2024 BMW i5: The first all-electric 5 Series
Let's dive into the details of BMW's first all-electric 5 Series, including specs, pricing, and an introductory video. BMW is offering two versions of the electric i5: the RWD i5 eDrive40 and the dual-motor M variant.
The i5 M60 xDrive and the eDrive40 with the optional M Sport package feature a "Boost" shift paddle on the steering wheel. Tapping it activates the electric BMW's full drive power, triggering maximum acceleration. The i5 also has an electric sound design that automatically shifts to "sport" mode, enhancing the driving experience.
The i5 eDrive40 has a single rear motor with 335 hp of power and a maximum torque of 295 lb-ft (317 lb-ft with Sport Boost). It accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds and has a maximum speed electronically limited to 120 mph. The i5 M60 xDrive, on the other hand, boasts two integrated drive units—one at the rear axle and one at the front. The rear motor generates 335 hp, while the front motor produces 257 hp. Combined, they deliver a total system torque of 549 lb-ft (605 lb-ft with M Sport Boost or Launch Control). The i5 M60 accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, with a maximum speed electronically limited to 143 mph (130 mph with all-season tires).
The battery packs in the i5 are part of BMW's fifth-generation iDrive unit and consist of multiple modules. The estimated ranges and charge rates are as follows:
- i5 eDrive40: Up to 295 miles of range on a single charge (BMW estimate, not EPA).
- i5 M60 xDrive: Approximately 256 miles of range (BMW estimate).
- Level 2 AC charging up to 11 kW is possible with the Combined Charging Unit.
- DC fast charging at a rate of 205 kW allows a 10% to 80% charge in around 30 minutes.
To conserve range in critical situations, BMW offers a Max Range mode that restricts drive power and top speed while reducing comfort functions. Drivers can activate this mode through the control display, iDrive Controller, voice commands, or deactivate it through full-throttle acceleration, engaging the M Sport Boost function, or setting the window defrost to maximum.
The all-electric i5 models will be produced at Plant Dingolfing, BMW's largest European plant, with global market launch starting in October 2023. The initial pricing for the i5 models is as follows:
- i5 eDrive40: $66,800 (+ $995 destination and handling)
- i5 M60 xDrive: $84,100 (+ $995 destination and handling)