Charl Bosch
Online Motoring Reporter
1 minute read
16 Jul 2019
9:21 am

BMW i3 facing uncertain future as mass electric roll-out intensifies

Charl Bosch

The future of the BMW i3 is reportedly hanging in the balance with no successor on the horizon when the current first generation’s lifecycle comes to an end.

On sale internationally since 2013 as the initiator of Munch’s i-range of dedicated electric or plug-in hybrid models, the report from Britain’s Auto Express alleges that the i3, which underwent a facelift two years ago, has come under renewed focus due to the brand’s more growing inclusion or availability of mass-produced electric cars.

“It is difficult to say if the i3 will have a straight successor as it [electrification] goes more into the mainstream. The i3 had a pioneering role – it was at the very beginning of BMW’s electrification plans but what we are seeing now is that electrification is moving more into the mainstream,” BMW Management Board Member of Sales, Pieter Nota, told the publication.

Along with the i8, the i3 rates as the only other model to ride on a carbon fibre platform, which, according to publication, will soon be phased out for the existing CLAR architecture, though Nota has stated that, “we will continue to use carbon fibre but not exactly in the way that we see it in the i3 today”.

Last month, newly elected BMW M boss, Markus Flasch, confirmed that the performance division will make the switch to electrification in order to “make our cars faster and enhances their performance”, further adding that there is “no contradiction in having EVs for both sub-brands”.

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