Wed. Oct 4th, 2023
    BMW to Produce China-Specific EVs on Neue Klasse Platform

    BMW has announced plans to develop China-specific electric vehicles (EVs) based on its Neue Klasse platform. CEO Oliver Zipse made the announcement at the World New Energy Vehicle Congress during the IAA show in Munich. BMW Design Shanghai is currently working on the designs and functions for these models. Production of the Neue Klasse vehicles is set to begin in China in 2026.

    The first Neue Klasse model was unveiled as a concept at the motor show in Munich, showcasing a new design language with a nod to BMW’s 1960s models. The interior features a head-up display that spans the windshield and a parallelogram-shaped screen on the dashboard. Zipse confirmed that the concept is close to standard production and will be on the roads soon.

    While full technical details are yet to be released, BMW has previously stated that the driving range of the Neue Klasse models could reach up to 621 miles. The batteries can support charging as high as 270 kilowatts, and the nickel and cobalt content in the cells can be adjusted according to the vehicle’s needs.

    Production of Neue Klasse vehicles will commence in Hungary in 2025, followed by Germany in 2026 and Mexico in 2027. The platform will see the release of a sedan and an electric SUV initially, with BMW aiming to expand its lineup to include six models by 2027. The company is also exploring the possibility of a hydrogen-fuel-cell powertrain for larger vehicles on the Neue Klasse platform.

    BMW’s decision to create China-specific EVs reflects the growing demand for electric mobility in the Chinese market. By tailoring their designs and features to the preferences and requirements of Chinese consumers, BMW aims to establish a strong presence in this rapidly expanding sector.

    Sources: Automotive News