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BMW is planning on releasing an all-electric 3-Series at the Frankfurt auto show in September, according to sources who spoke to the German newspaper Handelsblatt.

BMW’s new EV is aiming directly for the Tesla Model 3, so while the rumored 248 miles of range feels a bit optimistic for now, it might not be too far from it when finally released. That number is most likely referring to European testing standards as well, which always produces a higher range number than U.S. testing does.

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Instead of aiming for more new electric and hybrid vehicles like the i3 and i8, it looks like BMW will be focusing on developing electric versions of its current lineup. An electric X3 is already confirmed for 2020 and an electric Mini for 2019. 

BMW has been consistently pouring money into its EV development, $5.87 billion last year according to Reuters, so electric versions of cars like the 5-Series and 7-Series could be following suit. The Model 3 and Chevy Bolt might beat others to market, but the field of long-range electric cars appears as though it will be crowded very soon.

We reached out to BMW for confirmation of and comment on the 3-Series EV, but haven’t heard back yet. We’ll let you know when we learn more.

Zac Palmer

Zac Palmer – Editorial Intern Zac Palmer has probably spent more time in a car than any other 20-year old in the country. He likes anything that can go around a corner, and is surely talking about a car wherever he might be.
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