Details regarding BMW’s electrification plans
That BMW boss Harald Krüger stumbled over his passive e-mobility strategy, is considered likely in the industry. What will happen under his successor Oliver Zipse remains unclear. However, insiders now deliberated a few details on BMW’s planned models.
Is BMW considering fully electric version of the i8?
For the next generation of its i8 plug-in hybrid sports car, BMW is apparently in favour of a fully electric drive with core elements from the BMW iNext’s electric all-wheel drive. The battery cells could be supplied by the Chinese manufacturer CATL.
BMW is stocking up staff for electrification
At their plant in Dingolfing, Bavaria, BMW is planning to increase the number of jobs in the production of electric drive components from the current 600 to up to 2,000 employees. Also, preparations are being made for the production of the iNEXT planned for 2021.
BMW presents the Vision iNEXT – production by 2021
BMW presents the look of their future technological direction with the Vision iNEXT, a concept, which will enter serial production in 2021. The SUV is fully electric, highly automated and fully networked and, the core of BMW`s project iNext for now.
BMW announces billion euro contract for CATL
Harald Krüger, head of the BMW board, announced the contract with the Chinese battery manufacturer for cells valued at over one billion euros. The announcement came in an interview, where it was also confirmed that CATL will be opening a factory near Erfurt, Germany.
What’s NEXT for BMW?
BMW has taken stock and delivered an outlook on the the near future. Next one up is a preview of the iX3, the Bavarians’ next venture into all-electric driving. On top, expect to see more of the iNEXT this year that shall roam autonomously by 2020.
BMW wants to debut iNEXT already in 2018
BMW has been working on its electric and autonomous concept SUV for some time and it looks like the showcase of the whole new platform is to happen this year – way before the iNEXT’s official debut in 2021.