BMW has joined the EV race in Japan as the country has started to adopt electric vehicles in a market still dominated by ICE cars.
BMW has started to roll out first of its electric cars in Japan. The German carmaker will start delivering the four-door i4 electric sports coupe, the first electric sports car from the German carmaker, in Japan as part of its EV push in one of the biggest car markets in Asia.
BMW’s EV push in Japan comes as the country has recently seen a rise in sales of electric vehicles. Japan still lags behind bigger EV markets like the United States, China and Europe. It registered a growth of more than 60 percent in EV sales in 2021 with 8,610 units sold against 3,238 units in 2020.
BMW i4 electric car has been priced at 7.5 million yen to 10.8 million yen (roughly converted to ₹48.72 lakh to ₹70.47 lakh). BMW said the i4 electric car will be available for customers in Japan from next month.
BMW had introduced the i4 electric car about a year ago for the global markets. Besides the standard four-door coupe version, BMW also offers a sporty BMW M Performance version of the electric car. It is available in three power versions, which include the eDrive35, eDrive40 and the range-topping M50 version.
BMW’s i4 has a range of around 590 kms on a single charge, and if offered with fast-charging capabilities. The engine inside the electric sedan can churn out maximum power of up to 530 hp. It can also accelerate from zero to 100 kmph in about 4 seconds.
The BMW i4 is one of the first BMW models to have the latest iDrive 8 technology. A 14.9-inch touchscreen display and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster dominates the cabin of the new i4. BMW i4 owners can use a smartphone instead of a key to unlock and start the car. It also has connectivity and voice-recognition features.
BMW i4 sale in Japan will come ahead of other key EVs like Toyota bZ4X, Nissan Ariya and Hyundai Ioniq 5. As EV sales grow in Japan, Tesla too has announced it will open a new showroom.