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BMW i3 Range Will Get Major Boost… In 4-5 Years

Detroit News columnist Neil Winston turns to industry analysts to test the reality of BMW’s optimistic forecast of dramatically improved electric car batteries before 2020.

German luxury car manufacturer BMW stunned this reporter a couple of weeks ago in Paris by saying electric cars will have batteries with twice the current power within four to five years, which will double the range.

BMW has its supporters, but that claim was met with some skepticism by experts who see a much slower pace of progress. Others say the drive to produce a battery-only vehicle which competes head on with traditional engines is doomed and will only succeed if electric cars are designed with less weight, shorter range and more modest utility ambitions. Charging technology needs to leap forward too.

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