BMW i4 is one of the latest new all-electric models from BMW, which entered production in Munich, Germany in October. Customer deliveries in Europe started in November. In the U.S., the i4 will be available from Q1 2022.

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The BMW i4 is essentially an electric version of the BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe, based on the BMW CLAR platform. Initially, two versions have been introduced, the rear-wheel-drive BMW i4 eDrive40 and the sporty, all-wheel-drive BMW i4 M50. Both are equipped with an 83.9 kWh battery.

EPA range

According to BMW, the i4 eDrive40 with base 18″ wheels has an EPA range of up to 484 km. The switch to 19″ wheels lowers the range by several percent to 454 km.

In the case of M50, the energy consumption is much higher. With 19″ wheels, the EPA range is 434 km. However, the switch to 20″ wheels will result in just 365 km. That’s quite a significant 16% decrease.

Battery

BMW reveals that the i4 is equipped with an 83.9 kWh battery, and interestingly 81.5 kWh or 97.1% is usable, which is quite a high value. The battery consists of prismatic battery cells.

Drive units

The BMW i4 uses the BMW’s 5th Generation eDrive. In the case of the i4 eDrive40, it’s a 250 kW electric synchronous motor (without permanent magnets), which translates into 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 5.5 seconds.

The i4 M50 has two electric motors for all-wheel drive with a total system output of 400 kW. The front motor is 200 kW, while the rear is 250 kW. The higher power allows accelerating from 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 3.7 seconds.

Charging

In the U.S., the BMW i4 is equipped with a single-phase 11 kW onboard charger, which allows to fully recharge (0-100%) in 8 hours and 15 minutes.

The DC fast charging power is up to 200 kW and a 10-80% recharge should take 31 minutes.

BMW i4 specs

BMW i4 eDrive40 specs (U.S. version):

  • EPA Range
    18″ wheels (225/50R18): 484 km
    19″ wheels (245/40R19 / 255/40R19): 454 km
  • WLTP range
    up to 590 km
  • 83.9 kWh battery (81.5 kWh net usable)
    398.5 V nominal, 210.6 Ah capacity
    prismatic battery cells
    four modules with 72 cells each and three 12-cell modules (324 cells total)
    NMC 811 chemistry
  • 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 5.5 seconds
    0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.7 seconds
  • top speed of 118 mph (190 km/h)
  • single motor rear-wheel drive
    5th generation electric synchronous motor with single-speed transmission
  • peak system output
    335 hp (250 kW) at 8,000–17,000 rpm
    317 lb-ft (430 Nm) of torque at 0–5,000 rpm
    Max. energy recuperation: 116 kW
  • AC charging (on-board): 11 kW
    0-100% charging in 8.25 h @ 11 kW
  • DC fast charging: up to 200 kW
    10-80% in 31 minutes
    up to 102 miles WLTP can be replenished in 10 minutes
  • Weight:
    Curb weight: 2,123 kg
    Payload: 423 kg
  • Load compartment capacity of 470 litres can be expanded up to a maximum 1,290 litres
  • Dimensions: Length 188.5 in; Width 72.9 in; Height 57.0 in; Wheelbase 112.4 in
  • Ground clearance: 4.9 in
  • Turning diameter: 20.5 feet
  • Drag Coefficient (Cx) of 0.24

BMW i4 M50 specs (U.S. version):

  • EPA Range
    19″ wheels (245/40R19 / 255/40R19): 434 km
    20″ wheels (255/35R20 / 285/30R20): 365 km
  • WLTP range
    up to 510 km
  • 83.9 kWh battery (81.5 kWh net usable)
    398.5 V nominal, 210.6 Ah capacity
    prismatic battery cells
    four modules with 72 cells each and three 12-cell modules (324 cells total)
    NMC 811 chemistry
  • 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 3.7 seconds
    0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds
  • top speed of 130/140 mph (209/225 km/h)
  • dual motor all-wheel drive
    5th generation electric synchronous motors with single-speed transmissions
  • peak system output of 536 hp (400 kW) and 586 lb-ft (795 Nm) of torque
    front motor: 255 hp (200 kW) at 8,000–17,000 rpm
    rear motor: 308 hp (250 kW) at 8,000–17,000 rpm
    Max. energy recuperation: 195 kW
  • AC charging (on-board): 11 kW
    0-100% charging in 8.25 h @ 11 kW
  • DC fast charging: up to 200 kW
    10-80% in 31 minutes
    up to 140 km WLTP can be replenished in 10 minutes
  • Weight:
    Curb weight: 2,276 kg
    Payload: 420 kg
  • Load compartment capacity of 470 litres can be expanded up to a maximum 1,290 litres
  • Dimensions: Length 188.5 in; Width 72.9 in; Height 57.0 in; Wheelbase 112.4 in
  • Ground clearance: 4.9 in
  • Turning diameter: 20.5 feet
  • Drag Coefficient (Cx) of 0.25

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