BMW reveals electric plans for Frankfurt Motor Show
11 September 2017
Author: Rachel Boagey
The manufacturer will release a fully electric four-door model at the show as part of its electric strategy
Shortly before the opening of the Frankfurt Motor Show this week, BMW has revealed plans to expand its lineup to 25 electrified models, including 12 fully electric drivetrain vehicles, by 2025.
As part of this expansion strategy, the manufacturer will unveil its fully electric four-door model, which is expected to sit in between the i3 and the i8, at the show.
"It is a vision of how we imagine a four-door, fully-electric vehicle between the i3 and i8," says chairman Harald Kruger. "It is a vision we want to realise in the foreseeable future. And a further step in our commitment to sustainable mobility."
The announcement of what BMW is calling its future EV strategy was revealed in a video on the firm's German press site hosted by Kruger, who explained that the release of the new model is a significant milestone in the manufacturer's roadmap for e-mobility.
"Let me make one thing very clear," he said. "In e-mobility, the BMW Group will be the leading provider in the premium segment. By 2025, we will offer 25 electrified vehicles - 12 will be fully electric."
The statement also mentions the concept vehicle for the first series electric Mini, due to be released in 2019, as well as the first BMW core model, the X3, which will be released as a battery electric vehicle (BEV) in 2020.
"Going forward, all fully-electric BMWs will belong to BMW i," said Kruger. "This also applies to the X3. We have also announced the BMW iNEXT - our next innovation spearhead - for 2021," says Kruger.
The manufacturer has also revealed that it will release the concept X7, a large SUV with an electric drivetrain, at the IAA.
"Furthermore, the BMW Concept X7 demonstrates it is perfectly possible to combine a large sports activity vehicle with an electric drivetrain," explains Kruger. "We will be increasing the share of electrified models across all brands and model series. And, yes, that also includes the Rolls-Royce brand and BMW M vehicles."