Car Magazine claims to have unveiled BMW’s long-rumoured third “i” electric vehicle; the BMW i6 – the magazine published the rendering of the vehicle featured above. The report is somewhat odd and it should be taken with a grain of salt in my opinion.
According to Car’s Georg Kacher, the i6 crossover will have a 300-mile range, but he says that BMW hasn’t even decided if the powertrain will be fully battery-powered, fuel cell, or hybrid, and yet he claims that the company plans to use lithium polymer batteries to make a 500 kWh battery pack, which sounds highly unlikely and unnecessary to achieve a 300-mile range for a vehicle of that size. Although, with a 4-year timeframe, who knows what they are doing?
A battery pack with such capacity would hold about 20 times more energy than BMW’s current i3 battery pack, but the company aims to release a new battery pack later this year, which would reduce the leap needed to achieve such a capacity.
The i6 would join the i3 and i8 in BMW’s electric “i” lineup. Again according to Kacher, BMW wants to sell about 60,000 units a year, which would be significantly more than the other models in the lineup.
Featured image: Car Magazine – Andrei Avavarii