BMW does not see the future in electric cars with ICENovember 26, 2019
Extended-range electric cars are electric cars with ICE as a generator. According to BMW, they have no future, although sales of the BMW i3 Rex are still ongoing.
BMW Automotive Electrification Manager Jan Freemann recently announced that extended-range electric vehicles are losing their relevance. Similar cars were produced on the verge of two technologies. On the one hand – this is an electric car with a capacious battery and a good power reserve. On the other hand, they are equipped with an internal combustion engine operating as a generator. The most famous model is the BMW i3 Rex.
Similar cars were relevant at the dawn of the popularization of electric cars. It was easier for customers to decide on a purchase, knowing that they always have an emergency exit. You can start the engine and drive on an electric car like a regular car. But with the development of the industry as a whole and the network of fast charging stations, this technology is losing its relevance.
Many electric cars now allow you to drive from 350 to 600 km on a single charge. At the start of sales of the BMW i3, it could travel up to 130 km, and now it is sold with a more capacious battery, providing a range of up to 260 km.
Although the company will no longer develop “extended power reserve” technology, the BMW i3 Rex will continue until 2021 inclusive. As a generator, he uses a small 0.6-liter gasoline two-cylinder engine.
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