BMW's future electrification strategy includes a new electric vehicle architecture, electrified vehicles across the entire range and a full-electric Mini 3-door hatchback.
BMW has announced that all its brands and model series can be electrified and they will be offered with full-electric or plug-in hybrid powertrains, in addition to the combustion engine option. By 2020, the company will also launch additional electrified vehicles and it's developing a brand new vehicle architecture, which will underpin its future electric vehicles. Not only that, BMW will also launch a full-electric Mini 3-door hatchback in 2019.
For the full-electric Mini hatchback, the drivetrain will be built at the group’s e-mobility centre at plants in Dingolfing and Landshut in Bavaria. The production of the electrified hatchback will continue at Mini’s plant in Oxford, UK, alongside regular models.
Before the electric Mini, BMW will launch the i8 Roadster in 2018, the firm has confirmed. By 2020, BMW will also launch a full-electric version of the recently revealed third-gen X3. In addition to that, BMW plans to put the iNext electric crossover into production in 2021.
BMW is betting big on electrification of vehicles since the firm forecasts electrified vehicles will bring around 15-25 per cent sales for the group by 2025. At the moment, BMW is targeting to sell 100,000 electrified vehicles by the end of this year. Given the fact that the group has nine different models across all brands, it doesn’t look all that difficult, you've to say.
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