Expand / The BMW i4 M50 is the first BMW EV to benefit from the company’s M division.

Jonathan Gitlin

Munich – For my life, the BMW 3 Series was the default choice for a compact sedan with good driving flexibility. Or a few years ago, Tesla Model 3 arrived and started eating 3 consecutive lunches. But now there is a battery-powered electric car that can turn things around for a BMW with a five-door speed seat sedan.

BMW has re-energized its electrification efforts after a few stumbling blocks. Last month we flew to Germany and drove the new flag of the car, the SUV iX. But the IM BMW is not the only new BV, and we have to spend a day with the $ 65,900 i4 M50 range. I4 is the first BMW electric car blessed in the historic M class, and comes with two electric motors packed in 4 series Gran Cop. The rest of this review is at risk, but it’s really good.

The I4 M50 may not be a Nuremberg monster like the M3, but it is a fast and powerful electric sedan that spins well and has some smart technology.
Expand / The I4 M50 may not be a Nuremberg monster like the M3, but it is a fast and powerful electric sedan that spins well and has some smart technology.

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Our first hint about the i4 Back in 2017, BMW introduced Vision Dynamics, a four-door electric concept. Last year the company tracked something very close to the production car, concept i4. In June, I found the front-facing car, the 55,400 i4 eDrive40, but I did not drive. That version is powered by a single-wheel drive engine, which is 483 miles[483 km].

But the Halo model is the 536 hp (400 kW) and 586 lb-ft (795 Nm) – a M50 that uses an electric motor that fits electrically on each ax, combining well with the current M3 and M4. Those figures make this the most powerful BMW EV to date. (The front engine is rated at 254 hp / 190 kW and 317 lb-ft / 430 Nm, while the rear engine is rated at 308 hp / 230 kW and 270 lb-ft / 365 Nm.)

Suitable for a company called Bavarian Motor Works, the driving units are home-made at the BMW Dingling Factory near Munich. The units are compact and have 50% more power than the drive unit in i3. Enjoying electricity, they avoid using unusual materials in their construction. BMW reports that the engines are 93 percent efficient.

BMW i4 drive unit explosion view.  BMW is proud to be an engine manufacturer and builds electric motors at home.
Expand / BMW i4 drive unit explosion view. BMW is proud to be an engine manufacturer and builds electric motors at home.

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The motors are powered by the lithium-ion battery pack you expect – below the i4 floor and between the front and rear axles. A total of 80.7 kW.

Presented by CATL and Samsung SDI, the 4.3-inch (110mm) long-form prism cells have 40% more energy than the cells in the BMW i3. BMW says the design and selection of materials will allow it to recycle up to 90 percent of the battery if necessary.

BMW i4 Battery Pack Explosion View.
Expand / BMW i4 Battery Pack Explosion View.

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Cheap, low-power i4, battery is good for 300 miles range. But between the i4 M50’s high output and the larger, wider tires and tires, EPA loses some of that capacity for approximately 245 miles (394 km). (For our global audience, the WLTP range estimates for M50 521 km and 590 km for eDrive40, which is very different from American driving styles)

Based on the power consumption of the i4 M50 in our region, these regional estimates seem reasonable. At 267 miles (430 km) and in 8 hours the car was 2.6 miles / km. Mph (225 km) on limited buses.

I4 accepts up to 200 kW DC fast charging through an industry-standard CCS port. BMW says it takes 31 minutes to charge 10 to 80 percent of a 200 kW DC fast charger. Thanks to the more standard, slower AC charger, the i4’s 11kW on-board charger expects the battery to take 10 to 100 percent battery life in just under eight hours.

The 200 kW DC fast charger consumes 10 to 80 percent of the I4 battery in 10 minutes.  AC slow payments take 10 to 100 percent less than eight hours.
Expand / The 200 kW DC fast charger consumes 10 to 80 percent of the I4 battery in 10 minutes. AC slow payments take 10 to 100 percent less than eight hours.

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