- • Electric version to be offered alongside petrol, diesel and hybrid models
- • 300+ mile range expected
- • One of 25 electrified BMW Group cars by 2023
The next BMW 7 Series will come with the option of a fully electric powertrain, the company has confirmed. Buyers will be able to choose between a wide range of power options, including petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid. Manufacturers are increasingly turning to electric power for their luxury cars; the electric 7 Series will rival the upcoming Jaguar XJ and Mercedes EQS saloons, as well as the Porsche Taycan.
Performance and battery details have yet to be released but it’s likely that the 7 Series EV will use a similar powertrain to the BMW iX3. The iX3 has two electric motors that provide all-wheel drive and are linked to a 70kWh battery pack for an output of 532bhp. Given that all the power in electric cars is available instantly, we expect the iX3 and the 7 Series to be blisteringly fast in a straight line.
The iX3 has a maximum range of around 250 miles, which is on par with other luxury electric SUVs like the Audi e-tron, Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes EQC. The Mercedes EQS, meanwhile, is said to be able to manage up to 434 miles on a single charge, so it’s likely that BMW will coax at least 300 miles from a full battery in order to be competitive.
BMW’s fifth-generation eDrive electric technology will feature in the 7 Series, and sees the electric motor, transmission and other parts all fitted in one location (presumably under the bonnet). This reduces the amount of space taken up by the powertrain, and also makes it easier for the 7 Series to be offered with a variety of power sources.
The BMW Group empire, which also includes MINI and Rolls-Royce, is planning to have 25 electrified models in its portfolio by 2023. Around half of these are expected to be fully electric models, with most cars designed to accommodate a range of powertrains.