BMW wants half of its new cars sold to be battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2030. It has sold over 57,000 EVs globally so far this year alone, in part thanks to its new i4 all-electric sedan, and the party isn’t going to stop there. BMW just announced the introduction of the 2023 BMW i4 eDrive35, a new base-level i4 sedan with a less powerful single drive motor and a decent estimated driving range.
The new eDrive35 joins the i4 lineup that already includes the i4 eDrive40 and high-performance i4 M50 as the new base-level option priced at $52,395 including destination, about $4,000 cheaper than the now-midlevel eDrive40. It sports most of the same running gear as the other i4 and BMW iX models, albeit with less output from its single motor.
The battery pack features 66 kWh of usable high-voltage energy storage that juices up a single, rear-mounted synchronous motor capable of up to 281 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, though those are preliminary power figures that could change by the production date, BMW notes. The eDrive35 can get from 0 to 60 mph in a claimed 5.8 seconds. For comparison’s sake, the eDrive40 model delivers 335 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque from its motor, as well as an 81-kWh battery.
Rolling on 18-inch wheels, BMW estimates the eDrive35 trim will be capable of achieving up to 260 miles of estimated range before needing to be topped up, using the same EPA test procedure standards (actual EPA range may be different once it’s announced). The battery can be charged at a rate of up to 180 kW with a DC fast charger, boosting the battery from 10 percent to 80 percent state-of-charge in a claimed timeframe of just half an hour based on early testing.
The new model will be just as capable of over-the-air software updates as its i4 siblings, adding improved functionality to the updated BMW Operating System 8 running on the large curved display in the interior. The eDrive35 also gets access to all of the optional extras as the eDrive40, including bigger wheels (that may negatively impact efficiency), the Shadowline dark accent trim package, or the premium package that features stuff like heated seats and steering.
Deliveries of the new eDrive35 are anticipated to begin in the first quarter of 2023.
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