Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, and Klaus Fröhlich, BMW Board Member, each released statements about the electrification plans for the BMW Group, ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany that looks to be one of the best when it comes to the volume of new plug-ins expected to debut.
Meet the 2020 BMW i5 Rendering
In total, the BMW Group intends to offer 25 electrified vehicles (all-electric or plug-in hybrids) by 2025. That would mean a doubling of the current offer.
The second major note, and even more impressive, is that 12 of those 25 are to be fully electric. Currently there is only the i3, and new sportier i3s (not sure BMW counts this as 1 offering or two at this point), so it would seem that the bulk of the new electrified models will be all-electric.
The new MINI Electric Concept (2019), all-electric X3 (2020) and BMW iNEXT (2021) are three new BEVs that are coming - leaving nine more to come.
BMW further hints a new four-door, fully-electric BMW i, between i3 and i8 (maybe i5) that will be unveiled at the IAA.
"Let me make one thing very clear: In e-mobility, the BMW Group will also be the leading provider in the premium segment. By 2025, we will offer 25 electrified vehicles – 12 will be fully-electric. Today, and at the IAA, you will see the concept vehicle for the first series electric MINI, for release in 2019. As we have announced, we will be introducing the first BMW core model – the X3 – as a BEV in 2020. Going forward, all fully-electric BMWs will belong to BMW i. This also applies to the X3. We have also announced the BMW iNEXT – our next innovation spearhead – for 2021.
At this year’s IAA, we will unveil another significant milestone in our roadmap for e-mobility. It is a vision of how we imagine a four-door, fully-electric vehicle between the i3 and i8. It is a vision we want to realize in the foreseeable future. And a further step in our commitment to sustainable mobility."
This year BMW will sell around 100,000 plug-in cars, and reach 200,000 cumulatively.