BMW Group gets rid of 50% of conventional ICEsMarch 14, 2020
By 2021, the BMW Group is cutting 50% of its “traditional powertrain options.”
It seems that the Bavarians are ready to go all-in for hybrid and all-electric vehicles. The German automaker today published part of its financial statements, marking the end of fiscal year 2019 with news of increased profits. The proceeds of the BMW Group, which includes BMW’s automotive and motorcycle technology divisions, as well as the Mini and Rolls-Royce, for the first time in history exceeded 100 billion euros.
Meanwhile, in a rather capacious press release, it was briefly mentioned that the changes that affect the motor range of the Bavarian brand will affect half of the current proposals of the BMW Group, and this revolution will begin next year.
“As for the product, from 2021 up to 50% of traditional transmission options will be ruled out in the transition to an improved, intelligent car architecture – in favor of additional electrified transmissions,” the BMW press service said.
This means that, but the transition to brand electrification is obvious, despite the absence of a list of specific models in the announcement. Thus, starting next year, BMW will take large-scale steps to move from the internal combustion engine to hybrid and electric systems. This does not mean that the company’s lineup will lose half of the current models in the coming years, although optimization will happen by itself. It should be noted that this applies to the BMW Group, and not just to the BMW.
BMW’s electrical transformation is on its way. The i3 is expected to be on sale until 2024, the Mini Cooper SE is already available, the iX3 crossover should go to European dealers next year, the production version of the recently introduced BMW Concept i4 is scheduled for release in 2021, and the iNext SUV should appear next year. year.
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