Automakers are transforming their lineups as they push to launch full-electric and plug-in hybrid cars in the next few years. Below is a list of what to expect from some leading brands.
BMW expects annual sales of 500,00 electrified cars by the end of 2019, up from about 200,000 last year. BMW brand’s first, full-electric car, the i3 city hatchback launched in 2013, has been a financial flop, largely because its lightweight carbon fiber body means it has a high purchase price. BMW is cutting costs to build electrified cars by building internal combustion cars, hybrids and battery powered cars on the same production lines. “In the future, every BMW Group plant in Europe will be equipped to produce electrified as well as conventional vehicles,” production chief Oliver Zipse said on July 31. This will help ensure that plants are not underutilized.
Next year, BMW will expand its full-electric lineup beyond the i3 with the iX3 SUV, which will be built in China for global markets. BMW will start making the i4 four-door midsize fastback EV in Munich in 2021, which is the same year it will debut its EV flagship, the iNEXT SUV.