With more than 140,000 electrified vehicles sold globally in 2018, which includes both all-electric and plug-in hybrids, BMW has solidified its position as the class leader in electric mobility. This strong 2018 performance now accounts for 6% of total BMW and MINI sales in 2018, with Europe serving as its most enthusiastic market. It represents 50% of electric sales, with 75,000 electric vehicles sold in European markets in 2018.

“Since launching the BMW i3 in 2013, the BMW Group has rapidly grown its sales of electrified vehicles,” said Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. “This great sales result and our impressive market share proves our vehicles are what the customer wants.

This positive trend looks set to continue. By the end of 2019, BMW expects to have more than half a million electrified vehicles on the roads, and by 2025, with at least 25 electrified models in the range.

The BMW i3

What happened in 2018?

Some of the key achievements and developments from 2018 include a joint venture with Chinese manufacturer Great Wall, which will open exciting possibilities with regards to research and development; the launch of the BMW i8, which stands as the world’s best-selling plug-in hybrid sports car; and the global previews of the BMW Concept iX3 and BMW Vision iNEXT. Furthermore, 2018 saw the release of the latest BMW eDrive technology, which is now found in the new BMW i3 (120Ah) and the BMW i3s (120Ah).

BMW Vision iNEXT

What to expect in 2019.

There are plenty of exciting developments in the pipeline for BMW’s electric range in 2019. Some of the major talking points will be around the launch of the new generation BMW X5 plug-in hybrid and the new BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid. These models will have the latest generation of electric drive trains, offering an impressive electric range.

Learn more about BMW i or book a test drive today.

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