BMW delivered its 500,000th electrified vehicle in December 2019 and predicted a quarter of its vehicles sold in Europe in 2021 will be electric.
BMW announced that it delivered half a millionth electrified vehicles worldwide by December 2019 – double the number of electric cars built by Volkswagen to date. BMW introduced the electric i3 car in 2013 and in 2019 had 12 electrified cars in production with more to follow in 2020 including the electric Mini. BMW also announced new electric models that will be produced in China and Germany.
BMW & Mini: Electric Car Sales Forecast
With 12 electrified vehicles currently on offer, the BMW Group is one of the world’s leading providers of electric mobility. BMW has been the market leader for electrified vehicles in Germany since 2016 and also occupies a leading position in Europe and worldwide.
BMW also forecasted that a quarter of all vehicles sold by the group in Europe should be electrified by 2021. By 2025, a third of all BMW and Mini cars sold in Europe should be electric and half by 2030.
New BMW & Mini Electric Cars
BMW sold around 165,000 of the electric i3 since 2013. Despite frequent predictions that production will be stopped soon, BMW recently announced that the model will be developed further with production extended until at least 2024.
Late 2019, the BMW Group’s electrified model line-up has also been joined by a further pure electric vehicle, the MINI Electric. The more than 90,000 registered prospects indicate a high level of customer interest in the first pure electric MINI.
In 2020, the BMW X3 will become the first BMW Group vehicle available with four different drive train variants: efficient diesel, petrol, plug-in hybrid, and pure electric. The biggest market for the pure electric BMW iX3 is China, where it will also be produced for the global market. The BMW iX3 will be the first to benefit from the fifth generation of BMW electric drive trains, which provide a new balance between range and battery size. The key lies in making the drive train substantially more efficient.
BMW’s electric technology flagship, the BMW iNEXT – which will also be available from 2021 – will combine electromobility with highly automated driving. The fully electric BMW iNEXT will be produced on the same assembly line in Dingolfing as vehicles with combustion engines and plug-in hybrids.
This will be followed in 2021 by the BMW i4, a pure electric Gran Coupé in the premium mid-size segment with strong emotional appeal. The BMW i4 will be produced at the main plant in Munich.