BMW Crosses 100,000 Electric Vehicles Global Sales — What iNEXT For The German Giant?

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BMW launched the i3 in November 2013 and since then it has sold more than 100,000 units of electric vehicles (EVs) worldwide.

Of the total sales, 60,000 came from its urban EV i3 making it the most successful electric car in the premium compact segment as per BMW. The company said its i8 plug-in hybrid ranks one among the electrified sports cars.

BMW has sold 10,000 units of the i8 since its launch back in 2014. The company has sold 30,000 units of plug-in hybrids from its portfolio in the past three years to make up the remaining 100,000 plus mark.

Currently, BMW puts the plug-in hybrids under the BMW i Performance label which reflects what the company calls the "successful broad-based transfer of BMW i technology."

Among this category, the BMW X5 plug-in hybrid has been the top sellers in the group of electrified vehicles beyond the i3 and i8.

So what is next for the BMW's electrified segment? Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Harald Krüger said that when it comes to electric powertrains they have successfully managed to put this technology transfer on the road.

The next is technological advancement in the automated driving where the BMW iNEXT will set a new benchmark.

Among others to follow the plug-in hybridization in the years to come will include Mini Countryman in 2017. There will also be new variant to the BMW i8 sports car with aplug-in hybrid which will come by 2018 - an open top BMW i8 Roadster.

There is also news about BMW launching the i5 electric SUV by 2021. BMW also said that with new technology has brought nearly 80 percent new customers have bought the i3 globally and is an encouraging sign for the company.

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Story first published: Friday, November 4, 2016, 11:42 [IST]
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