If you hate electric cars but love BMW M cars, I hate to tell you this, but the two are going to mix. Auto Express got it straight from the horse’s mouth while talking to Frank Van Meel, the head of BMW’s M division.
Before you run to the nearest dealer and snatch up an M2, just know fully-electric BMW M models aren’t coming for a while. You probably should get that M2 anyway, but not because in two years only electric versions will be available.
Meel said the big thing holding BMW back from cranking out electric M vehicles is the power to weight hurdle. As battery and electric motor tech improves, that will change. Then we’ll have all-electric M3s racing around silently.
In the meantime, BMW is working on making its M models hybrids. It’s happening at a faster rate in the general model lineup. So your next M2 might be a plug-in.
Also revealed in the interview is the fact that you won’t ever see a BMW i8 M, or whatever it would be called. Meel said the Project i vehicles are all about the future of efficiency, and that just doesn’t line up fundamentally with the M philosophy of all-out performance.