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BMW Group plan for electrification

  • Flexible vehicle architecture to enable electrification of every model series.
  • Fully electric MINI confirmed as a MINI 3-door Hatch.
  • Company committed to selling 100,000 electrified vehicles in 2017 with 200,000 electrified vehicles on roads by year end.
  • By 2025, the BMW Group expects electrified vehicles to account for between 15-25% of sales.

BMW has announced that an all-electric MINI will be in production within two years at Plant Oxford – with a battery powertrain made in Germany.

Electrification is one of the central pillars of the BMW Group’s corporate strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT and the company has announced that all brands and model series can be electrified with the battery MINI is on its way.

As it ramps up electrification, with nine models already in production, it says it is committed to selling 100,000 electrified cars in 2017 to make a total of 200,000 on the road by the end of the year.

With the brands BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, it says full-electric or plug-in hybrid drivetrain will be offered in addition to the combustion engine option.

Additional electrified models will be brought to market in the coming years and beyond 2020, the company’s next generation vehicle architecture will be structured in order to enable new models also to be offered as a full-electric vehicle.

The BMW Group announced today that the new battery-electric MINI will be a variant of the brand’s core 3-door Hatch model. This fully electric car will go into production in 2019, increasing the choice of MINI powertrains to include petrol and diesel internal combustion engines, a plug-in hybrid and a battery electric vehicle.

The battery electric MINI’s electric drivetrain will be built at the BMW Group’s e-mobility centre at Plants Dingolfing and Landshut in Bavaria before being integrated into the car at Plant Oxford, which is the main production location for the MINI 3-door Hatch.

BMW electric strategy

  • Electrified models built at ten plants worldwide
  • More than 100 million euros invested in electro-mobility at the Dingolfing site
  • Dingolfing builds plug-in hybrid versions of BMW 5 Series and BMW 7 Series and from 2021 will build the BMW i NEXT
  • By 2025, the BMW Group expects electrified vehicles to account for between 15-25% of sales.

Oliver Zipse, BMW AG management board member for production said: “BMW Group Plants Dingolfing and Landshut play a leading role within our global production network as the company’s global competence centre for electric mobility.

“Our adaptable production system is innovative and able to react rapidly to changing customer demand. If required, we can increase production of electric drivetrain motor components quickly and efficiently, in line with market developments.”

By 2025, the BMW Group expects electrified vehicles to account for between 15-25% of sales.

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However, factors such as regulation, incentives and charging infrastructure will play a major role in determining the scale of electrification from market to market.

In order to react quickly and appropriately to customer demand, the BMW Group has developed a uniquely flexible system across its global production network.

Electric model timeline

  • 2008 – Company’s large scale electric vehicle trial began world-wide with the MINI E
  • 2016 – New MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid produced by VDL Nedcar in the Netherlands
  • 2018 – BMW i8 Roadster
  • 2019 – New battery MINI 3-door hatch will go into production, drivetrain made in Germany, for Oxford car build
  • 2020 – All-electric BMW X3
  • 2021 – BMW iNEXT due

In the future, the BMW Group production system will create structures that enable our production facilities to build models with a combustion engine, plug-in hybrid or fully electric drive train at the same time.

The BMW Group currently produces electrified models at ten plants worldwide; since 2013, all the significant elements of the electric drivetrain for these vehicles come from the company’s plants in Dingolfing and Landshut.

Dingolfing additionally builds the plug-in hybrid versions of the BMW 5 Series and the BMW 7 Series and from 2021, it will build the BMW i NEXT.

The BMW Group has invested a total of more than 100 million euros in electro-mobility at the Dingolfing site to date, with investment continuing as the BMW Group’s range of electrified vehicles further expands.

Electrification of all brands and model series

The new, fully-electric MINI is one of a series of electrified models to be launched by the BMW and MINI brands in the coming years. In 2018, the BMW i8 Roadster will become the newest member of the BMW i family. The all-electric BMW X3 has been announced for 2020, and the BMW iNEXT is due in 2021.

Today, the BMW Group offers the widest range of electrified vehicles of any car manufacturer in the world, with nine models already on the market. These range from the full-electric BMW i3 to the company’s newest electrified model, the MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid, which is produced by VDL Nedcar in the Netherlands.

The company has committed to selling 100,000 electrified vehicles in 2017 and will have a total of 200,000 electrified vehicles on the roads by the end of the year.

The BMW Group has benefited from its early start on the road to electrification. Indeed, the company’s pioneering, large scale electric vehicle trial began world-wide in 2008 with the MINI E.

Learnings from this project played a crucial role in the subsequent development of the BMW i3 and BMW i8, technology pioneers which themselves informed the company’s current range of plug-in hybrid vehicles.

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