How will BMW expand its EV range?
BMW Group will introduce four all-electric vehicles over the next two years as the firm accelerates its transition to electrified vehicles. "We are completely committed to electric vehicles wherever the use of battery-electric drive trains makes sense, and it is achievable because the conditions are right," stated BMW CEO Oliver Zipse.
Official Statement by BMW CEO Oliver Zipse
"We are completely committed to electric vehicles wherever the use of battery-electric drive trains makes sense, and it is achievable because the conditions are right," stated BMW CEO Oliver Zipse. In 2023, electric versions of the BMW 5-Series large-premium sedan and Mini Countryman compact SUV will be available. "We will give our customers at least one BEV choice in virtually all of our vehicle classes by 2023. Over the following ten years, we plan to bring a total of roughly 10 million completely electric vehicles into the market," Zipse said during an earnings call with investors on Aug. 3.
BMW still investing in hydrogen
While BMW's primary focus will be on growing its battery-electric vehicle (BEV) range, the company has also announced intentions to sell a small batch of BMW I Hydrogen NEXT cars, but it is unclear where or how such vehicles would be accessible. The firm stated in a news release that "we might also envisage it as a production car," implying that the I Hydrogen NEXT may be part of a pilot programme rather than a typically manufactured vehicle available for buy or lease. BMW previously displayed an X5 SUV-based I Hydrogen NEXT concept featuring fuel-cell technology developed with Toyota, with whom it has collaborated on the technology since at least 2013.
Upcoming BMW full-electric cars
BMW Group will introduce four all-electric vehicles over the next two years as the firm accelerates its transition to electrified vehicles. The all-electric 7 Series and 5 Series will get manufactured in BMW's Dingolfing facility in Germany. Next year, battery-powered versions of the 7-Series upper-premium sedan and X1 small SUV will be available. In 2023, electric versions of the BMW 5-Series large-premium sedan and Mini Countryman compact SUV will be available.
The factory also produces the iX and BMW's flagship electric SUV, which will be available in showrooms soon. And the i4 electric car, which has been manufacturing in the automaker's Munich plant.
Automotive electrification and decarbonization: Shifting toward net-zero
Transportation is a vital source of CO2 emissions in economic firms, accounting for around 29 per cent in the European Union, more than one-third in the United States, and almost 10 per cent and rising in mainland China.
The BMW Group's battery-powered vehicles now include the i3 small hatchback manufactured in Leipzig, the iX3 SUV manufactured in China, and the Mini Electric hatchback manufactured in Mini's plant in Oxford, England.
The X1 and Mini Countryman will get manufacture in Germany, as will the internal combustion engine versions – the X1 in Regensburg and the Mini Countryman in Leipzig. The iX will be the first vehicle to use BMW's new Operating System 8, which the firm claims have honed for a 5G connection. The system features a new generation of displays, controls, and software that will push out extensively over all other models following the iX.
Official Statement regarding this
"Our new car architecture is uncompromisingly electric, whether powered by battery or hydrogen," stated Zipse. "The Neue Klasse incorporates a new IT and software architecture, as well as a freshly constructed high-performance electric motor train and battery production," Zipse stated.
BMW will unveil its first vehicle on the new Neue Klasse (New Class) platform in 2025 that has intended to be predominantly full-electric but can also accept diesel or gasoline engines, including plug-in hybrids.
The platform is more adaptable and expandable, allowing for more aerodynamic designs with varied proportions and more roomy interiors. Beginning in 2025, it will take advantage of new BMW and Mini vehicles. Rolls-Royce will continue to rely on its scalable space frame aluminium design.
BMW anticipates that sales of its full-electric vehicles will increase by more than 50% per year on average by 2025, more than ten times the number for 2020. The firm intends to have delivered about 2 million full-electric cars to consumers by the end of 2025. With a share of at least 25% of overall sales by 2025, BMW aims to increase to 10 million and at least 50% of worldwide deliveries by 2030.
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