BMW speeds up its electromobility roadmap by two years – 25 model line-up to now be ready by 2023

In 2017, BMW revealed its electrification roadmap, in which it outlined plans to have 25 new electrified models out by 2025. This timeframe has been ramped up, with Munich now announcing that it will achieve the deployment of the line-up two years earlier, by 2023.

More than half of the 25 models are set to be all-electric, expanding on the 12 models that were mentioned in 2017 (making it just under half of the total then). This was revealed at the automaker’s #NextGen showcase in Munich, which has the world premieres of the Vision M Next and Motorrad Vision DC Roadster e-bike as part of the event highlights.

The company said the earlier timeframe of deployment has been made possible due to having flexible vehicle architectures for fully-electric, plug-in hybrid and combustion engine drive trains, allowing it to respond quicker to changing conditions.

By the end of 2019, the company aims to have more than half a million vehicles with fully-electric or plug-in hybrid drivetrains out in the market. According to BMW CEO Harald Kruger, sales of the company’s electrified vehicles are expected to double of that now by 2021, with a steep growth curve predicted towards 2025, where EV sales are expected to increase by an average of 30% every year at that point.

Five fully-electric series-production vehicles are expected to be available on sale within the next two years, with the MINI Electric set to join the pioneering i3 in the line-up this year. This will be followed in 2020 by the iX3, which will be assembled in Shenyang, China. In 2021, the iNext and i4 sedan will make it a quintet of all-electric offerings.

On the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) front, upcoming near-field products include the G01 BMW X3 PHEV as well as an X1 long wheelbase version, which will be produced locally for the Chinese market. Later this year, new longer-range PHEV variants of the G30 5 Series and facelifted 2 Series Active Tourer will be released, and these will be followed by the PHEV versions of the F48 X1 facelift and the G21 3 Series Touring in 2020.