BMW bought 100,000 plug-in automobiles this yr: greater than GM, most likely Nissan too (Tesla TBD)


BMW Group headquarters reworked 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 yr’s gross sales
of plug-in automobiles by delivering 100,000 electrified autos
globally this yr, it was an formidable aim.

However as of the tip of November, the automaker has achieved its
aim—and in so doing has bought almost as many electrified
autos this yr 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 automobiles in 2017, CEO

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

Nevertheless, 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 automobiles by the tip of the yr, although we cannot know if
it met that aim 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 mild, turning the 4 cylindrical buildings
into pseudo batteries within the evening.

“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 automobiles in a single yr is an
necessary milestone, however that is just the start for

‘i’ electric-car sub-brand to broaden 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 acquire bigger battery packs and enhanced

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

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

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

Even sooner, a completely electrical Mini will be part of the ranks in
2019 to enhance the Mini Cooper S E Countryman
ALL4 at present on sale.

Nevertheless, BMW’s i model flagship, codenamed iNext
and rumored to be referred to 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 shall be totally electrical, by

BMW accounts for 21 p.c of electrified automobile market
share in Europe, which is 6 p.c 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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