With 2017 coming to a close, BMW Group brand BMW i has cemented its place among the global leaders in electric mobility.
For the first time, more than 100,000 BMW i, BMW iPerformance and MINI vehicles with fully electric or plug-in hybrid drive systems have been delivered to customers within a year.
BMW i model line-up updated and expanded
Spearheading this success in the electric mobility arena are the BMW i3 (electric power consumption combined: 13.6 – 13.1 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km) and newly unveiled, even more powerful BMW i3s (electric power consumption combined 1: 14.3 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km). In the four years since its market launch, the BMW i3 has already become the highest-selling electric vehicle in the premium compact segment.
The BMW i brand has now secured the naming rights from BMW i1 to i9 and BMW iX1 to iX9. The BMW i8 Roadster will go on sale next year, followed by the battery-electric MINI in 2019, the electric version of the BMW X3 in 2020 and the BMW iNEXT in 2021. The BMW iNEXT’s role as a technology spearhead will see it bringing electric mobility together with autonomous driving and new in-car connectivity possibilities in a series-produced model for the first time.
The BMW i Vision Dynamics study – a four-door gran coupe with pure-electric drive system and planned range of 600 kilometres (373 miles) presented at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) – offers another glimpse into the future of the BMW i brand.
BMW i: a leading electric mobility system supplier
Above and beyond its line-up of electrified vehicles, BMW i – as a hub within the BMW Group – is also pushing ahead with other areas of electric mobilisation as part of its ongoing commitment to the field:
BMW i was presented with the UN’s Momentum for Change award for global involvement in charging infrastructure projects and has since remained one of the leading initiators of electric mobility projects worldwide.
BMW Energy Services now operates as a standalone business unit and pools together the energy optimisation experience of BMW i. Coupling electric mobility with the energy sector is another of its main fields of activity and will help to make electric mobility emission-free (not only locally).
BMW i is a driver of innovation for the BMW Group
The development expertise built up by BMW i and the resultant transfer of technology are not limited to electric motors and high-voltage battery technology:
– The focal points identified by BMW i in everything from the use of renewable raw materials and recycled materials to the evaluation of river and sea plastic exert a significant influence on development activities across the company.
BMW i racks up more awards
Further additions have been made to the list of distinctions collected by the brand, its products and services. Even four years ago, while still in its launch phase, BMW i won more awards than any other brand in automotive history. In 2017 alone it added the following titles to its collection: