Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

BMW Debuts EV Concept for Tesla Competitor

BMW Debuts EV Concept for Tesla Competitor

As part of BMW's push towards electric mobility it has revealed a four-door Gran Coupe, the BMW i Vision Dynamics, that offers a pointer to how its next i model, the i5, will look. It's capable of a top speed in excess of 120 miles per hour, can reach 60 mph in under four seconds, and has a driving range of up to 372 miles.

Although the BMW i Vision Dynamics is, in a sense, the beginning, it is by no means a solitaire.

Naturally this model would slot into BMW's EV range between the existing i3 hatch and i8 supercar, but with four doors and a boot it should appeal to a wider, environmentally conscious audience.

Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president at BMW Group Design, added: "With the i3 and i8 we have designed a revolutionary city vehicle and a revolutionary sports auto". Done in a "reflection silver" colour, the new Mini Electric concept looks quite smashing with its contrasting yellow paint scheme. "The BMW i Vision Dynamics allows us to show right now what another electric BMW might look like".

The third pure EV in the Bavarian company's portfolio, the i Vision Dynamics slots between the i3 city auto and the i8 sports model, bringing a new design direction to Munich's wares. The show car's large wheel wells accommodate typically large BMW i-styled 22-inch rims.

BMW Group chairman Harald Krüger said: "At the BMW Group, the future of electric mobility has already arrived".

While the iVision Dynamics Concept can not be mistaken for anything else but a BMW, certain design feature set it apart from the regular vehicle models. The automaker is planning 25 electrified vehicles (12 of them fully electric) by the year 2025. "With the BMW i Vision Dynamics we are therefore electrifying the heart of the BMW brand and, at the same time, elevating BMW i into a totally new dimension".

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