Jun 8, 2023 - 11:03 am
AESC kicks off construction of battery plant in South Carolina
Battery cell manufacturer AESC (formerly Envision AESC) has begun construction of its new factory in the US state of South Carolina, which will supply BMW with cylindrical cells in the future. Announced in December 2022, the production facility in Florence County is scheduled to come on stream in 2026.
May 31, 2023 - 12:01 pm
ICCT e-mobility transition ranking shows Tesla and BYD in lead
A new report by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) assesses how effectively the world’s 20 largest automakers are transitioning to electric vehicles. At the top of the ranking is Tesla, followed by Chinese manufacturer BYD, which is catching up fast.
May 25, 2023 - 03:58 pm
BMW to launch i7 with rear-wheel drive in July
According to the German carmaker, the new BMW i7 eDrive50 offers a maximum output of 335 kW and comes with a range of 575 to 611 kilometres in WLTP. In the USA, both i7 and i4 customers also have the option of a boosted variant with longer ranges.
May 25, 2023 - 02:31 pm
Electrify America and BMW deepen their bond over the new i5
BMW of North America today announced an agreement with Electrify America to provide first-time owners of the incoming BMW i5 with two years of complimentary 30-minute charging sessions. This agreement expands on the included charging offered for other electric BMW cars.
May 24, 2023 - 02:01 pm
BMW i5: The electric sedan that means business
BMW unveiled the latest generation of its 5 Series sedan, and the electric variant called the i5. According to the German carmaker, the i5 aims to become the leader in sustainable premium mobility in the upper mid-size vehicle segment.
May 22, 2023 - 03:08 pm
BMW and Tyde unveil fast electric boat in Cannes
BMW and boat manufacturer Tyde have unveiled a groundbreaking electric boat in Cannes. Dubbed The Icon, this watercraft represents a “new kind of flagbearer,” according to BMW, when it comes to zero-emission vessels.
May 22, 2023 - 11:20 am
BMW to build ‘New Class’ electric car in China as well
BMW will also manufacture its “Neue Klasse” or New Class electric cars in China. Following the market launch in 2025, the next-gen EV models will also be produced by the China joint venture BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) in Shenyang from 2026, as will the batteries required for them.
May 11, 2023 - 03:54 pm
RETTmobil trade show presents electric emergency vehicle lineup
At the leading European trade fair for rescue and mobility RETTmobil, currently taking place in Germany, there are also a number of purely electric emergency vehicles on display – from the ID. Buzz as an emergency ambulance to the Mercedes eCitan with an extension for rescue services.
May 10, 2023 - 02:07 pm
Eve Energy to build battery factory in Hungary
The Chinese battery cell manufacturer Eve Energy will build its first European factory in Debrecen, Hungary, to supply BMW with large round cells for new-class electric cars. This had been hinted at before – and is now officially confirmed.
May 3, 2023 - 12:15 pm
Mini Cooper Electric to reach up to 400 km range
Mini has announced the first official key data for the upcoming Cooper Electric. The fifth generation of the 3-door Mini will be available for purchase by the end of the year and is to be produced in Leipzig from November.
May 2, 2023 - 11:24 am
BMW and E.On offer smart charging for the home
BMW and E.On have agreed to cooperate on smart charging. Initially, the aim is to charge EVs at home at times convenient for the grid. But bi-directional charging could also play a role in the long term.
Apr 28, 2023 - 02:11 pm
BMW finalises suspension fine-tuning of the i5
The BMW i5 is entering the home straight of its series development process with the fine-tuning of its suspension control and driver assistance systems. According to BMW, the world premiere will take place in “a few weeks”.
Apr 27, 2023 - 02:00 pm
BMW i Ventures leads investment into rare earth recycling
BMW’s investment arm BMW i Ventures announced an investment in Cyclic Materials, a Canadian company focused on recycling rare earth elements (REE). Regarding e-mobility, Cyclic Materials cooperates with Polestar to recover magnets for electric motors.
Apr 25, 2023 - 02:55 pm
Mini rumoured to be considering building EVs in Mexico
Mini is considering building electric cars in North America in the future to gain access to US subsidies. According to a media report, an electric crossover from Mini could go into production at BMW’s Mexican plant in San Luis Potosi in the second half of the decade.
Apr 20, 2023 - 11:30 am
A road trip with the BMW iX xDrive50
With the discontinuation of the i3, the iX is BMW’s only electric car designed exclusively as such and not based on a combustion engine. Reason enough for us to take an in-depth look at this car on a 2,000-kilometre road trip in European winter weather. Are charging card chaos and range anxiety still an issue […]
Apr 18, 2023 - 01:23 pm
USA updates eligible model list for Inflation Reduction Act
The US Treasury Department has updated the list of eligible electric car models. The background is the new rules published a fortnight ago that electric cars in the US have to meet in order to qualify for the tax incentives of up to 7,500 USD under the Inflation Reduction Act.
Apr 18, 2023 - 12:05 pm
BMW introduces new range topping model for the i7
With the BMW i7 M70 xDrive, BMW M is putting an all-electric performance model at the top of the new 7 Series. The top model of the i7 series presented in Shanghai is the most powerful BMW with electric drive to date.
Apr 11, 2023 - 02:02 pm
BMW Group sells 11 per cent BEV vehicles in Q1 of 2023
The BMW Group sold 64,647 fully electric vehicles from the BMW and Mini brands in the first three months of the year. This represents a growth rate of 83 per cent compared to the first quarter of 2022. If plug-in hybrids are included, sales grew by 23 per cent.
Apr 5, 2023 - 12:26 pm
Mini Countryman to arrive with two drive variants
BMW has officially published key data on the new generation of the Mini Countryman, which will also come with a purely electric drive. For the first time, an electric car of the Mini brand will also have an all-wheel drive.
Mar 24, 2023 - 11:10 am
BMW’s cylindrical cells rumoured to be better than Tesla’s
According to a media report, the round cells from BMW’s confirmed supplier Eve Energy for the New Class are superior to those from Tesla. Since they have a higher energy density, they allow for more range while the battery pack remains the same size.
Mar 21, 2023 - 11:39 am
BMW & Continental invest in DeepDrive
BMW and Continental have become investors in electric drive specialist DeepDrive. The Munich-based start-up has developed a radial flux dual rotor motor including power electronics that can be installed as a central drive as well as a wheel hub drive in production vehicles.
Mar 15, 2023 - 12:42 pm
BMW to release six BEVs by 2025
BMW is planning at least six model launches within 24 months for the ‘New Class’ electric cars from 2025. To this end, additional plants are to be converted for the production of these electric cars. More concrete information on the platform and the first models will be available in September.
Mar 13, 2023 - 09:04 am
VW and BMW join price war in China
Volkswagen and BMW have reduced prices for their EVs in China significantly. This comes after a number of carmakers have started offering their electric cars for less to increase sales and reduce inventory in the country.
Mar 10, 2023 - 01:53 pm
BMW appears to keep prepping Oxford for electric Minis
BMW plans to invest up to £600 million to ready its Oxford plant for building electric Mini cars. The BBC broke the news without naming specific sources. The British government has offered BMW 75 million pounds in subsidies to keep the Cowley plant going.