BMW has announced that it sold more than 500,000 electrified vehicles worldwide in 2019 and by the end of 2021, this figure is likely to rise to over 1 million.
By 2030, BMW expects to sell 7 million electrified vehicles, two thirds of which will be all-electric variants. Vehicles with plug-in hybrid or fully electric powertrains comprise 13.3% of new BMW/MINI registrations in Europe, compared to the average share of all brands, which is around 8%. The company expects this figure to rise to a 25% by 2021, and to 50% by 2030.
Vehicles carrying that level of electrification represented about 3.7% of BMW US registrations, compared to about 5% of all OEMs’ registrations combined, according to other statistics shared by BMW.
BMW had a 2.2% share of all US electric vehicle registrations, compared to its 3% share of the internal combustion engine market. The news release provides further evidence that repairers throughout this decade will potentially see many more hybrids, plug-in hybrids and fully electric vehicles from the automotive industry. This could demand new safety equipment and training as well as pose new considerations for repair procedures.
BMW said it is “following the ‘power of choice’ approach in order to take account of customer needs and legal requirements on the global automotive markets.” It mentioned the X3, BMW’s first model available either with highly efficient petrol and diesel engines including 48-volt mild hybrid technology, with a plug-in hybrid drive system or all-electric drive system.
Repairers may notice new aerodynamic elements not found on the petrol-powered X3.
“The underbody of the new BMW iX3 is largely enclosed, with the help of precisely sculpted panelling and air deflectors, due to the positioning of the high-voltage battery housing. Measures including airflow-optimised stiffening ribs, carefully channelled airflow around the front wheels and a rear axle cover enhance aerodynamics. A special cover for the rear struts optimises airflow to the rear diffuser. The all-electric (and therefore exhaust-system-free) drive concept enables a smooth and sealed surface design for the underbody and rear apron, which also has a positive effect on aerodynamics.”
BMW said it would use a single production line for both electrified and internal combustion engine powertrains. “The next generation of luxury sedans of the BMW 7 Series will be offered also as a purely electric model variant, and the high-volume series BMW 5 and BMW X1 will be brought to market not only with conventional internal combustion engines and plug-in hybrid systems, but also with all-electric drive units.”