BMW has announced that it will have an all-electric 3 Series sedan on display at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September. The company is cutting a number of previously available options throughout its model lineup to pay for electric car research and development. Is there anything Elon Musk cannot disrupt?
When the Tesla Model 3 goes into production next month, buyers will have a choice of color and wheels. That’s about it. It’s all about manufacturing efficiency. It is cheaper to build 10,000 cars that are essentially identical than to build 10,000 cars that are significantly different from each other.
Here’s what we know about the electric BMW 3 Series. It will have a range of about 248 miles. That’s it. Pretty sketchy info, huh? Even though the the car will be first shown to the public in September, it may not be in showrooms for a year or more after the reveal. Clearly, BMW is feeling queasy about the Tesla Model 3 and wants to respond in any way possible.
But will the electric 3 Series be a purpose-built EV with the battery mounted low in the chassis and a frunk where the engine used to be? Or will it be a bastardization of the traditional 3 Series chassis, with batteries stuck here and there? Nobody knows. Just as nobody knows the size of the battery, whether dual motors will be an option, or the price. “Stay tuned” is about all anyone can say at the moment.