The company believes 600 kilometers (372 miles – WLTP) is enough range, thus it won’t try to increase it further
The BMW i4 and iX both have a range of 590 kilometers (366 miles – WLTP)
Chinese automakers are getting ready to introduce cars with 1,000 kilometers of range (621 miles – WLTP)
BMW told the Australian website Which car? that it will not pursue greater range for its electric cars that what has already been achieved with the i4 and iX.
According to the automaker, most drivers don’t need more range in their vehicles and the multiplication of DC fast chargers combined with advancements in charging technologies mean that drivers that do need to stop for charging won’t have to wait for long periods.
This means new BMW electric vehicles will not have a range greater than 600 kilometers (372 miles) according to the WLTP testing method.
Due to the non-linear relationship between the EPA and WLTP range figures for electric cars, it is hard to say exactly which number will be the EPA range cap for BMW’s, but since the i4 and iX have 590 kilometers (366 miles) of WLTP tested range and 475 kilometers (295 miles) of EPA estimated range, we should expect a maximum range of 500 kilometers (310 miles) from any new electric BMW.
This decision is surprising because having only 500 kilometers (310 miles) of range could slow down the adoption of electric vehicles, especially in rural areas, where driving distances are greater and fast charging stations are scarce.
In addition, most manufacturers are constantly developing bigger and more powerful batteries in order to increase their EV’s range.
Indeed, some Chinese car companies have even targeted 1,000 kilometers of range as their goal in order to convince buyers to choose electric cars over gasoline powered ones.
BMW has even specifically said that 1,000 kilometers of range is not in their plans for future EVs, so it seems unlikely the company will change its mind on the subject.
Source: Which Car?