BMW Notes Big Increase In Plug-In Electric Car Sales In April

1 year ago by Mark Kane 4

BMW i worldwide sales – April 2016

BMW i worldwide sales – April 2016

BMW X5 xDrive40e

BMW X5 xDrive40e

April finally saw a big rebound in BMW i sales worldwide after three months of exceptionally poor results.

In total 2,181 i3s and i8s were sold (1,854 i3 and 327 i8), which is 29.4% more than year ago.

The BMW i3 alone grew by 50.7%, but we have to say that the model now finds itself under a lot of short-term sales pressure with confirmation of a new 33 kWh version arriving later this summer.

The BMW i is however just part of BMW’s broader expansion in the plug-ins. The German company sold 4,504 plug-ins in total for April, and nearly 52% of those were not BMW i.


In April 2016 3 per 100 BMW sold were plug-ins


The other big plug-in entries for BMW are relatively newer cars like the X5 xDrive40e and the BMW 330e. In total, non-BMW i plug-in hybrids accounted for total 2,323 sales – the first time ever eclipsing the specialized brand.

The X5 xDrive40e logged 1,196 deliveries in April, representing nearly 10% of all BMW X5 sales worldwide.

Three largest market for BMW plug-ins in April were:

  • USA
  • Scandinavia
  • UK

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4 responses to "BMW Notes Big Increase In Plug-In Electric Car Sales In April"

  1. SparkEV says:

    Tesla will be able to sell in Texas, so we’ll see how that will affect EV sales. I suspect positive!

    “Nearly 90 percent of the more than 8,000 delegates supported the Tesla-backed language in the [presumably Republican] party platform.”

    http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2016/05/texas-auto-dealers-receive-tesla-sized-dent-from-state-gop.html/

  2. Ct200h says:

    They should add the X1 phev and X3 as well
    Hottest segment right now combined with plug in power

  3. Dan says:

    Wonder if many potential buyers were waiting to see the Tesla announcement first before buying the i3. That would explain the rebound in April.

    I have an early 31st Mar reservation that I’ve almost convinced myself to cancel and buy a 33kwh i3 instead. The (lack of) hatch is probably the primary reason that is is driving my switch.

  4. wavelet says:

    I’m really surprised at the increase in i3 sales, given the upcoming 33kWh version for (apparently) not much more…