As BMW technicians, let us tell you how impressed we are with BMW’s commitment to the environment. The car company seems to be rolling new electric cars onto their showroom floor every day. We certainly repair a lot of BMWs at our auto repair shop in Cincinnati — and we can certainly attest that more and more of them are electric models.
So it shouldn’t be all that surprising when BMW announces it’s developing an all-electric version of its 5 Series and 7 Series sedans as well as its entry-level X1 SUV. It’s the latest move in the company’s strategy to reduce global emissions, something we can all aspire to.
New Electric BMW Coming to a Garage Near You
This is good news for BMW fans (we certainly welcome it at our automobile repair shop). It means BMW’s most popular cars will soon all have electric options.
“A fully electric version of the 3 Series, BMW’s most popular car in the US, has already been spotted in testing camouflage, and the forthcoming BMW i4 is expected to slot into the 4 Series lineup. Earlier this month, the company revealed the production iX3, the all-electric version of its top-selling X3 SUV. BMW has also teased the iNext SUV, which appears similar to the slightly larger X5.”
Not that the company has gone full electric just yet. BMW will continue to make gas powered, mild hybrid, and plug-in hybrid options. But the car manufacturer hopes to slash the global emissions of its vehicles by a third over the next decade. If all goes well, there will be more than 7 million “electrified” BMW Group vehicles (including ones from subsidiaries like Mini) on the road, with about 4.6 million of those being all-electric. (The company currently sells around 2.5 million vehicles per year.)
New Battery Deal Signed
That will make BMW the “most sustainable supply chain industry wide” for its electric vehicles, according to the company’s own claims. The company recently signed a $2.3 battery cell deal with Northvolt to power its electric cars. Northvolt has reportedly agreed to using “100 percent green power.”
“Northvolt is the third battery cell supplier we have partnered with, alongside our existing partners, CATL and Samsung SDI,” Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network, said in a statement. “Signing this contract is another step towards meeting our growing need for battery cells in the long term. We are systematically driving electrification of our vehicle fleet. By 2023, we aim to have 25 electrified models on the roads – more than half of them fully-electric.”
A Better Day for Climate Change
One thing is for certain: BMW is committed to fighting climate change in a meaningful way that could very well transform the car industry for the better.
“I firmly believe the fight against climate change and how we use resources will decide the future of our society — and of the BMW Group. As a premium car company, it is our ambition to lead the way in sustainability. That is why we are taking responsibility here and now and making these issues central to our future strategic direction,” BMW Chairman Oliver Zipse said in a statement. “This new strategic direction will be anchored in all divisions – from administration and purchasing to development and production, all the way to sales. We are taking sustainability to the next level.”
We’ll keep repairing BMWs because we love them. We love repairing cars, but we’re particularly enthusiastic when it comes to BMWs. Our technicians couldn’t be more thrilled that such a reputable car company is committed to helping to save the environment. It’s something we can all aspire to.