BMW: production of electric cars is too expensiveApril 2, 2018
The popularity of electric cars in Europe, the US and China is growing rapidly, which forces automakers to allocate more and more funds for the development of new electrical platforms. But not everything is so cloudless. As you know, Tesla can not arrange the delivery of a mass electric Model 3, now BMW has told about the difficulties of the development of electric models.
According to the portal Motor1, until 2020, the mass production of electric cars BMW is not expected, because this is not conducive to technological limitations. At the moment, electric models do not bring the company a significant profit, while sales of gasoline and diesel models allow you to confidently develop the business. Nevertheless, the situation may change radically, when in a few years the technology will move forward.
According to Harald Kruger, Chairman of the Board of BMW AG, the fourth generation of powerplants that are equipped with the current electric models of the brand are too expensive to produce, and the situation will change with the beginning of production of the fifth generation of units.
The fifth generation of power plants, he said, will significantly reduce costs in production. He did not say the exact figure, but hinted that it was a question of two-digit numbers.
The company also plans to invest at least $ 100 million in research into the sixth generation of electric power plants. By 2025, BMW is going to bring the number of electrified models to 25, of which 12 will be fully electric.
Last year, the company sold 21,010 copies of the i3 electric car in the European market, whereas in 2016 the company sold 14,999 cars of this model. These figures show that the demand for Bavarian electric cars is growing rapidly, despite all the difficulties experienced.
But the mass model of BMW will not be so compact hatchback i3, as there is a sedan i4, which will compete with Tesla Model 3. The car will be produced from 2020 and have a power reserve in the region of 600-700 kilometers.