BMW EV Sales Doubles So Far This Year, More Than 10,000 Sold

BMW i3

MAR 16 2017 BY MARK KANE 10

BMW 225xe iPerformance Active Tourer

BMW is pleased with the growth of its worldwide light vehicles sales this past February, which grew by 3.0% during the month to 147,789 units sold overall (which translates to around 4,300 additional deliveries over a year ago).

But more interesting to us, is inside the latest BMW sales announcement is the fact that most of the gains seems to be coming for BMW’s plug-in vehicles.  Specifically, 10,000 plug-in cars (BMW i and BMW iPerformance) were sold over the first two months of 2017 – which is 110% more than year ago!

BMW i3

Taking into consideration the 5,232 deliveries in January, February had at similar result around 5,000, and close to 3.4% share of total sales.

So the obvious conclusion is that majority of BMW’s sales growth comes from the introduction of plug-in models.

In the future, it could turn into the general rule that manufacturers will only be able to expand by more deeply embracing the plug-in segment.

To increase sales further, BMW is moving forward with introduction of 530e iPerformance this month (March) and the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 (June).

“Sales of the BMW Group’s range of electrified vehicles have shown very strong growth in the year-to-date, reflecting increasing customer interest in alternative drivetrain vehicles.

Since the beginning of the year, more than 10,000 electrified vehicles have been delivered to customers worldwide, an increase of 110.1% on the same period last year. Sales of electrified models are set to increase still further with the introduction of the plug-in hybrid BMW 530e iPerformance, which goes on sale in mid-March, and the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 plug-in hybrid which will start delivery in June.”

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10 Comments on "BMW EV Sales Doubles So Far This Year, More Than 10,000 Sold"

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Kim Jorgensen

Misleading headline as usual. An plug-in hybrid is not an EV.


I believe you are wrong here, EV stands for electric vehicles and there are at least two subcategories there, plug-in hybrids vehicles(PHEV) and battery electric vehicles(BEV)

Micke Larsson

Nope, it is you that is once again wrong. A plugin hybrid EV is also an EV, obviously.

David Murray

Get over yourself.


If you plug it into the wall and charge the batteries, then drive until the battery is depleted, and do that over again, what would you call that?

If you never plug it in and just rely on regen and the ICE, then I agree.

This metric of how often the battery is charged from the wall is critical to understanding of there’s any benefit from PHEVs.


BMW sells yet more minimum range plug-ins and inside EVs helps them out by calling them EVs.


They really need to accelerate sales if they want to achieve the 100k mark in 2017. 9000 sales per month for the remaining months

David Lane

Great news! I’m pleased about the way EV sales are growing.


Where’s Yogurt? He loves those small battery car stats.


So now we know what the sales figures are, and I would be surprised if manufacturers are not capturing statistics, so what we really want to know now is how often are these PHEV’s actually plugged into the wall?

If the vehicle is never plugged in then the EV side is providing little to no value, it is just acting as a hybrid. But they are plugged in whenever possible, then that is the real good news.

It would be very interesting to know this.