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BMW Accelerates E-Mobility Plans

BMW brings forward electrification plans; reveals Vision M NEXT concept…

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BMW Group will achieve its target of releasing 25 electrified models two years earlier than planned, having moved its aim forward to 2023.

It previously announced that it would develop 25 electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2025, with more than half of those being fully electric.

“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,” said Harald Krüger, chairman of the board of management of BMW AG.

“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.”

Furthermore, BMW has set itself a goal of only buying electricity for all of its locations worldwide from renewable sources beginning next year.

By the end of 2019, there will be over half a million electric or plug-in hybrid BMW Group vehicles on the road.

Within two years, it will offer five fully-electric cars: the i3, electric Mini, iX3, iNEXT and i4.

Plug-in hybrid versions of the 3 Series, 7 Series, X3 and X5 were presented at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, while a Chinese-only hybrid X1 Long Wheelbase Version was revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show.

BMW will release plug-in hybrid versions of the 5 Series and 2 Series Active Tourer later this summer, followed next year by the X1 and 3 Series Touring.

eDrive Zones to Switch Hybrids to Electric Power in Cities

The BMW eDrive Zones function will be standard in all of its plug-in hybrids beginning next year, allowing for emission-free driving in city centers.

The technology recognizes when the car is inside a city’s ‘green zone’, automatically switching it to run under 100 percent electric power.

This allows BMW’s plug-in hybrids to receive the same rights to green zones as fully-electric vehicles.

The concept has been real-world tested in BMW Group’s Electric City Drive project, in conjunction with the city of Rotterdam.

Vision M NEXT Concept Revealed

BMW has also revealed its Vision M NEXT concept, a hybrid sports car that showcases its ‘Ease’ and ‘Boost’ driving modes.

The Vision M NEXT (pictured below) is a plug-in hybrid using an architecture similar to the current i8, producing 441 kW (600 hp), with a top speed of 186 mph and 0-62 mph acceleration time of three seconds.

It demonstrates the ‘Ease’ and ‘Boost’ modes that BMW says are its ‘future experience concepts’.

‘Ease’ mode represents when the vehicle is driving autonomously, thus focusing on passenger comfort, while ‘Boost’ “stands for the ultimate active driving experience” when the car is piloted by a driver.

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Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

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