The BMW Group announced big plans for electrification at a recent event for journalists in Munich. “By 2025, we will offer 25 electrified vehicles – 12 will be fully electric,” said CEO Harald Krueger, adding that the company’s EVs will have ranges of up to 435 miles.
The company plans to unveil a new four-door EV, to be positioned between the i3 city car and the i8 plug-in sports car, at the upcoming Frankfurt auto show. The new model, a low-slung sedan, was kept strictly under wraps as BMW showed journalists around its Munich design headquarters – the company wouldn’t even reveal its name, but did say that it will go on sale by 2021.
BMW will also unveil an electric Mini at the Frankfurt show, to go on sale in 2019. The first electric version of a BMW core brand model, the X3 SUV, will follow in 2020, Krueger said. All future BMW EVs will belong to the i sub-brand.
BMW is upgrading its factories to enable all of its models to be equipped with electric powertrains by 2020, “should demand for zero-emission vehicles take off.”
“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,” Krueger said.