Dynamics

Available: 2020

Range: 373 miles

0-62mph: under 4 secs

Top speed: 120mph

Price: TBC 

 Tesla Model S 75 

Available: Now 

Range: 298 miles

0-62mph: 4.3 secs

Top speed: 140mph

Price: £60,000

Tesla Model S 100D

Available: Now 

Range: 393 miles

0-62mph: 4.1 secs

Top speed: 155mph

Price: £90,900

As well as moving away from internal combustion engines, BMW has decided to take a new design direction, most notably up front.

Instead of the traditional kidney grille that’s adorned BMW’s for decades, the i Vision Dynamics concept features a vertical grille that’s highlighted with blue outlines and flanked by LED-strip headlights.

It also has a panoramic glass roof that extends the whole length of the car and large single-piece panels that reduce the number of gaps in the bodywork to make the shell as streamlined as possible.

With the show car locked from the prying eyes of the world’s motoring media, there’s no indication of what the interior looks like – though expect it to be futuristic and laden with high-tech features and semi-autonomous driving technology.

BMW's electric gran coupe has a claimed top speed of 120mph and can accelerate to 62mph in four seconds

BMW’s electric gran coupe has a claimed top speed of 120mph and can accelerate to 62mph in four seconds

The iVision Dynamics concept features a glasshouse panoramic roof stretching the length of the cabin

The iVision Dynamics concept features a glasshouse panoramic roof stretching the length of the cabin

Want a BMW i Vision Dynamics - aka the i5? You'll have to wait until 2020, according to reports

Want a BMW i Vision Dynamics – aka the i5? You’ll have to wait until 2020, according to reports

Mercedes, VW and Audi tease electric futures

BMW’s nearest rivals also set their own electric vehicle goals for the future at the same motor event. 

Mercedes set a deadline of 2022 for it to have 10 electric cars on sale – though they won’t be called Mercedes.

Instead, the German manufacturer will sell its zero-emissions vehicles under the newly-formed EQ banner.

Hinting at what these cars could look like, it showcased the Concept EQA at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show – an A-Class sized hatchback with a 250-mile battery range. 

Mercedes-Benz confirmed its electrified cars would sit under the EQ banner. This Concept EQA is based on the existing A-Class hatchback but with a zero-emissions powertrain 

Mercedes-Benz confirmed its electrified cars would sit under the EQ banner. This Concept EQA is based on the existing A-Class hatchback but with a zero-emissions powertrain 

Volkswagen made an even bolder prediction, claiming it would have 80 electrified models – both pure-electric and hybrid – by 2025 as part of a project called ‘Roadmap E’.

Speaking to the world’s press on Tuesday, Volkswagen Group chairman Matthias Mueller said: ‘We are setting the scene for a final breakthrough in e-mobility. 

‘Such a breakthrough won’t be achieved by self-proclaimed ‘pioneers’, it will be achieved by a company selling over 10 million vehicles annually.’

One of those 80 ‘electrified’ cars will be a compact SUV, teased at the show in the form of the I.D. Crozz II concept.

The real thing won’t be here until 2020 – along with a zero-emissions Golf-sized hatchback – but VW said it will have a power output of 302bhp, top speed of 112mph and range of 311 miles. It will also be able to charge to 80 per cent of its battery capacity in just 30 minutes.

VW said it intends to have no less than 80 pure-electric and hybrid cars in its ranks by 2025. One will be a compact SUV, previewed by the I.D. Crozz II (pictured)

VW said it intends to have no less than 80 pure-electric and hybrid cars in its ranks by 2025. One will be a compact SUV, previewed by the I.D. Crozz II (pictured)

Audi's Aicon is a driverless concept with a massive 497-miles range

Audi’s Aicon is a driverless concept with a massive 497-miles range

The Aicon measured in at 5.4 metres long. But don't worry about having to park it - it doesn't have a steering wheel or pedals, so will do that itself

The Aicon measured in at 5.4 metres long. But don’t worry about having to park it – it doesn’t have a steering wheel or pedals, so will do that itself

Audi also got in on the act of predicting its future of mobility.

It unveiled a limousine-size luxury model called the Aicon – not to be confused with air-con – measuring in at a monstrous 5.4-metres in length.

But don’t worry about parking it, because you physically can’t; it doesn’t have a steering wheel, pedals or even headlights, as this is Audi’s vision of what driverless vehicles could be like when they do arrive.

Like the VW SUV, it can be charged to 80 per cent battery capacity in half an hour, but the sheer enormity of the car means there’s more space for lithium-ion battery packs to be stored. That means it has the longest range of all the electric models here, at a claimed 497 miles.






Courtesy: Daily Mail Online

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