That most of the world’s progressive automakers are taking electric cars seriously is evident when an announcement is made. Joining the trend is Munich, Germany-based BMW who say are committed to introduce 12 all-electric cars and 13 hybrids on the market by 2025. This means BMW joins Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Ford and other carmakers that have announced big plans to sell a wide variety of electric and hybrid cars over the next several years. Reports from Germany suggest BMW has recently trademarked the names iX1 through iX9. While it is not necessary that every trademark filing turns into a car, it suggests BMW’s line-up of electrified crossovers and SUVs will be quite intensive.
The first all-electric SUV will be an X3 that will be sold alongside the regular ICE models. The trademark filings suggest electric and hybrid cars will be off-shoots of existing models, not standalone cars like the i3 and the i8. The first crossover SUV to hit the roads will wear the name iX3 when it goes on sale in 2019.
Interestingly, rivals Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Jaguar are following a slightly different product strategy. They are clearly separating electric cars from ICE-powered models. For example, Jaguar’s I-Pace will not be offered with an internal combustion engine while the F-Pace won’t go electric-only.