BMW will begin the third phase of electrification in 2025 with a completely new sedan from the so-called business class, which will be the introduction to a completely new series of models based on the new architecture for electric vehicles.
This platform will have a sixth generation electric drive, a battery for great autonomy, the ability to quickly charge, lightweight construction, a fully adjustable digital operating system and a new combination of environmentally friendly materials in construction.
The new model, whose working designation is NK1, will be the first to use the Neue Klasse platform for electric vehicles, including SUV models. The NK1 will initially be positioned as an electric alternative to the next generation Series 3.
The modular Neue Klasse platform, currently being developed at the FIZ Research and Innovation Center in Munich, will be the basis of all future BMW electric models from 2025 and will enable front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive in combination with modular batteries of different capacities, wheelbases and track widths as well as different ground clearances.
R&D chief Frank Weber said the Neue Klasse is a new phase of BMW’s operations and has been designed to be the basis of a car the size of a 2 Series sedan to an X7 SUV.
The aluminum and reinforced steel platform will also support plug-in hybrid drives with a SUS engine in the front and an electrified rear axle. Weber said the platform could soon support a hydrogen fuel cell plant if work on the regulatory framework in various markets, including China, is completed.
The Neue Klasse platform will later completely replace today’s FAAR (front-wheel drive) and CLAR (rear-wheel drive) structures and become a comprehensive basis for all BMW models, simplifying the production process.
Source: Nacionalna Klasa by www.nacionalnaklasa.com.
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