BMW Group has revealed a bit more on its electrification drive just a few days before the Frankfurt motor show. According to current plans at least 25 electrified vehicles will be offered by 2025, including a dozen pure EVs. “We will be increasing the share of electrified models across all brands and model series. And, yes, that also includes the Rolls-Royce brand and BMW M vehicles,” says BMW development head Klaus Fröhlich.
Engineers are working to make all future models compatible with electric drivetrains, allowing the company to smoothly transition from internal combustion as market demand shifts going forward.
The first electric MINI will be unveiled in Frankfurt, while the first core BMW-badged EV model based on the X3 SUV will be presented within three years.
Frankfurt will also see the unveiling of a new i-Series model. “It is a vision of how we imagine a four-door, fully-electric vehicle between the i3 and i8,” Fröhlich says. “It is a vision we want to realize in the foreseeable future.”
Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG said, “This fall, we will have ten electrified vehicles available: nine electrified cars and our fully-electric C evolution. This year, we will deliver 100,000 electrified vehicles to customers. By the end of 2017, there will be a total of more than 200,000 BMW Group electrified vehicles on the road.”
He further added, “We will be increasing the share of electrified models across all brands and model series. And, yes, that also includes the Rolls-Royce brand and BMW M vehicles.”