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
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Wow, how many whacks with the ugly stick that that take?
I’m not sure exactly what Andrei Avavarii’s job is and where he gets the “inspirations” for his renderings. Anyway, here is how he previewed the i3 and the i8 before they were launched:
They are quite accurate.
Anyway, 500 kWh? Yeah, sure, or maybe it’s just another car journalist who can not distinguish between energy and power.
Let’s hope he’s not too accurate this time because that will be one fugly SUV. 500 kWh? Riiiiiiggght. That’ll be a 5-ton SUV that needs a 1 MW quck charger. LMAO.
That will be only 50 kWh, I think.