Originally aiming to offer 25 electrified models by 2025 – through the Future Highway 2025 project – BMW Group have recently announced that they’re upping the pace of production and aiming to offer the same amount of models by 2023, two years earlier than planned.
The ability to bring the deadline forward so dramatically comes courtesy of their flexible architectures for fully-electric, plug-in hybrid and combustion engine drivetrains; these allowing the company to respond quickly to changing demand and conditions. The BMW Group estimate that sales of electric cars are set to double between 2019 and 2021.
Speaking of BMW Group’s electrification acceleration, Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG said:
“We are moving up a gear in the transformation towards sustainable mobility, thereby making our company fit for the future: Over the past two years, we have consistently taken numerous decisions that we are now bringing to the roads. By 2021, we will have doubled our sales of electrified vehicles compared with 2019,”
“We will offer 25 electrified vehicles already in 2023 – two years earlier than originally planned. We expect to see a steep growth curve towards 2025: Sales of our electrified vehicles should increase by an average of 30 percent every year.”
Announced alongside the unveiling of the striking BMW Vision M Next – the concept version of an upcoming i8 replacement – BMW have told us to expect five fully-electric production cars within the next two years.
Sitting alongside the established i3, we know so far that these come in the form of the fully-electric MINI, a fully-electric BMW iX3, the BMW iNEXT and the BMW i4.
Supporting consumers that aren’t quite ready for the fully-electric cars of the BMW i Range and MINI’s electric car, the BMW Group will also increase the number of plug-in hybrid vehicles available, offering hybrid versions of the 3 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series, X3, X5 and various MINI models, among others that are yet to be announced. BMW Group say that their fully-electric and hybrid offerings combine to represent the widest range of electrified vehicles currently on the market.
The BMW Group have also announced that they’ll be introducing a new BMW eDrive Zones function. Set to be standard in all BMW plug-in hybrids from 2020, the mode will automatically recognise green zones in cities through geofencing technology; instantly switching the car to pure electric mode once a zone is entered. BMW Group hope that modes like this will help to take full advantage of the environmental gains of hybrid vehicles.
We’re excited to witness all of the new models that appear from across the BMW Group as their electrification plans continue to evolve. What do you think of the BMW Group’s plans? We’d like to read your opinion on Facebook, Instagram or Linkedin.