BMW: “By 2025, 15-25% of our cars will have electric drivetrains”

BMW i, News | July 10th, 2018 by 14
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At an event in Munich, BMW executives spent time with the media representatives to talk about the electrified future of the brand and to emphasize …

At an event in Munich, BMW executives spent time with the media representatives to talk about the electrified future of the brand and to emphasize BMW’s commitment to EVs. In the recent years, BMW has often mentioned their ambitious plans to have 25 electrified cars by 2025, all of them built on the new Fifth Generation architecture which will have space for an underfloor battery pack. The packs will be flat but with scalable sizes based around a variety of different cells: high-performance ones for faster cars, taller ones for SUVs.

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Furthermore, BMW says that by 2025, the automaker expects that between 15 and 25 percent of BMWs sold will have an electric drivetrain, a significant number considering BMW currently sells nearly 2.5 million cars every year.

“We assume that, by the year 2025, something between 15 and 25 percent of the cars we make will have electric drivetrains,” Oliver Zipse, BMW’s board member for production, told Car and Driver. “But it could be 40 percent, or it could be only 10 percent.”

The current plan is that every mainstream BMW model will be able to support both EV and PHEV variants as well as conventional engines, and that there will also be sufficient capacity to make specific electric-only models such as the upcoming iNext.

The iNEXT project is due out in 2021 and it’s considered the most ambitious project BMW has ever put together.

[Source: Car and Driver]

14 responses to “BMW: “By 2025, 15-25% of our cars will have electric drivetrains””

  1. John says:

    Audi e-tron will be preferred choice for most in Germany. It promises to be better built and higher tech than a Beamer.

    • Anon says:

      Assumptions based on absolutely no evidence.

    • disqus_NdrthOMZ62 says:

      Yes, just as they are with diesel. Will their entire board go to prison, or just more executives?

    • Chris Llana says:

      I suspect the build quality will be about the same. On the other hand, the e-tron has three motors, enabling torque-vectoring, better handling and performance. The iX3 has just one motor, which excludes it as a “premium” EV.

      • disqus_NdrthOMZ62 says:

        Yes, totally unrelated manufacturers=”build quality will be about the same”. BMW 5th generation volume premium BEV>how many e-tron? You are not the arbiter of “premium” anything. You & John deserve each other. As BMW have acknowledged, tech. evolves so quickly they don’t know where it will be in 5 yrs. Nor you.

        • Chris Llana says:

          Up to 200 (camoflaged) pre-production/production-ready examples of the Audi e-tron, Mercedes EQC, and Porsche Taycan have been driving around on public roads for many months, with journalists getting seat-time. The production EQC will be revealed in September, the Audi soon after. The Jaguar i-Pace has been test-driven in production form by many journalists, with universal praise. All have at least two motors, which is an important advantage over fossil cars. These are the competitors to the BMW iX3, which we have seen only in concept form, although I’m sure it will also be a very nice car when it arrives.

          I assumed the discussion was about cars available within a year, and not announced “products” that will not exist for another five years, which as you so succinctly explained, are unknown to everyone.

          The most important comparison to make over the next five years is electric versus fossil. That’s where the competition will be; the larger the selection of EVs, the more choices fossil drivers will have, and the more likely they will make the switch. EVs from all manufacturers are all on the same team.

          • disqus_NdrthOMZ62 says:

            So a fraction of the test mileage & production volume of MINI & 1 Series test fleets and years of BMW hybrid & BEV sales. Last year BEV were a fraction of record ICE sales, good luck to the newcomers with their press fleets & press release production plans.

          • expat says:

            You know what you can do with all these “short circuit” cars? Stick it up yours….

      • Johan Mo says:

        iX3 Concept had one motor yes, but production model might get two.

        • Chris Llana says:

          Since we haven’t yet seen a working prototype, let’s hope they decide to put in two motors when they get around to finalizing the design (iX3 scheduled to start production in China at the end of 2019, so goes on sale in 2020 in China initially, but presumably elsewhere after that).

          The upcoming Tiguan-sized VW I.D. Crozz (on sale in 2020) has two motors (225 kW/302 hp, 83 kWh battery). BMW would do well to meet the competition.

  2. Hinu says:

    By 2025… What a lousy goal. By 2025 they could easily rid themselves of all fossil-only cars and throw in an electric motor and a small battery.

    If they said 2019, sure. But 2025? Terrible… Lazy…

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