BMW i4 Electric Sport Coupe Coming To LA Auto Show?


Are electric cars the future, or are they a fad? That is the question many automakers are grappling with as they wrestle with government mandates and consumer skepticism. A new report suggests that BMW hasn’t given up yet, and may debut a new all-electric sports coupe at the LA Auto Show called the BMW i4.

The BMW i4 coupe could be based on the upcoming BMW i3 all-electric sedan (with optional range extender?) according to a report in French car magazine l’Automobile. The BMW i4 would use a carbon-reinforced chassis and body to offset some of the extra weight from the batteries, and I assume it will keep the rear-wheel drive setup of the i3 as well.

An all-electric BMW coupe that isn’t the fantastically-expensive i8 supercar? I can totally get down with that. Though just a rumor for now, pricing is rumored to be well above the i3’s target price tag of around $50,000. BMW has targeted a sub-8 second 0-60 mph time for the i3, so I for one assume a BMW EV sports coupe would be at least a second or two quicker.

It is fair to say that BMW is taking a broader approach to fuel efficiency than many other automakers, touting advances in everything from electric turbochargers to their first-ever front-wheel drive hybrids. Right now BMW is testing a fleet of electric MINI-E coupes in their home country as a followup to the original MINI-E lease program. The EV programs at the Bavarian Motor Works are alive and well…at least for now.

Is it a good idea for BMW to stick with expensive-but-sporty EVs as other automakers like Audi pull back?

Source: Green Car Reports | l’Automobile

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  • Jason Carpp

    I guess it depends on who you ask. It’s not for me, personally. I prefer good old fashioned gasoline and diesel Internal Combustion Engines. For some people, it may be the best way to go. And a vehicle as small as the BMW in the pictures, although it wouldn’t be the best vehicle for long distance travel along the open freeway, it’d be great for city driving, where parking is, at best, limited.

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