By now, it is a known fact that major automobile manufacturers are working on electric cars of the future.
An official word can be considered with more strength than having to dwell on rumors. In 2021, a BMW M series electric car is coming to the stores, confirmed by the head of the department and it won’t be long before we have lots of BMW cars being considered as electric vehicles.
In his own words, Markus Flasch said that he is quite eager and is looking forward to launching the first fully electric-powered performance automobile for the first time in BMW history. While there has been plenty of experimental models in the past, the time has never been favorable of EVs until now. With all major countries of the world focusing on reduced emission, it looks like BMW will making their presence felt sooner than expected. It is said to be the BMW i4 electric sedan which is scheduled for launch in 2021 and luckily we are already in the first half of the year.
The automobile brand has some great expectations to meet especially when they are selling a car with an M-badge. The 2021 M3 and M4 are the confirmed models that will be unveiled in the following months but being a performance variant is no easy task when running purely on an electric motor. The transition is going to be slow and steady over the period of the next five years.
BMW Working on EVs to Rival Tesla
Tesla being the benchmark for electric cars of today launched their affordable Model 3. BMW has confirmed they are working on a rival which will be delivered with 523bhp combined with a maximum range of 370 miles on a single charge. The car will be performance-driven as it can reach 62 miles per hour in just 4 seconds with a top speed of 125mph making it an easy choice for anyone who would expect similar performance as a gasoline-powered vehicle.
M Performance variant from BMW will be on par with Model 3 and being such a prestigious brand, they are supposed to deliver something better than a newcomer. In their multiple statements and the rumors we came across, it looks like they are planning to retain the M Performance badge but call it the M Lite for the EV that is about to get launched in 2021. The performance should be on par with the X5 M SUV and the M2 CS Coupe which continues to be a crowd favorite for a long time now.
While it is difficult to complete ditch gasoline powered vehicles altogether, BMW is aiming to totally revamp its M series so that all of them could be powered with hybrid engines.
The company strongly believes that with the help of electricity powered motors, their cars could perform much better and be eco-friendly at the same time. BMW has opined that they are not interested to solely focus on reducing CO2 emissions on road or to provide people a chance to enjoy decreased fuel costs because they could charge their car at home. The brand is looking at possible options to use the electric motor and the gasoline engine so as to boost the overall speed of the car.
Dirk Hacker, vice-president of the engineering department had a detailed discussion with a top automobile magazine during which he discussed about the possibility of introducing hybrids for the entire BMW M series cars.
“We are ready to adopt the new technology especially when it is becoming inevitable and all circumstances point towards it. We have also received note that our buyers are not interested in using a car that doesn’t have a combustion engine attached to it”, he commented.
While it is good news, it also implies that BMW may not introduce all-electric cars soon because they strongly believe that hybrids are the future. They are in no hurry to switch to EVs, but rather want to make cars faster, run efficiently besides having an alternative motor to switch to, at specific occasions.
He also added that the weight of the car plays a crucial role in making it fuel efficient and perform well on the road. A lot of factors should be taken into account, but BMW is clear about adopting hybrid technology in at least one of their line ups.
The company’s chief said even though they wish to adopt new technology they are also keen not to reduce the experience a driver receives, when driving their vehicles. They don’t want to compromise in comfort in order to provide better performance and fuel economy.
It may be some months before the first generation of BMW M hybrid cars start rolling in, but the upcoming auto expos including the Geneva Show should be a good benchmark to know what the brand engineers have up their sleeve. An electric friendly automobile future is inevitable, but how far are they going to push the technology matters the more than simply adopting it.