2020 BMW i4
The aforementioned Polestar 1 won’t be the only Tesla Model 3 fighter ready by 2020. After unveiling the i Vision Dynamics Concept at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, the Germans announced the concept’s production successor at the 2018 Geneva show. It’ll don the i4 name which isn’t surprising considering the German automaker’s first mass-produced electric car – the i3 – has been available since 2013. The 2020 BMW i4 should retain the concept’s 4-door fastback styling and a few small details, but should be heavily revised in order to meet the industry’s standards. It should cost more than the Tesla Model 3, and likely the Polestar 2 as well. However, the Bavarians can’t afford to push its price tag too high, so expect the entry-level models to start from less than $40,000 after incentives. If all comes together as planned, consider this one of the more formidable choices on the 2020 electric cars market.
The i Vision Dynamics Concept was able to achieve a healthy 370 miles on a single charge, but the Germans were referring to the more-lax European NEDC cycle figures. In American-EPA terms, that would translate to around 300 miles on a single charge. The upcoming BMW i4, however, will reportedly be able to travel between 340 and 435 miles on a single charge. Those are still the NEDC figures, but the larger battery pack models are evidently going to give the Tesla Model 3 a run for its money. The remaining specs and details are yet to be revealed and more should be known after one of the early 2019 auto shows. The same goes for the remainder of the BMW i range which should be completely filled out in the next few years. The BMW i5 should be the first one to follow the i4, alongside the iX3 all-electric crossover, but those are stories for another time.