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KEITH CRAIN

BMW knows what it doesn't know

BMW is planning combustion, hybrid and electric versions of its key nameplates and will make them all capable of rolling off the same assembly line. BMW is smart enough to admit that it does not know, and so it is trying to maintain its flexibility.

KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN

The transition to electric is inevitable. Let's begin it.

Old-fashioned gasoline-powered vehicles commanded somewhere north of 95 percent of the U.S. vehicle market last year. But Americans don't love the internal combustion engine any more than an Iowa cow loves to eat corn.

KEITH CRAIN

The cost of 'out with the old'

In heavy manufacturing, you don't just dump all those machines and foundries and everything associated with an engine program. So what happens to all that money invested in internal combustion engines?

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