BMW Has Two Surprises for Fans of the i3
The BMW i3 was a big move for the brand, as the German firm felt that its first all-electric vehicle deserved its own sub-brand, which it shares with the i8. However, BMW going to wait around to see the i3 and i8 play it out; the company is reportedly already hard at work building “something a little bigger, maybe a little more range, relative to the i3,” according to BMW’s head of electric vehicle operations and strategy, Jacob Harb. That would imply that the company is building an “i5,” if the numeric system on its conventional vehicles is any indication. Harb will be traveling to Munich to ”start the discussions further” with BMW’s upper echelons regarding the company’s next round of electric vehicles, Autoblog Green reported.
While that’s happening, BMW’s initial Active E program — in which customers were able to lease an electric-powered 1 series — is ending. This means that those leasing the electric cars will need to move on to other vehicles, and an ”overwhelming majority” of them have expressed interest in moving to BMW’s i3.
“As a thank you to them for being part of this broad journey with us,” BMW will roll out the i3 Electronaut Edition, accounting for the first cars to roll off the assembly line. Harb declined to say what would be different about the special editions, but he acknowledged that the “options and features” would help distinguish the car from the outside.