BMW has announced that it sold 36,692 units of electrified vehicles in the first quarter of 2018, a growth of 41.7% over the same period last year. That’s a combination of BMW’s i electric cars, iPerformance plug-in hybrids and MINI PHEVs.

With the big Q1 result, there are now over over 250,000 electrified BMWs on the road, and the group is on track to deliver its target of 140,000 such vehicles this year.

Malaysia is a big market for BMW’s electrified vehicles, even in the global scheme of things. In the first four months of 2018, plug-in hybrids accounted for 52.7% of BMW Group Malaysia’s total sales. There was a point in time where Malaysia was the leading market in ASEAN and the fifth largest market in the world for BMW PHEVs. Malaysia was also the second largest market in the world for the X5 xDrive40e.

“Our portfolio of visionary mobility vehicles have been developing from strength to strength here, and we now have a plug-in hybrid vehicle variant for almost all models which makes for the largest portfolio currently available in the Malaysian automotive industry,” said Harald Hoelzl, MD and CEO of BMW Group Malaysia.

In the first four months of 2018, BMW introduced two new PHEVs in Malaysia – the BMW 530e Sport in January (the fifth BMW iPerformance model to be introduced here) and the MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid last month, MINI’s first-ever PHEV model.

The group’s PHEVs are supported by growing charging infrastructure. This year, new BMW i charging stations were set up in Ipoh (Weil Hotel); Holiday Inn Melaka and The Equatorial Melaka; and at CityOne Megamall Kuching, Sarawak. Owners are also supported by the ChargEV platform, which has a growing network of more than 270 charging facilities nationwide.

With incentive-assisted prices and great performance, we’re fans of Munich’s PHEVs – read our full reviews of the G30 BMW 530e and F60 MINI Cooper S E Countryman All4.