The BMW Group is adjusting frequency to up the tempo of its electromobility expansion programme. The company will now achieve the total of 25 electrified models previously announced for 2025 two years earlier, in 2023.
Thanks to flexible vehicle architectures for fully-electric, plug-in hybrid and combustion engine drive trains, the company said it is able to respond quickly to changing conditions and more than half of the 25 models will be fully electric.
By 2021, the company will have doubled our sales of electrified vehicles compared with 2019. Within two years, the company will offer five fully-electric series-production vehicles: Alongside the BMW i3, with more than 150,000 units built to date, this year will see the start of production of the fully-electric MINI at Plant Oxford (UK). This will be followed in 2020 by the fully-electric BMW iX3 from Shenyang (China) and, in 2021, by the BMW iNEXT, which will be produced in Dingolfing (Germany), and the BMW i4 from Plant Munich (Germany).
As an e-mobility pioneer, the BMW Group is already a leading supplier of electrified vehicles. By the end of 2019, the company aims to have more than half a million vehicles with fully-electric or plug-in hybrid drive trains on the roads. Including its extensive fleet of plug-in hybrids, the BMW Group has the widest range of electrified vehicles on the market. Updated, extended electric-range plug-in-hybrid versions of the BMW 3 Series, BMW 7 Series and BMW X5 are some of the examples.
The Group recently showcased the next generation of mobility and next steps it’s taking in that direction. The BMW Vision M NEXT an electrified sportscar and Motorrad Vision DC Roadster were examples. The company also demonstrated the BMW eDrive Zones function, which will be standard in BMW plug-in hybrids from 2020 that will play an effective role in achieving emission-free mobility in cities.
The company also announced that a particular focus will be on experiencing the latest technological developments from all D+ACES areas of the company: Design, Autonomous Driving, Connectivity, Electrification, Services.
Source: Press Release