The BMWi3 Stretching To An i5?

The BMWi3 Stretching To An i5?

The BMWi3 as it currently stands is not a family car – one to load up the kids
and all the usual paraphernalia associated with everyday living – but BMW would
seem to be working on a solution that will make the environmentally friendly
little car not so little after all. A stretch limo is perhaps too much to ask,
but by lengthening the BMWi3 by some ten inches: four inches of extra legroom
and six inches of overhang in the cargo area, the electric vehicle then could
be properly classed as a family car, which BMW intend to designate as the i5 EV
model.
BMW i5 EV

 

 

 

 

 

The necessary shell modifications would not be too difficult, given that the
i3’s carbon-composite body is built onto an aluminium chassis, rather than the
more usual monocoque steel platform used in a conventional car. The rear doors
would need to be redesigned, however, and the extra loading may compromise the
current 130-160km range of the i3 as a lithium-ion battery powered electric
car. Speculation is rising as to what the eventual stretch vehicle may become
in its i5 garb; a hatchback, a minivan, a wagon. Whatever the new vehicle is
classified as, it should stimulate interest from families keen to be part of
the eco-friendly electric car revolution.