All-Electric BMW 3 Series in the Works

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An all-electric BMW 3 Series will join the model’s lineup.

The next-generation BMW 3 Series will make its debut within the next 18 months, and an all-electric variant is being developed to take on the Tesla Model 3. The popular luxury sedan will take advantage of lightweight carbon fiber and a new range of three-, four- and six-cylinder engines to stay competitive in the crowded segment, but it’s the all-electric version that will make things interesting.

BMW has spent the last few years dedicated to electrification with its i sub-brand, and much of the technology is being used across the lineup in the form of plug-in hybrid powertrains.

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To help shed weight on the next-generation BMW 3 Series, the automaker will use an all-new architecture called Cluster Architecture, or CLAR for short. The use of carbon fiber was first introduced on the new BMW 7 Series, which will now benefit the 3 Series.

Likely to sport the eDrive badge, the all-electric BMW 3 Series could be powered by a 90-kWh battery pack, making it competitive with the existing Tesla Model S. But it may not arrive until 2020, which gives Tesla a three-year head start if the American automaker can deliver on its promise on Model 3 production by 2017.

[Source: Auto Express]

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  • smartacus

    Now i’ve driven the BMW ActiveE concept on a public road; it felt heavy and plodding.
    You could tell a lot of weight was being put on those tires.

    A 3-Series OTOH is already heavy, ungainly, and quickly becoming the soul successor to the Buick Roadmaster, so nobody will notice.