first_img RELATED TAGSBMWHatchbackLuxuryElectric CarsElectric VehiclesLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles Trending in Canada The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Report: Mini might be pared down to just three or four electric modelsTo give you an idea of the styling on the i1, Auto Express suggests it’ll likely look like a 1 Series with the kidney grilles censored — by that, we mean BMW’ll put a honking black rectangle across the front of them. Presumably, it’ll fit some piece of safety tech or a bumper there or something. The rest of the vehicle should look like a conventional hatch, which should make it a hit with buyers. BMW plans to kick off an electric car revolution with a brand-new i1, with a more conventional appearance than the space-age i3, says a new report.According to Auto Express, 12 fully electric cars and 13 plug-in hybrids will be making their way to BMW showrooms within the next four years. The first of the breed will be the i1, followed by the iX3 SUV and the fully electric i4.Robert Irlinger, head of BMW’s i Division, says the electric platform that underpins its front-wheel-drive cars can be adapted to almost any vehicle the customer wants. “Whatever they demand, they can get — a plug-in hybrid X3, a fully-electric 4 Series, too. That’s a big step and a big change in our strategy.” Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” ‹ Previous Next › BMW’s Project BEV is an 711-hp electric performance prototype Trending Videoscenter_img PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. advertisement See More Videos Expect to see this electric 1 Series within two years, with the other models to follow shortly. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS This means that essentially any BMW could be made electric, and in configurations such as front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive with electric front assist (so, all-wheel drive) as well as obviously fully electric and hybrid.RELATEDlast_img read more