Khodrocar - Speaking with industry journal Automotive News Europe, Stefan Jurascheck, head of electric powertrains for BMW AG, described the oddball pair as "unique”.
"These two were not [developed] as a family that we can expand in different [ways], or maybe five or 10 derivatives,” Jurascheck said.
Don’t expect the models to disappear any time soon, though. The i3 has recently been updated with a 94Ah battery, not to mention the sporty i3s variant, while there’s refreshed i8 and i8 Roadster coming later this year.
BMW outlined the battery-powered direction it plans on taking in December last year. Speaking to media at a special event in Munich, Dr Ian Robertson, member of the BMW board of management, said the "trend toward e-mobility is irreversible” at this point.
Starting with the iNext, the X3 and Mini EV, each BMW will be built to handle internal-combustion engines and electric powertrains. Batteries will be located between the axles, and both internal-combustion and electric vehicles will roll down the same production line.
A range of motor units, running from 100kW to 300+kW in output, will be offered across the entry-level, luxury and performance spectrum.
As for the batteries, capacities will run from 60kWh to 120kWh.
Why won’t the i3 and i8 benefit from that strategy, and run into a mass-produced second generation?
For starters, they’ve always been pitched as a way to show what’s possible when intelligent materials, modern powertrains and a dash of Germanic design flair (seriously) are combined.
Maybe that isn’t transferrable into a second generation.