BMW is preparing to release a plug-in hybrid carJune 12, 2020
BMW is working on several electric vehicles, including the i4 and iNext, but that doesn’t mean they forgot about PHEV.
According to Peter Nota, a BMW board member, the company will have a plug-in hybrid car that can drive up to 100 km with electricity alone. However, the brand leader did not go into details.
He noted that the company continues to develop hybrid powertrains with plug-ins, and the promised models in certain segments will be able to cover 100 km with zero emissions.
Nota said that by the end of the year BMW will have 12 hybrids, and in the future there will be even more. He also expects sales to rise, as the company believes that by 2025, electric vehicles will account for 15–25% of global sales. In Europe, the company plans to reach 25% in 2021 and 50% by 2030.
Despite the impending attack on electric cars, according to Nota, plug-in hybrids offer the “best of two worlds,” because they can travel short distances only on electricity, and also allow long trips without recharging.
In particular, he said that plug-in hybrids are ideal for customers who can “drive to work using only electricity, but sometimes traveling long distances, and who can only have one car in their home.”
While some companies focus solely on electric vehicles, Nota said BMW does not believe in a unified approach that will suit everyone. Instead, they want to offer customers several unit options so that they can choose the drive system that best suits their needs.
For example, the next generation of the 7th series will be offered with gasoline and diesel engines, as well as with hybrid and electric powertrains.
And last but not least, Nota said that in the near future BMW will launch a hybrid reward program. Little is known about the program, but he said that users will be given points for every kilometer they drive using electricity, and these points can be redeemed for rewards. It remains unclear what these awards will be, but it seems to be an interesting benefit that encourages people to use electricity as much as possible.
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