Best BMW Electric Cars in India
Best BMW Electric Cars in India

Best BMW Electric Cars in India in 2024

26 Apr 2024
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Headquartered in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, Bayerische Motoren Werke AG or BMW is one of the three most sought-after premium brands in the world. The multinational corporation was founded in 1916 as a manufacturer of aircraft engines. This is where the myth of the BMW roundel (the logo) being an aeroplane propeller came from! From aircraft engines to motorcycles and automobiles, the BMW brand has successfully forged its name in each of these segments. 

In India, BMW offers three impressive full-electric models that embody the brand's commitment to performance, luxury, and top-notch engineering. BMW cars provide an unparalleled emission-free driving experience. So, let's delve into the best BMW electric car options in India for 2024.

ModelFuel TypeBody TypeRangeEx-Showroom Price
BMW i4ElectricSedan493 km-590 km₹73.90 lakh- 477.50 lakh
BMW iXElectricSUV372 km-425 km₹1.16 crore
BMW i7ElectricSedan591 km-625 km₹1.95 crore

1. BMW i4

BMW i4

Launched exactly a year ago, the BMW i4 electric sedan sits below the iX electric SUV and costs roughly ₹13 lakh more than the BMW 3 Series Gran Limousine. The i4 comes to us via the Completely Built Up (CBU) route. Like the iX, the i4 is underpinned by the Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform and has a 83.9 kWh battery pack that is placed on the floor. 

A motor mounted on the rear axle can propel the i4 from a standstill to 100 km/h in a sports car rivalling 5.7 seconds. The peak power and torque are highly rated at 340 hp and 430 Nm, respectively. In under 10 minutes, the i4’s battery can be charged enough to help you drive for a solid 164 kilometres. 

Users can even charge the i4 through a wall box charger that can completely charge the battery in about 8.5 hours. The rather performance-focused electric sedan even comes with regenerative braking technology that can recharge the battery at rates of up to 116 kW. As per the carmaker, the i4 has a range of 590 km in the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) cycle, which is the highest among all the similarly priced EVs in India. 

Ex-showroom Price (Delhi): ₹73.90 lakh-₹77.50 lakh

Key Specifications of BMW i4

EnginePermanent Magnet Synchronous Motor
Transmissione-CVT
Range693-790 km (WLTP)
Maximum Power335 
Peak Torque430 Nm
Fuel TypeElectric
Battery/Tank Capacity43.9 kWh lithium-ion
Seating Capacity5
Body TypeSedan
Boot Space470 litres

Key Features

Curved twin-screen setup
12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
14.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
Rear air suspension 
Three-zone automatic climate control
LED ambient lighting
Electric sunroof
Reverse parking assist
360-degree camera
17-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system

What’s Good:

  • Long driving range
  • Powerful acceleration
  • Stylish and exquisite design
  • Available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations

What’s Not Good:

  • Starting price is higher than some other electric cars
  • Rear-seat legroom is a bit cramped

2. BMW iX

BMW iX

Launched in December 2021, the BMW iX is the only electric SUV in the German carmaker’s Indian portfolio. The iX is, in fact, the first-ever electric car to be launched by BMW India. It comes to us via CBU route, which makes it a pretty expensive proposition. 

The iX is propelled by a twin electric motor setup that outputs a total power of 326 bhp paired with a staggering 630 Nm of torque. The motor is fed by a 76.6 kWh battery that offers a range of 425 km in the WLTP cycle. As per the carmaker, the iX can sprint from 0-100 /h in 6.1 seconds and hit a maximum velocity (V-max) of 200 km/h. 

With one electric motor powering each axle, the iX enjoys an All-Wheel Drive (AWD) setup. Underpinning the electric SUV is an evolved version of the company’s much publicised CLAR platform that gets carbon fibre and aluminium construction. 

The battery pack of the India-spec BMW iX can be charged through any of the two options – A 2.3 kW, single-phase charger for domestic sockets and an 11 kW AC wallbox charger. The former can completely charge the battery in about 36 hours, while the latter can do the same in just 7 hours. There’s even a DC fast charger that can charge the battery from 10 to 80 percent in just 73 minutes. 

Ex-showroom Price (Delhi): ₹1.16 crore

Key Specifications of BMW iX

EngineTwin Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors
Transmissione-CVT
Range425 km (WLTC)
Maximum Power421 bhp
Peak Torque630 Nm
Fuel TypeElectric
Battery/Tank Capacity76.6 kWh lithium-ion
Seating Capacity5
Body TypeSUV
Boot Space500 litres

Key Features

Electrochromic panoramic glass roof
Multi-functional seats with memory and massage function 
Leather upholstery
Ambient lighting
BMW Virtual Assistant
Head-up display
Wireless charging
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
4-zone climate control
18-speaker Harman Kardon sound system
Soft close doors
Surround-view camera
Reversing assistant 
6 airbags
ABS with brake assist
Cruise control
Dynamic stability control (DSC)
Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPM

What’s Good:

  • Luxurious interior with a spacious cabin
  • Long driving range
  • Available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations 

What’s Not Good:

  • Starting price is very high
  • The unconventional styling might not be to everyone's liking 

3. BMW i7

BMW i7

The newest electric car in BMW India’s lineup is the i7. Based on the 7-series luxury chariot, the i7 costs a whopping ₹1.95 crore (ex-showroom). The electric sedan is available only in the xDrive 60 variant and comes to us via CBU route. The electric car features a twin motor setup, with one motor mounted on each axle. The combined output is rated at 544 bhp and 745 Nm of maximum power and torque, respectively. 

The motors are fed by a massive 101.7 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that offers a driving range of 591 km-625 km on the WLTP cycle. If the carmaker is to be believed, the i7 can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds. Additionally, the top speed has been clocked at an impressive 239 km/h. 

The BMW i7 can be charged through an AC as well as a DC system. The latter can charge the battery pack from 10 to 80 percent in just 34 minutes through a fast charger. Some of the competitors of this tech-laden limousine include the Mercedes-Benz EQS 580, Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT. 

Ex-showroom Price (Delhi): ₹1.95 crore

Key Specifications of BMW i7

EngineTwin Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors
Transmissione-CVT
Range491-625 km (WLTP)
Maximum Power544 bhp
Peak Torque745 Nm
Fuel TypeElectric
Battery/Tank Capacity101.7 kWh lithium-ion
Seating Capacity5
Body TypeSedan
Boot Space500 litres

Key Features

Curved twin display setup for instrument cluster and infotainment unit
14.9 inch digital instrument console
12.3 inch infotainment unit
31.3 inch roof-mounted 8K ‘cinema’ screen 
Amazon Fire TV compatibility
5.5-inch touchscreen for controls of infotainment system & climate control
Electrochromic panoramic glass roof
Multi-functional seats with memory and massage function 
Leather upholstery
Ambient lighting
BMW Virtual Assistant
Head-up display
Wireless charging
Electric soft close doors
Surround-view camera
Reversing assistant 
7 airbags
ABS with brake assist
Cruise control
Dynamic stability control (DSC)
Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPM

What’s Good:

  • One of the most luxurious electric cars in the market
  • Incredibly spacious interior
  • Long driving range
  • Powerful acceleration

What’s Not Good:

  • Starting price is even higher than the iX
  • The grille design is slightly unconventional and controversial according to some critics

Conclusion 

So, there you have it folks! The best BMW electric cars in India in 2024, which include as many as three models positioned in various sections of the luxury car market. This exhaustive list includes a mid-size luxury sedan, a mid-size SUV and a full-size sedan. All three of these are related to their ICE counterparts but are underpinned by dedicated electric car platforms. 

All the three models even offer segment-leading luxury features and driving range, making them some of the best electric cars available on the plant. All these models are future proof and won’t feel dated before half a decade or so. BMW is certainly among the most trusted luxury car brands in India and this great brand image is sure to work in favour of these electric cars. BMW has made its move towards a greener, better planet. Have you?

FAQs

Q. Which is the most selling model among all the best BMW electric cars in 2024?

Currently, out of the three BMW electric cars available in the market, the iX is the highest-selling model. 

Q. Which is the cheapest model among the BMW electric cars on sale in India? 

Currently, the i4 is the cheapest BMW electric car available in the market at an ex-showroom price starting at ₹73.90 lakh.

Q. Which is the fastest BMW electric car in India?

The fastest BMW electric car in India is the BMW i7 with a top speed of 239 km/h and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds. This stellar performance can be attributed to a dual-motor system that produces 544 hp and 745 Nm of torque.

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