BMW 7 Series: Next generation’s top model to be fully electric

BMW 7 Series

BMW has confirmed that its next generation BMW 7 Series will include a full electric model.

Dr Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, formally announced plans to offer the next-generation 7 Series as a pure electric model at the Annual Accounts Press Conference 2020.

Zipse said that the completely silent version of the full size luxury sedan will be offered alongside conventionally powered models running on gasoline and diesel.

“And I can tell you officially today: That our BMW 7 Series flagship will be one of them,” Zipse said.

“The next-generation 7 Series will be available with four drive train variants: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid and fully-electric. All drive trains will be based on a single architecture. And the top, most powerful 7 Series will be fully electric.”

The most powerful BMW 7 Series on sale today is the M760i with a twin-turbo 6.6-litre V12 engine producing 601 horsepower.

When Zipse said “it will be one of them”, the CEO is talking about the new BMW iX3 electric SUV. The German automaker announced that it will go into production in China this year and be exported to other markets globally for sale, although BMW publicly stated it would not be sold in the US.

The new BMW 7 Series, unlikely to be released before 2022, will have a fifth-generation eDrive system. The eDrive system will power the upcoming i4, the iX3 and iNEXT. In the i4 the system is developed to produce up to 390kW, while in the iX3 it is ‘de-tuned’ to develop 210kW. The i4 concept car produced 526bhp, Top Gear reported.

BMW states that by 2023 it will have 25 electrified models available.

The German multinational company says that by 2021, demand for electrified vehicles is predicted to double compared with 2019. From 2021, the demand is expected to increase by more than 30% every year towards 2025.

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