BMW has published their global sales data for the first 5 months of 2018 and shares of electric and hybrid cars are on the rise and grew by 41% worldwide. In countries like Norway and Malaysia, electrified cars even make for almost 50 percent of all sales.
BMW says it sold over a million cars this year alone, more than ever before. Particularly sales of plug-in models are increasing “with customer deliveries up by over 40%,” said Pieter Nota, BMW AG Management Board member for Sales and Brand BMW.
In total, BMW sold 46,849 electric cars and plug-in hybrids in the first 5 months of this year. This means throughout January to May, sales of BMW i, BMW iPerformance and MINI Electric vehicles jumped 41 per cent.
It is a global trend with some markets reporting especially strong development. For example, electrified vehicles accounted for more than 7% of BMW and MINI sales in the UK (6,555 / +34.2%) and nearly 7% of all BMW and MINI models sold in the USA (9,762 / +61.0%).
Moreover, in Norway and Malaysia, electric and hybrid BMW account for more than half of all sales of BMW. Demand from Norwegians remained steadily high as they bought 4,125 BMW plug ins (+5.8%). Sales in Malaysia though surged by 37.9% resulting in 2,313 units sold.
This growth in demand for BMW i models will lead to production at Plant Leipzig being increased by over 50% this autumn, to 200 cars a day.
The BMW Group remains well on target to achieve its stated aim of selling over 140,000 electrified vehicles in 2018.