New all-electric BMW 3 Series spotted testing

BMW is developing an electric version of the 3 Series saloon, which features the same technology as the forthcoming all-electric i4

Our spy photographers have spotted an all-electric version of the BMW 3 Series undergoing development testing. The German brand’s new pure-electric saloon will follow the upcoming BMW i4 into the showrooms next year, offering fresh competition for the Tesla Model 3, as well as Citroen’s forthcoming flagship electric saloon.

Cosmetic revisions over the conventional 3 Series are minimal, with the all-electric test mule getting a smoother front bumper and a tweaked rear, which does away with the standard car’s exhaust cutout. The car also features deeper side skirts, behind which sit the EV’s underfloor battery pack.

Like the rest of BMW’s planned all-electric models, the new 3 Series EV is likely to receive a blanked-off radiator grille and a set of aerodynamically efficient alloy wheels, features that will help the car cut through the air more cleanly, boosting its range.

The 3 Series EV is likely to use the same underpinnings as the upcoming pure-electric 4 Series, which was recently previewed by the Concept i4. This features a 523bhp electric motor and an 80kWh battery pack, giving the i4 a projected 0–62mph time of four seconds, a top speed of 124mph and – most importantly – a maximum range of 373 miles. 

What do you make of the upcoming all-electric BMW 3 Series? Let us know in the comments section below…

Recommended

Government should place 15% EV quota on car manufacturers, campaigners say
Electric cars

Government should place 15% EV quota on car manufacturers, campaigners say

Global Action Plan and FIA Foundation claim 59 per cent of two-car families could run an electric car without any hindrance
17 Aug 2020
'If you like driving as we do, you’ll love driving an electric car'
Electric cars

'If you like driving as we do, you’ll love driving an electric car'

Editor-in-chief Steve Fowler thinks a fully-electric driving experience will surprise some car enthusiasts
9 Jul 2020
BMW 3 Series review
BMW 3 Series - front
BMW 3 Series

BMW 3 Series review

The BMW 3 Series offers the perfect blend of performance, driving dynamics, low running costs, technology and improved refinement
2 Jun 2020
New 2020 BMW M3: prices, specs and launch date
BMW M3 - front (exclusive image)
BMW 3 Series

New 2020 BMW M3: prices, specs and launch date

BMW’s sixth-generation M3 saloon will make its debut towards the end of the year, with a 510bhp straight-six engine and all-wheel drive
20 Apr 2020

Most Popular

Energy firms want the right to switch off electric cars charging at home
Electric cars

Energy firms want the right to switch off electric cars charging at home

New powers being sought to allow energy providers to turn off high-drain devices to manage electricity network
18 Sep 2020
How green are electric cars? Polestar data shows ICE trailing EV
News

How green are electric cars? Polestar data shows ICE trailing EV

Electric car maker reveals whole-life CO2 emissions of the Polestar 2 are better than a petrol XC40 - but EV is only 14% cleaner with global energy mi…
17 Sep 2020
New 2020 Skoda Octavia engine line-up expands again
Skoda Octavia

New 2020 Skoda Octavia engine line-up expands again

New 1.0-litre mild-hybrid petrol engine to the lower end of the Skoda Octavia’s line-up, which has a starting price of £23,005
17 Sep 2020