The BMW Group has said that it is well prepared for the post-COVID-19 future, and electric and low CO2 cars will remain a key element of its strategy.
The Group set out a strategy to systematically electrify its model range, which was reaffirmed in its Performance > NEXT programme launched in 2017.
It has also strategically secured access to the raw materials needed to deliver electric mobility. Since the beginning of the current year, the BMW Group has been procuring the required cobalt and lithium directly and passing those resources on to the suppliers who manufacture battery cells.
The BMW Group continues to work to reduce CO2 emissions levels in its new model fleet and is again set to achieve the stipulated CO2 fleet target for new vehicles registered in Europe this year. This is around 20% below last year’s target. The Group expects to achieve one third of the required reduction through further improvements to its conventional drivetrain systems and the remaining two thirds by increasing the number of electrified vehicles it produces.
The BMW Group’s efforts to meet future mandatory CO2 and fuel consumption limits are therefore based on the combined impact of Efficient Dynamics technologies – which the Group has deployed continuously since 2007 – and the progressive electrification of its fleet.
The BMW Group is already a leading supplier of electrified vehicles and is currently in the process of expanding its range significantly. By the end of 2021, the BMW Group will be able to offer customers a choice of five all-electric series production vehicles.
In addition to the BMW i3, the all-electric MINI Cooper SE went into production at the Group’s Oxford plant (UK) at the end of 2019. This year, production of the BMW iX3 will begin at the Shenyang plant in China, followed in 2021 by the BMW iNEXT and the BMW i4 – all of which will be equipped with fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology.
The next generation of the BMW 7 Series is set to be available with four different drivetrain types: as a highly efficient diesel or petrol-powered version, as an electrified plug-in hybrid and, for the first time, as an all-electric BEV model, which will also be equipped with fifth-generation electric drivetrain technology.
In total, 30,692 electrified BMW and MINI brand vehicles were delivered worldwide between January and March 2020.