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

MAY 21 2016 BY MARK KANE 4

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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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.”

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

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.

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