BMW likely to drop combustion models with ‘New Class’
BMW has apparently decided that the next generation of models based on the ‘New Class’ platform planned for 2025 will be built exclusively with pure electric drive systems. In addition, another rumour about the battery cells for the new architecture is confirmed.
BMW makes Mini a dedicated EV brand
BMW Group is intensifying its e-mobility advance and confirms plans to transform Mini into a pure electric car label. Besides, the German carmaker showed the series version of the BMW i4 for the first time.
BMW iX: Series design of single tech flagship (gallery)
BMW presents the series design of its concept BMW iNext, which buyers will know as the BMW iX once the all-electric car rolls off the lines next year. And, the design the company put on digital display today is recognisable if not polarising. There is also news on technology.
BMW confirms small series FCEV for 2022
Starting in 2022, BMW will be piloting the second generation of its fuel cell drive in a small series in the BMW i Hydrogen Next based on the current X5. BMW made the announcement when the German Federal Minister of Economic Affairs, Peter Altmaier made a visit to the hydrogen BMW Group competence centre.
Zipse promises continuation of the BMW i3
The new BMW boss Oliver Zipse has decided to continue the production of the electric model i3. After sales director, Pieter Nota had said in September that there were no plans for a successor to the i3, Zipse has now put a stop to rumours of a possible production stop.
BMW is branching out at the IAA
The new BMW boss Oliver Zipse briefly outlined his new drive strategy at the IAA. He avoided making a commitment to battery-electric cars such as VW did and stressed various options. With the ‘i Hydrogen Next’, BMW is also presenting a fuel cell car.
BMW CEO Harald Krüger to retire from board
BMW CEO Harald Krüger has informed the Supervisory Board that he will not be available for a second term of office. The actual renewal of the contract had recently become more and more questionable – likely also because of Krüger’s hesitation regarding electric mobility.
BMW to take over 75 % majority of China-JV BBA
BMW is pushing ahead with its electrical plans in China. First, the carmaker takes over the majority of the joint venture with local car manufacturer Brilliance, second, the joint venture announced that it would invest over 3 bn euros in new and existing plant structures in Shenyang.