BMW has handed over the first examples of the all-electric i4 to customers. The first delivery of the electric SUV BMW iX already took place about a week ago.
The electric sedan has been in production at the BMW plant in Munich since the end of October. BMW, which was recently caught lobbying against restrictions on CO2 outputs, now proudly points out that the BMW Group line-up now features five fully-electric vehicles.
The market launch of the iX and i4 may take place together, yet both models pursue different purposes: As a pure electric model on its own platform, the large e-SUV iX is supposed to show what current BMW technology is capable of in terms of electric mobility, driving assistants and connectivity. The i4, on the other hand, is to use these technology building blocks to bring all the functionality to the centre of the model range: a sporty mid-size sedan, of the kind that has defined the Munich brand core for decades.
After BMW presented the production version of both models in mid-June and armed the configurator in mid-July, the first of these vehicles are now in the hands of customers. We have summarised the dimensions and technical data of the drive in these articles on the i4 and iX.
With BMW now announcing the first deliveries of the i4, the carmaker highlights that the first handovers of the electric sedan have started three months earlier than originally planned. iX and i4 reinforce BMW’s all-electric range consisting of i3, Mini SE and iX3. In the near future, fully electric versions of the 7 Series, X1 as well as the high-volume 5 Series are to follow.
As related ambitions, BMW cites targets of producing all-electric cars at every German plant by 2022 and having at least one all-electric model on the road in each of around 90 per cent of today’s market segments by 2023. By 2030, the BMW Group wants to increase the share of fully electric vehicles in its global sales to at least 50 per cent.
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