BMW to approve 25 electric models by 2025, says CEO


The chairman of BMW, Harald Kruger, has announced that the car maker’s line-up will be boosted with 25 models featuring electric tech by 2025 – 12 of these will be all-electric.

In a statement, Kruger said:  “In electric 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. Going forward, all fully-electric BMWs will belong to BMW i [the brand’s electric division].

“As we have announced, we will be introducing the first BMW core model – the X3 SUV – as a battery electric vehicle in 2020, and this version of the X3 will join the BMW i line-up.”

Kruger also confirmed that the i5, a model sitting exactly in-between the i3 hatchback and i8 supercar, is to be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show along with Mini’s electric concept and the reworked i3 line-up, which includes the sporty i3.

“At this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, we will unveil another significant milestone in our roadmap for e-mobility,” Krüger said.

“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.”

Kruger also said that the BMW group intends to sell 200,000 electrified cars by the close of 2017 – double the number sold last year.

He said: “We believe in the mobility of the future – an individual mobility that is connected and emission-free. Modern society needs mobility. For many people, a car is a vital component of their everyday lives.

“We take our responsibility to society, our customers, our employees, and the environment seriously. That is why we are working hard and fast on the shift towards sustainable mobility.”

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