BMW announces plan for new electric cars

BMW has announced it will build 25 new electrified cars by 2025.

The German automaker pledged to produce several new cars within the next few years, including an i5 model that will sit between its current i3 hatchback and the i8 supercar.

Designed to be a four-door saloon, BMW has said it will have similar dimensions to its 3-Series saloon.

It is estimated that a staggering 20,000 electric-only i3 models will be sold this year alone.

The move towards electrified models comes after the announcement to ban all petrol and diesel cars in the UK by 2040, with reports that electric car sale have already increased for 2017.

BMW also previously unveiled its all-electric Mini, which will be built at its Cowley plant in Oxfordshire.

Klaus Fröhlich, BMW’s head of research and development, spoke to The Times: “We have done the hard work on the road to electrification and we are now in a position to scale up,”

“We have become a tech company. Where once we were employing mechanical engineers it is now about the software.”

An electric version of its small X3 SUV is already in the pipeline and will be on sale from 2020.

BMW also claims it will build electric cars capable of traveling more than 435 miles between charges with the fifth generation of cars it produces.

It will also create new hybrid models that can travel up to 65 miles on electric-only power before the combustion engine kicks in.

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Aidan Rennie-Jones


September 8, 2017

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