Upcoming BMW EVs to Feature Bidirectional Charging Capability

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Upcoming BMW EVs to Feature Bidirectional Charging Capability

BMW’s Neue Klasse, a long-awaited dedicated electric vehicle platform, will debut next year with an SUV. Unveiled through the Vision Neue Klasse X concept today, this architecture introduces bidirectional charging, a feature already available in other automakers’ EVs. This addition will allow BMW’s new EV lineup to support energy flow in both directions.

The upcoming iX3 SUV in 2025 and i3 sedan in 2026 will function as mobile power sources, capable of powering homes, appliances, e-bikes, camping equipment, and more, thanks to their bidirectional charging feature. This feature, often an extra cost in luxury vehicles, will be a standard inclusion in models based on the Neue Klasse platform. BMW will support Vehicle to Home (V2H), Vehicle to Grid (V2G), and Vehicle to Load (V2L) functionalities at no additional expense.

Shifting from prismatic to round battery cells, BMW’s next-generation batteries are expected to deliver a 30% increase in charging speed and range, and a 20% rise in energy density. This enhancement means these batteries will be more efficient in powering various devices.

BMW’s rollout of bidirectional charging will occur in three phases, beginning with V2H, followed by V2G—subject to legal permissions—and finally, V2L, enabling the powering of external devices. Notably, BMW has not discussed Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) charging among Neue Klasse EVs.

Following the iX3 and i3, BMW plans to introduce at least four more models on this platform by 2028, anticipating that EVs will account for over half of its global sales by the decade’s end. Moreover, BMW envisions a fully electric future for Mini and Rolls-Royce in the early 2030s.

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