BMW has revealed plans to mass produce electric cars by 2020 and have 12 different fully electric vehicles on the market for 2025.
The German manufacturer, which launched the i3 in 2013 and the i8 electric sports car one year later, has been on an aggressive path towards electrification, with Harald Kruger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, declaring its future path Thursday during a preview event to next week’s Frankfurt Auto Show.
“We are currently gearing all BMW Group plants towards e-mobility,” Kruger said.
“In the future, we will be able to equip all our models with every drivetrain. Two flexible vehicle architectures and a flexible production network will allow us to respond quickly and efficiently.
“Let me make one thing very clear: In e-mobility, the BMW Group will also be the leading provider in the premium segment.
“By 2025, we will offer 25 electrified vehicles, 12 will be fully-electric.”
BMW will unveil the first electric MINI, for release in 2019, as well as the first BMW core model, the X3, for 2020, at the IAA next week.
“Going forward, all fully-electric BMWs will belong to BMW i,” Kruger added. “This also applies to the X3. We have also announced the BMW iNEXT – our next innovation spearhead – for 2021.
“At this year’s IAA, we will unveil another significant milestone in our roadmap for e-mobility. It is a vision of how we imagine a four-door, fully-electric vehicle between the i3 and i8.
“It is a vision we want to realize in the foreseeable future. And a further step in our commitment to sustainable mobility.”