BMW’s upcoming Vision Neue Klasse concept car will offer a glimpse into the automaker’s next-generation electric vehicles set to launch in 2025.
BMW will debut the Vision Neue Klasse concept car on September 2.
The concept car will be “close to standard production”.
BMW’s forthcoming electric vehicles will feature cylindrical batteries, faster charging speeds, and increased range.
During a conference call discussing BMW’s quarterly statement, CEO Oliver Zipse revealed the highly anticipated debut of the Vision Neue Klasse on September 2. Serving as a concept car following the i Vision Circular and i Vision Dee, this new vehicle will be showcased at the IAA Mobility show in Munich the following week.
BMW promises the Vision Neue Klasse concept car will be a step closer to standard production, providing valuable insights into the automaker’s forthcoming electric vehicle lineup. The initial models based on the NE architecture will be produced at the new Debrecen plant in Hungary, with Munich and Shanghai production set to begin a year later. In addition, BMW plans to assemble NE-based vehicles in San Luis Potosi and Spartanburg in the future.
The upcoming EV lineup will include a sedan and a crossover, catering to the 3 Series segment. The sedan is expected to be globally available, resembling the i3 model, while the crossover will be the next-generation iX3. These electric vehicles will feature cylindrical batteries, promising enhanced energy density and reduced weight.
BMW’s sixth-generation battery technology aims to deliver notable improvements, including faster charging speeds, lower production costs, and reduced CO2 emissions during manufacturing. The new EVs will come with two battery sizes: SUVs will have 120-mm tall cells, while smaller vehicles will use 95-mm cells, both featuring a 46-mm diameter. These batteries are projected to increase the range of the new EVs significantly.
BMW has no plans to exceed a range of 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) to ensure optimal performance and efficiency. The charging capabilities of the vehicles are impressive, with a minute at a charging station providing 30 miles (48 kilometers) of range and a quick 12-minute recharge from 0% to 95%.
The batteries are designed to retain 80% of their original performance even after a decade of use, ensuring long-term reliability for BMW’s new generation of electric vehicles. The Vision Neue Klasse concept car will undoubtedly offer exciting insights into the future of sustainable mobility and BMW’s commitment to electric innovation.