BMW’s electric vehicle strategy takes next step
BMW has announced that all of its brands and model series can be electrified with a full-electric or plug-in hybrid drivetrain now being offered in addition to the combustion engine option. Additional electrified models will be brought to market in the coming years and the German car maker’s next-generation vehicle architecture will be structured to offer new models with an option as a full-electric vehicle.
BMW said the new battery-electric Mini will be a variant of the brand’s core 3-door Hatch model. The fully electric car will go into production in 2019, increasing the choice of Mini powertrains to include gas and diesel internal combustion engines, a plug-in hybrid and a battery electric vehicle.
By 2025, BMW expects electrified vehicles to account for between 15-25% of sales. However, factors such as regulation, incentives and charging infrastructure will play a major role in determining the scale of electrification from market to market. In order to react quickly to customer demand, BMW says it has developed a flexible system across its global production network that will allow its facilities to build models with a combustion engine, plug-in hybrid or fully electric drive train at the same time.
BMW currently produces electrified models at 10 plants worldwide. Since 2013, all significant elements of the electric drivetrain for these vehicles have come from the company’s plants in Dingolfing and Landshut in Bavaria. The auto maker has invested more than €100 million ($116.5 million) in electro-mobility at the Dingolfing site with continuing investment as its range of electrified vehicles expands.