According to an online report by Automobil Produktion, an online German news site, BMW boss, Norbert Reithofer, has confirmed that BMW is currently testing the next car in their i-Range line up. Hinted to be a mid-sized van, similar to 2 Series Active Tourer, the vehicle would open its i-Range up to a wider audience.
This could be the much rumoured i5, a larger, more family-friendly version of the i3 – although this is just speculation on our part.
This report does go against comments from earlier this year when BMW’s production Chief Harald Krueger told Automotive News that the German automaker won’t be adding any new models to its lineup until it knows what demand really is for plug-in cars.
However, sales for the i3 and i8 have been going better than expected. In mid-April BMW confirmed they had increased production of the i3 ahead of the US launch to keep up with demand. While the i8 has already sold out for this year.
The i3 and i8 have been gaining a lot of interest. Just this weekend James May, one of the trio that heads up the UK automotive show Top Gear, confirmed that he has bought an i3 REx and that he sees electric propulsion as the future for cars. This goes against his two counterparts who have always looked upon electric cars as a bit of an oddity.
As the number of electrically powered cars that BMW makes increases, it is likely that the costs associated with each one will come down. The German manufacturer will be able to take advantage of the economies of scale.
A third electric car from BMW would make them join Renault at the top of the pile when it comes to automotive companies ranked by how many production electric cars they make.
Would you consider buying an electric version of the 2 Series Active Tourer? Do you want to see larger electric cars or do they seem too much like an efficiency nightmare to you? Let us know below.
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