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Published on November 18th, 2020 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


BMW Electric Car Progress

Will Petrol Driven Cars Will Still Be Produced?

BMW management have mentioned in recent press statements that the company’s focus for the future will be on electric cars. However, also mentioned is that the company will note be forgetting their investment in cars with combustion engines, which in 2025 will still represent 70 per cent of their volume produced.

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Massimo Senatore, has mentioned that BMW is attentive to a “very significant” growth of the segment of the trams and that this option could be valued out of this pandemic, statements made during the “Portugal Smart Cities 2020”, an event that features “Jornal Económico” as a media partner. However, this official believes that models with internal combustion engines “still have decades of life”.

“Every month we are seeing a very significant growth in sales of electric cars, this is the truth. We are confident that consumer awareness of environmental issues will also be strengthened in this pandemic”, pointed out the director general of BMW, stressing that “this worldwide stop has shown us the positive effect on the environment with a visible reduction in emissions”.

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However, “despite the reinforced commitment to quantifying vehicles, whether hybrid or fully electric, they may seem to be dominating the market, it is true, but traditional internal combustion engines are still decades old,” said Massimo Senatore.

“This change to electrification will take some time, when we assume that the best scenario in the future corresponds to 25-30 per cent of electric vehicle sales in the year 2025, we have 70 per cent of the cars with combustion engines”, pointed out the person in charge of BMW. “All the more reason to continue investing in combustion technologies as well,” he added.

According to Massimo Senatore, the focus, in the future, should be on electric cars, but do not neglect combustion engine cars, where BMW continues to invest having improved over the years “the efficiency of internal combustion engines” that have less emissions polluting gases than they had a few years ago.

In October 2020 BMW Group announced that they delivered a total of 116,381 (+20.0%) BMW and MINI electrified vehicles to customers in the first nine months of the year. With 54,719 units delivered in the third quarter, the company sold 46.6 percent more electrified vehicles than in the same period of the previous year.

The new plug-in hybrid variants of the BMW X2, BMW 3 Series and BMW 5 Series underscore the BMW Group’s leading role in the premium electrified segment in Europe and worldwide. Deliveries of the fully-electric BMW iX3 will begin before the end of 2020.

Next year, the BMW Group will continue the systematic electrification of its model line-up, with the fully-electric BMW i4 and the BMW iNEXT. The company plans to have more than seven million electrified vehicles on the roads by 2030; two thirds of them fully-electric. By 2023, the BMW Group will offer customers no fewer than 25 electrified models including a fully-electric variant of the next-generation BMW 7 Series, the BMW X1 and the BMW 5 Series. Customers will be able to choose between the pure electric vehicle, a plug-in hybrid, an efficient diesel and a petrol version with 48-volt technology.

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