BMW Group Plug-In Electric Car Sales Up 52% In April
Since the introduction of the i3 in late 2013, BMW sold around the world more than one quarter of a million electrified cars.
In April, sales increased by 52% year-over-year to 9,831. It was enough for plug-ins to account for over 5% of BMW Group car sales.
The main forces behind the result were the BMW 530e (2,670 / +711.6%) and the BMW X5 plug-in hybrid (1,578 / +45.8%).
In the first four months of 2018, BMW Group delivered 36,692 plug-in cars (up 41.2% year-over-year), on track for its goal of 140,000 for the full year.
“In the first four months of the year, BMW Group Electrified sales totalled 36,692 units, up 41.7% on the same period last year. This considerable growth in electrified sales was spread across many markets, including USA (7,716 / +73.3%), the UK (5,059 / +25.6%) and Mainland China (3,181 / +646.7%). The result in China is due to the success of the recently launched, locally produced BMW 5 Series plug-in hybrid. In April, electrified vehicles accounted for 5% of global BMW Group sales, although in certain markets, that percentage is much higher. For example, in the UK, 9.0 % of all BMW Group sales are electrified, in the USA it’s 7.3%. In the mature Scandinavian markets, over a quarter of all BMW Group sales are electrified and in Malaysia, electrified vehicles accounted for more than half of BMW Group sales in April. The main models driving electrified sales growth in April were the BMW 5 Series plug-in hybrid (2,670 / +711.6%), the BMW X5 plug-in hybrid (1,578 / +45.8%) (fuel consumption combined: 3,4-3,3 l/100 km; electricity consumption combined: 15,4‑15,3 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 78-77 g/km) and the BMW i3 (2,665 / +18.3%).”
Pieter Nota, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Sales and Brand BMW
“We are delighted to announce that there are now over a quarter of a million electrified BMW Group vehicles on the world’s roads. Combined sales of BMW i, BMW iPerformance and MINI Electric vehicles were up 52% in April (9,831), bringing the total number of electrified BMW Group cars sold to over 250,000. We are well on track to deliver on our stated target to sell over 140,000 electrified vehicles this year,”.