Oh, yes, the BMW i4 eDrive40 gives a range of 590 km on a full charge. It pips the recently unveiled Kia EV6’s 528-km range. Also, in comparison to the EV6, the i4 eDrive40 has a slightly larger 80.7-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Now, how many kilometres does that transpire in real-world driving conditions? You’ll soon know about it in our review.
As for performance, BMW is currently only offering the i4 eDrive40 variant, which is still decently quick. On paper, it produces 335 bhp and 43.85 kgm of torque, that’s enough for it to complete the 0-100-kph sprint in 5.7 seconds. Oh, and it comes with air suspension and is rear-wheel driven. Sweet.
Let’s address the charging times, then. If you plug the i4 into an 11-kW AC charger, it will take 8.25 hours for a 0-100 per cent charge. With a slightly bigger 50-kW DC charger, the wait time for 100 km of range reduces to 18 minutes. Also, it takes 83 minutes to charge from 10-80 per cent. With the mega 205-kW DC charger, the i4 takes 31 minutes to charge from 10-80 per cent. And a 10-minute charge will give you a range of 164 km. Not bad.
It has a 12.3-inch digital information display, a 14.9-inch Control Display with Navigation, a 17-speaker Harman Kardon Surround Sound System, wireless charging, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a lot more on the inside. It has a 470-litre boot that can be enlarged to 1290 litres thanks to the rear bench’s 40/20/40 split.
Now, BMW’s launched the i4 eDrive40 Sport for an introductory price of Rs 69.90 lakh (ex-showroom). What do you think of this electric Beemer’s price? Recently Pablo had a lot of fun driving the Kia EV6 around the BIC; full story here.