BMW Group aims to have one million electrified vehicles on the roads in 2021
The BMW Group is focusing on the next electromobility milestone: «By the end of 2021, we aim to have a total of one million electrified vehicles on the roads» stated Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. «We are already right at the forefront of electromobility. No manufacturer has delivered more electrified cars to customers in Germany so far this year than the BMW Group. In Norway, three out of every four new BMW Group vehicles sold have an electrified drive train» he said.
Looking ahead to the next decade, Zipse expects electromobility to develop at different rates around the world – due to the differences in infrastructure, customer driving profiles and political frameworks. According to BMW Group forecasts, customer demand should ensure that over 50 percent of new vehicle registrations in China’s premium segment will be pure battery-electric vehicles (BEV) in 2030. The figure for Europe will be only about half that number. The US, the world's second largest vehicle market, will be at about the same level as Europe.
«The BMW Group is a global company. We will be able to offer our customers all relevant drive technologies: our conventional engines with benchmark efficiency, battery-electric drive trains, plug-in hybrids and, in the future, hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. This puts us in a very strong strategic position to tackle the challenges of future mobility and climate change» Zipse continued.
Hydrogen fuel cell technology could be a real solution, especially for long distances. The BMW Group expects demand for this technology to increase in the second half of the next decade and will be launching a test fleet of fuel cell vehicles in 2022. The company presented the BMW i Hydrogen Next development vehicle at IAA.