BMW i5 plug-in Hybrid Electric Car in the UK

The soon to be BMW i5, what it is and the expectations of this new PHEV

What’s this BMW i5?

The release of the BMW i5 hasn’t happened yet but, speculations are rife that it would be a real competitor to the Tesla model S. The main advantage of the i5 over the Tesla, granted it uses CFRP (Carbonfibre-reinforced plastic) body mechanism, would be its weight. It will be significantly light and this will provide room for bigger batteries than the brother model i3. An i5 would feel extremely adept and light on its feet and this will increase its performance capacity as well as the comfort of the drive. The i5 is likely to introduce a totally different style of driving to the BMW clientele.

More often than not, the BMW customers aren’t willing to switch from the more common BMW’s they are used to( 3 and 5 series), but if prized and made to the size of those models, the i5 could be an alternative buy. BMW’s plan for EV’s is to concentrate on lightweight materials together with batteries to help extend the period of drive before recharge. It will be interesting to see how the BMW enthusiasts are going to receive this new car.

What can we expect?


The BMW i5 will be the first sedan within the group of electrically driven vehicles and the third in the I series. The i5 is promising to give excellent interior space thanks to the battery being placed somewhere between the rear wheels. The i5 will show a relatively longer body as compared to the i3 and will most definitely offer rivalry to most other sedans in the market currently. It will resemble a normal three-box car since customers in the key regions such as China and the United States have a preference of sedans to any other make. The i5 will still provide ample space for family-size luggage compartment. It will show sleek proportions of six-series Gran Coupe, but will still explore the use of long-wheelbase series five that has shown great success in China. Through the construction of the light i3 and i8, BMW will purpose to create a bigger, energetic, more comfortable drive with a further range, and this can only be used to describe the machine we are expecting the i5 to be.

The i5 is expected to show increased dimensions with the said side profile. It also explores a large greenhouse that allows the passage of more light inside the car and the more likely better driving experience. This is surely a feature that most people will be looking out for.



The most promising of the news however is that the i5 will reportedly be available in two versions: a plug-in hybrid like the i8, and a full electric version, like the i3. Both versions will include torque-vectoring full wheel drive and a total weight of below 3450 pounds thanks to the wide use of carbon fibre. Autobild states that the hybrid powertrain will make use of a gasoline engine and two electric motors, which when working together with the battery will be good to go for 65-mile electric only journey. Coupled with an aggregate power output of about 400 hp and more than enough torque, it’s okay to expect a 0 to 62 mph time of below 4.5 seconds. The rate of fuel consumption will be dependent on the chosen path and the drive style, but it should be pressed at lower than 45 mpg.


Battery capacity could be around 75 kilowatt-hours to support the drive goal, and this energy will be directed to a 225-horsepower rear and 135-horsepower front motor. The all-electric model may have its battery at the centre but the weight prospects range between 800-145 pounds. It is also likely that the i5 will be fitted with a power BMW edrive PHEV system that will be instrumental in making fuel savings. Word has it that the four-cylinder system might be in the offing for this machine. The desired aim of its powertrain is to capitalise the time spent by the car in electric mode only, which increases the fuel efficiency.


The i5 will be the solution towards Carbon (IV) oxide emission since it makes the most out of electric capability of hybrid vehicles, equipping the users with what they have been hoping for: an all-electric drive. It is common for a gasoline-powered vehicle to emit during peak driving hours but with an EV there is negligible emission. EVs are sophisticated and varied, with different pricing and style options, but with the dependency and the energy of traditional, gasoline powered drives. Another advantage associated with the EV like what we expect the i5 to be is the low maintenance costs as opposed to an internal combustion engine. The drive is more sustainable with much more recyclable materials within its interior.

What to expect from the i5?

The front fascia is likely to be similar with the i series brothers, with the kidney grille, but that is as far as the familiarity may be in that particular region. The side profile will make use of sharp lines and so does the rear. The exhaust system is lacking a clear indication that the drive is fully electric. The wheels are one of the factors that will contribute to its unique looks attributed to their plain design. The side profile will give a sloping outline of the roof and the size of the model seems to be compact, tipping that it will slot distinctly between the i3 and the sportier i8, which will pave way for a possible I’ car. The BMW i5 is believed to only switch its power requirements upwards at 36 miles per hour, but below that acceleration it switches to an electric mode.


The above characteristics could only point to the fact that we are expecting a great drive from the i5. Indeed, a car that has been developed to operate on all-electric model below 35 mph is without a doubt a milestone towards greater fuel efficiency. The expectations are a vehicle that does not overlook the dynamics and the sporty appearance; this will purely be a combination of driving comfort and a unique responsibility. The new i5’s arrival is expected to be anywhere in 2018.

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