Long absent from the electric car scene, BMW will quickly catch up by offering no less than eight new products by 2025.
One of the first manufacturers to take an interest in electric mobility with the BMW i3, the Munich-based firm has long opted for plug-in hybrid engines. But BMW seems to be going back on its original path to follow a hearty product plan for the next five years.
While the very recent BMW iX3 marked the start of this electric offensive, the brand will soon launch the final versions of the BMW i4 and the iNext, a large SUV that will adopt the iX badge. In the SUV department, BMW should also offer a fully electrified version of the BMW X7. However, no official speech was heard about it, unlike the already confirmed BMW iX1, which will replace the current BMW i3.
A target of 460,000 electric cars per year
The BMW i3 we know will therefore disappear, to make way for the electrified version of the BMW 3 Series, a family sedan similar in size to the BMW 3 Series and targeting the Tesla Model 3 in its segment. It will be joined in the range of the BMW i5 and the i7 limousine, expected in 2022 and which will carry all of the brand's know-how in the field of electric cars. In contrast, the BMW i1 will take advantage of the FAAR platform of the iX1 to emerge and sit opposite the Volkswagen ID.3.
The program promises to be sustained for BMW, which should complete its electric range in 2025. This would allow BMW to reach its target of 4.6 million fully electric cars sold in the next ten years, or an average volume of 460,000 units per year. Recall that the brand recorded last year a volume of 42,249 copies of its unique electric, the BMW i3.