BMW Shifts Focus to Sustainable Premium Mobility with New All-Electric 5 Series
BMW is ushering in a new era of sustainable premium mobility with the introduction of the 8th generation BMW 5 Series. For the first time ever, the iconic BMW 5 Series will be available with a fully electric powertrain, distinguished by the name BMW i5. The global market launch of the new BMW 5 Series will begin in October 2023.
BMW has engineered its latest generation premium business sedan with a flexible architecture. The vehicle also accommodates highly efficient internal combustion engines with 48-volt mild hybrid technology. Additionally, a plug-in hybrid system will be introduced in the United States in 2024. Given the 5 Series positioning in the premium sports sedan segment, BMW will has chosen to offer all-electric, internal combustion engine (ICE), and plug-in hybrid powertrain options to meet the diverse needs of its customers.
The new BMW 5 Series will continue to be manufactured at Plant Dingolfing, BMW’s largest European plant. Dingolfing is responsible for producing BMW’s luxury class vehicles, and also serves as the company’s e-drive production competence center, manufacturing both the electric motors and high-voltage batteries for the BMW i5 on-site. This integration of production facilities highlights BMW’s commitment to sustainable manufacturing and technological innovation.
The exterior design of the new BMW 5 Series embodies the brand’s current design language, combining sportiness, luxury, and a distinctive appearance. The dimensions of the new model have increased compared to its predecessor, in what the company says will give the car a broader road presence, and improved seating comfort, particularly in the rear.
For the new generation 5 Series, BMW has chosen not to feature the controversial large signature grille that can be found on its 7 series, iX and 4 Series. The 5 Series, in all of its variants, maintain the traditional, yet distinctive kidney grille signature. Given the 5 Series’ positioning, and importance to the company, as a premium business sedan, BMW has decided to play it safe with the 5’s front fascia.
Where BMW decided to break with a conservative approach is with the introduction of in-car gaming in the new BMW 5 Series. The company has partnered with the AirConsole gaming platform. This unique feature allows the driver and passengers to play casual games while the vehicle is stationary, making use of waiting times during the charging process. The gaming experience is seamlessly set up through a smartphone acting as a controller, connected to the BMW Curved Display via the AirConsole app. Multiple players can participate simultaneously, including rear seat passengers.
BMW introduces a sustainable electric powertrain
The electric motors developed by BMW offer high power density and efficiency. By utilizing a current-excited synchronous machine, BMW eliminates the need for rare earth metals, which are critical raw materials in conventional electric motors.
How fast is the BMW i5?
The BMW i5 will be available in two model variants, with the top-of-the-range BMW i5 M60 xDrive delivering a powerful 590 horsepower. The electric all-wheel drive system ensures captivating dynamic performance, enabling the BMW i5 M60 xDrive to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. The standard BMW i5 eDrive 40 will accelerate from 0-60 in 6.8 seconds.
What is the range of the BMW i5?
The high-voltage battery used in the BMW i5 is derived from the latest fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology. It combines compact dimensions with a high energy density, providing a usable energy content of 84.3 kWh. This, combined with the high efficiency of the electric motors enables the BMW i5 eDrive40 to travel up to 420 miles (675 km) on a single charge
How fast does the BMW i5 charge?
The BMW i5, using DC fast charging, can charge from 10 to 80% in 35 minutes.
Inside, the new BMW 5 Series features the BMW Curved Display, a fully digital instrument cluster and infotainment system that allows for personalized settings and provides access to a wide range of digital services and connectivity features. The new 5 series also utilizes AI in its BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, a voice-activated AI system that enables interaction between the driver and the vehicle.
With the introduction of the all-electric BMW i5, BMW is not only revolutionizing the BMW 5 Series but also paving the way for a more sustainable future in the automotive industry. The combination of advanced electric drivetrain technology, sustainable manufacturing processes, and innovative features positions the new BMW 5 Series as a leader in the realm of sustainable premium mobility. Experience the power, elegance, and eco-consciousness of the BMW i5 and discover a new era of driving pleasure.
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