Asked about talks of the next generation i3 being constructed from steel, Gartner says the current model is labour and energy intensive, as the chassis is made of carbon fibre. To reduce the costs for consumers, the next-generation i3 will more than likely be a more palatable proposition as far as capital outlay is concerned.
"The i3 was a test bed for us to build the most advanced, efficient and safe electric vehicle and we take all that we have learnt from the project to make future i cars more accessible."
Quizzed about whether a more family-oriented BMW i model, such as the rumoured i5, will make it into production, she says we will see more practical vehicles coming from BMW’s sub-brand beyond 2020 and we should just watch this space.
Gartner is also watching many of her rivals closely, so we asked her what she thinks of Elon Musk’s Tesla products and the company’s business model and whether BMW would consider working closely with Tesla on future projects.
BMW’s main focus will always be sustainability, she says, arguably a diplomatic corporate answer, although one can easily read between the lines.
As the electric car market expands, it will be interesting to see what products the Bavarian marque has in store.