True vehicle electrification is one of the aims of the BMW Group’s corporate strategy named NUMBER ONE > NEXT. The company previously announced that all brands and model series can be electrified, with either a full-electric or plug-in hybrid drivetrain being offered, something Volvo didn’t quite manage to say recently. Additional electrified models will hit showrooms in the coming years and beyond 2020 the company’s next generation flexible vehicle architecture will be enable new models to be offered as a full-electric vehicle.
Additionally the BMW Group have confirmed the all electric MINI, a variant of it’s core 3-door Hatch model will be assembled in Cowley near Oxford. The drivetrain will be built in Bavaria before being shipped to be mated into a completed car in Oxford. Production will begin in 2019.
By 2025, the group expects plug-in cars to account for between 15-25% of sales. In the first six months of the year, a total of 42,573 BMW i, BMW iPerformance and MINI Electric vehicles were delivered to customers, an increase of 79.8% on the same period last year. The BMW Group is well on track to achieve its target of selling 100,000 electrified vehicles in 2017.
The company currently produces electrified models at ten plants worldwide; since 2013, all the significant elements of the electric drivetrain for these vehicles come from the company’s plants in Dingolfing and Landshut in Bavaria, Germany. Dingolfing additionally builds the plug-in hybrid versions of the BMW 5 Series and the BMW 7 Series and from 2021, it will build the BMW i NEXT.
An investment of more than 100 million euros in electro-mobility has been made at the Dingolfing site to date, with investment continuing as the range of electrified vehicles further expands.