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BMW delivers 1 millionth electric vehicle

German carmaker steps up EV output, grows charging network Metal Tech News - December 8, 2021


Last updated 12/21/2021 at 2:30pm

BMW electric vehicle EV milestone expanding charging network

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BMW Group intends to deliver 2 million fully-electric vehicles to global customers by 2025.

Upon exceeding 500,000 electric vehicles – including battery EVs and hybrids – in 2019, BMW Group announced plans to surpass 1 million electrified vehicles within two years. Fast forward, Dec. 6, 2021, and the German automaker has kept its promise.

"The delivery of our one-millionth electrified vehicle marks a milestone in our transformation – and we already have the next one in our sights: We aim to break through the two-million mark in just two years," said Pieter Nota, member of the board of management of BMW AG.

To help with that future goal, BMW released two key electrified flagships, the BMW iX and the BMW i4, into the market in mid-November. According to the carmaker, both models have been very well received by customers.

"Thanks to our steadily growing product range, we are setting ourselves ambitious sales targets, in particular for fully-electric vehicles: In 2022, we aim to double this year's sales. By 2025 the BMW Group will have delivered around two million fully-electric vehicles to customers," added Nota. "We expect at least one out of every two BMW Group vehicles sold to be fully electric by 2030."

Over the next year, the company will expand its electrified product line-up to include fully-electric versions of the BMW 7 Series and BMW X1. Additionally, the high-volume BMW 5 Series will be added to the electrified portfolio in 2023, with the successors to the MINI Countryman and the all-electric Rolls-Royce will follow shortly after.

At that time, the carmaker is expected to have at least one fully-electric model on the roads in about 90% of its current market segments, with final projections estimating that over the next ten years, the BMW Group will release a total of roughly ten million fully-electric vehicles.

All of this, however, hinges on the swift and comprehensive expansion of charging infrastructure.

BMW electric vehicle EV milestone expanding charging network

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BMW Group's Pieter Nota (right) with Lisa Weindl and Linh Doan, owners of the 1 millionth electrified BMW, an iX xDrive40, at BMW Welt factory on Dec. 6.

"Electromobility needs holistic thinking and implementation. That is why we don't just offer our customers highly attractive electrified cars; we also make sure charging is easy and convenient," said Andreas Aumann, head of strategic product management at BMW Group. "Our commitment spans the entire value chain: from compelling products and services through strategic investments, all the way to building our own company charging infrastructure."

BMW Charging and MINI Charging currently provide customers with access to one of Europe's largest charging networks, made up of more than 250,000 charging points.

With the "active" tariff from BMW and MINI Charging, customers can charge at an attractive market-specific fixed rate that ensures full transparency. Furthermore, the company also offers various home charging solutions with its Wallbox, a home charging station for BMW EVs.

The proud owners of the 1 millionth electrified BMW received the keys to their BMW iX xDrive40 on Dec. 6. Along with the keys to this milestone vehicle, BMW Group through in a free BMW Wallbox, including installation, as well as a credit for public Europe-wide BMW Charging.


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