Some of the plan remains a mystery, but BMW's direction is becoming clearer.
BMW has big plans for electric cars. The brand has announced its intent to expand the i division to 12 EV models by 2025. The i division currently only produces two models, the i3 and i8, plus the recently revealed i8 roadster. Up until now, we haven't been given many details about how BMW plans to expand its electric lineup. But the company recently published its predicted product lineup, which includes 25 EV and hybrid models by 2025. In BMW's plans, EV and hybrid models will account for 25 percent of its sales.
The plan includes a common platform that will underpin future i models as well as electrified versions of more mainstream cars like the 3 Series. 12 pure EV models will ride on this new architecture, while the rest will use some form of hybridization. BMW plans to heavily modify its CLAR platform, which will first be used on a flagship model currently known as the iNEXT (likely a future 7 or 8 Series). This model will be revealed in 2021, and will introduce an advanced suite of autonomous technology. Sitting along side the modified CLAR platform will be the UKL1 FWD platform, which is currently used in several Mini models and is referred to as the FAAR platform.
Unlike the current i3 or i8, the CLAR and FAAR platforms will be scalable to utilize combustion engines, plug-in hybrid powertrains and pure-electric powertrains. These platforms will come in two forms, with two different battery position layouts: a higher configuration for SUVs, and a lower configuration for sedans and coupes. Unfortunately, most of the models in this plan are still a mystery, but we did get some details. An electric Mini is set to arrive in 2019, and we should expect a production version of the i Vision Dynamics Concept (likely a future i5) before 2021. Expect to see FWD models with around 268 hp, while RWD models will start with around 295 hp. There will also be room for performance models.
BMW could release a performance-oriented setup with four electric motors, one on each axle for four-wheel-drive. There could also be a triple-motor setup with two motors in the rear for a combined output of around 800 hp. The i3 and the i8 may not have been the revolutionary leaps forward that we all hoped they would be, but it seems like BMW is about to take some big steps to building some incredible hybrid and EV models.