The BMW i5 has been rumoured to be launched in 2021, roughly 8 years after the launch of the BMW i3, their first and only electric car. After much speculation and conjectures, it can be finally noted that the i5, the queued up electric vehicle by the German automobile company, takes the shape of an SUV.
Though no official declaration has been made yet, Harald Krüger, chairman of the board of management of BMW AG, has revealed that the next model in the electric car series has been queued up for 2021, referring to it as the “i Next”.
According to the sources, BMW i5 has taken the shape of an SUV since this segment of cars besides coming with a bigger margin of profit compared to the sedans and hatchbacks, have been blooming in the market of late. Moreover, another reason why BMW has chosen to mould the i5 into the shape of an SUV is the size factor. Owing to the size that SUVs are shaped into, a bigger and bulkier battery can be accommodated, since they did not want to compromise with the power.
According to Ian Robertson, BMW’s head of sales and marketing, they are waiting until 2021 to launch the i5 solely because they want to take full advantage of the so-called next big thing in the battery, electric motor and autonomy. Of course, this could possibly refer to the 125-amp- hour li-ion cell battery by Samsung, which is scheduled to hit the market by 2019 or latest by 2020.
Robertson has been further heard as quoting that the i3 and i8 has managed to gain an edge over its opponents. They have instilled competency in the field of lightweight and electric cars and have kept BMW a notch ahead in the race.