The BMW Group recently concluded its Electric Days press conference, which talks about its current electrification strategies. The group–which consists of BMW, Rolls-Royce, and Mini, has said that despite their increased development in electrified vehicles (xEVs)–internal combustion engines (ICE) will remain part of the company’s portfolio in the coming years.
Speaking with Wieland Brúch, Spokesperson BMW i and Electromobility, an efficient internal combustion engine is part of what they call the “Power of Choice.” This is the group’s multi-solution approach in providing various environmental and mobility needs. Since there are customers around the world who still do not have access to any public charging points, a car with an efficient ICE is still the optimal choice for them.
From the perspective of us driving enthusiasts, the BMW Group’s commitment to the ICE means that the brand’s iconic inline-6 gasoline and diesel engines, along with the smaller displacement engines will continue to be improved to comply with stricter emission regulations. However, with the group’s commitment to climate protection and the Paris Protocol, the number of pure ICEs that the company will offer will slowly be reduced. This brings to mind the future of large displacement engines such as the 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 found in the BMW M760Li xDrive and various Rolls-Royce vehicles.
The European Union (EU) has set a target that by 2021, with the phase-in period being in 2020, the EU fleet-wide average emission target for new cars shall be at 95 g CO2/km. As a way to meet that target, the group will be releasing a host of xEVs, two of which are fully electric vehicles (EV) by 2021. This includes the BMW i4 electric four-door coupe and iNext electric SUV. The fully-electric BMW iX3 is also the first vehicle to complete the BMW Group’s Power of Choice concept as it now has a long-range full electric vehicle that’s fit for everyday use.
The BMW Group is aiming 1 million xEVs on the road by 2021. By 2023, the group will have a total of 25 xEVs, half of which are full EVs. And then by 2025, EVs and PHEVs will account for 15 to 25 percent of the brand’s sales.
Internal combustion engines remain part of the BMW Group’s powertrain portfolio, but are you aware that the BMW Group is not interested in developing a “self-charging hybrid?” This marketing term has been popularized by Toyota and Lexus for its non-plug-in hybrids with their much smaller batteries. That’s a topic worthy of an upcoming article we’ve prepared.