With the electric vehicle market having undergone exponential growth over recent years, competition has been heating up.
One of the marques arguably making the biggest inroads is BMW, with their “i” series of vehicles, set to be updated with not one, but three all-electric vehicles by 2021.
The three, named the iX3 SUV, the i4 fastback, and the iNext crossover, are expected to compete with current and forthcoming Tesla models, as well as Audi and Jaguar’s EV offerings, with the iNext to become the flagship model of the brand.
BMW themselves have released shots of the new cars during cold-weather tests in Sweden.
The iX3 is set for production in 2020, and for official launch in the second half of 2019.
The four-wheel drive vehicle will be powered by two electric motors, and boasts a 400 kilometer range. BMW says the iX3 will be able to charge at 150kW stations, which may result in a charging time as low as half-an-hour. Competitors are set to include the Tesla Model Y and the Jaguar iPace.
Set to follow shortly after the iX3, will be the i4 fastback, although exact launch dates aren’t yet known. With an expected range of 600 kilometers, with a sub 5-second zero-to-100 time, its anticipated competitor, the Tesla Model S P100D does it in 2.5 seconds.
The last to be launched will be the BMW iNext, which BMW says will be equipped with Level 3 autonomous driving, and will be outfitted with the latest technology the brand can offer. With a claimed range similar to that of the i4, it’s expected to take on Audi e-Tron and Tesla’s Model X SUV.