The recent launch of BMW i8 has challenged the domination of Tesla Model S, which is currently the most favorite electric car for executives. As i8 is all set to go one-on-one against the Model S, Tesla is now underway to expand its lineup with new vehicles and bring variations to its existing Model S.
Tesla Model S and its Stretched Version
A couple of years back, Tesla came up with its first production vehicle with electric only powertrain. The stunning design and electrifying dynamics of this five-door liftback achieved rapid growth, soon after its release. Being positioned in the fill-size executive car segment, the car received great awe in various regions of the world, specifically Europe.
Now, the American automaker is aiming China as next destination for its luxury liftback. But for that, they might have to bring slight modifications to their existing product. Considering the fact that Chinese executives are much conscious about the rear seating area, German luxury car manufacturers have already introduced stretched versions of their vehicles for this geographical segment. These vehicles include Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Following this approach, Tesla Motors is most probably gearing up for a stretched Model S to be introduced in the Asian markets. This may slightly change the overall length and battery size of the current Model S.
Furthermore, Tesla Motors has also announced a full-size crossover utility vehicle (CUV) powered by an electric battery. Recognized by the gullwing doors, this CUV is scheduled to go under production next year. It has also been reported that Tesla is currently examining the prospects of a low-cost sedan.
BMW i3 and i8
BMW has now been entitled as the first German luxury brand to introduce a hybrid power structure. It started with i3, a five-door hatchback in 2013 and just got hype with the recently launched i8. The 2015 BMW i8 is a plug-in hybrid sports car with 1.5 liter turbocharged inline-3 engine combined with a 98 kW battery.
The kind of response BMW i8 has received in the first few days of launch, it can be foreseen that it will overtake Tesla Model S in the coming year. A hybrid powertrain is not the only special thing about this BMW, but other innovative features like laser headlamp system and carbon fiber sourced body are also commendable.
Apart from the rivalry, Tesla and BMW along with Nissan Motors are currently in talks to collaborate on electric car charging standards.