BMW bought 100,000 plug-in vehicles this 12 months: greater than GM, in all probability Nissan too (Tesla TBD)


BMW Group headquarters remodeled into batteries in Munich
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It’s important to hand it to BMW.

When the German automaker got down to eclipse final 12 months’s gross sales
of plug-in vehicles by delivering 100,000 electrified autos
globally this 12 months, it was an formidable purpose.

However as of the tip of November, the automaker has achieved its
purpose—and in so doing has bought almost as many electrified
autos this 12 months because it did between the time it launched the i
model in 2013 and the tip of 2016.

plans to promote 100,000 plug-in vehicles in 2017, CEO

That gross sales achievement places it forward of Basic Motors and really
seemingly Nissan, two different firms identified for gross sales of their
electrical and electrified autos.

Nonetheless, BMW derives most of its electrified success from
plug-in hybrids, not full battery-electric autos as Nissan
does with its Leaf and e-NV200 small electrical supply van.

Tesla has additionally projected it’s going to ship greater than 100,000
electrical vehicles by the tip of the 12 months, although we cannot know if
it met that purpose till early January.

2017 BMW i3 REx range-extended electrical automotive [photo: Chris
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BMW celebrated its 100,000 milestone by portray its Munich
headquarters with gentle, turning the 4 cylindrical buildings
into pseudo batteries within the night time.

“We ship on our guarantees,” mentioned Harald Krüger,
Chairman of the Board of Administration of BMW AG. “This
99-metre-high sign is lighting the way in which into the period of

“Promoting 100,000 electrified vehicles in a single 12 months is an
essential milestone, however that is only the start for

‘i’ electric-car sub-brand to develop into SUVs, utility
autos, with ‘iX’ fashions

Just lately, BMW expanded its i model with the
addition of the BMW i8 Roadster in Los Angeles. Each the i8
coupe and Roadster achieve bigger battery packs and enhanced

The BMW i3 additionally obtained updates this 12 months with the
addition of a sportier i3s mannequin.

Within the close to future, BMW will introduce an electrified
model of the BMW X3—seemingly known as iX3 when it goes on sale in

Its identify follows the corporate’s current trademarking iX1
by means of iX9, organising a naming conference for future
electrified crossovers and SUVs.

Even sooner, a totally electrical Mini will be a part of the ranks in
2019 to enrich the Mini Cooper S E Countryman
ALL4 presently on sale.

Nonetheless, BMW’s i model flagship, codenamed iNext
and rumored to be known as i9, will not arrive till

2017 Mini Countryman, together with plug-in hybrid: ‘largest Mini

In all, the German producer plans to supply 25
electrified fashions, of which 12 will likely be totally electrical, by

BMW accounts for 21 % of electrified automobile market
share in Europe, which is 6 % of all BMWs delivered on
the continent.

The corporate additionally claimed in its launch a 10-percent
share of the worldwide electrified automobile market as of the tip of


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