BMW’s i4 EV’s will beat out Tesla’s vehicles in terms of range, according to the BMW Group’s CEO Herald Kruger. The i4 EV will be based on the BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept car (shown in the photos). That car has impressive performance, including a 0-60 mph time of four seconds and a top speed of 125 mph. Add to that the long EV range and Tesla has a real battle on its hands. BMW Blog reported the vehicle will probably look a lot like a 4-Series Gran Coupe once it’s been outfitted for production.

BMW i4 EV driving on a road

The i4 EV will get BMW’s fifth generation eDrive technology. “With the fifth generation of eDrive, our vehicles will be able to drive 550 to 700 kilometers (roughly 340 to 435 miles) on electric power, depending on the model. We will achieve this in the BMW i4 and the iNEXT,” Kruger told reporters.

If BMW’s claims are correct, the i4 EV and other models using the fifth-generation eDrive technology will leave Tesla’s cars far behind in terms of range. The Tesla Model S 60D has a 210-mile EPA-rated range, and the Model S 100D is rated by the EPA at 335 miles by the EPA. With BMW’s cars possibly getting a full 100 miles more per charge, it’s pretty clear who the winner is.

BMW i4 EV side view while driving on a road

With that said, BMW’s i4 EV isn’t supposed to come out until 2020. That means Tesla has plenty of time to improve the range of its vehicles. The i4 EV isn’t the only vehicle that BMW is producing with its fifth-generation eDrive technology. It stands to reason that even if Tesla manages to up the range ante by 2020, the car company could lose sales to BMW just due to the fact that there will be more options in the premium EV market.

One of those options will undoubtedly be the i4 EV, and if it looks anything like the i Vision Dynamics Concept car that it's based on, we have to say it will be a more attractive vehicle than the current Tesla offerings. Additional vehicles include the iNEXT and the iX3 crossover, which should arrive in 2020 as well.



BMW i4 EV close up on the front end