BMW Is Going Offensively Electric

The BMW Vision Next 100 Concept. Image: BMW
The BMW Vision Next 100 Concept. Image: BMW

BMW, constantly looking toward the future, said Thursday that it will have 12 fully-electric vehicles ready by 2025, in addition to 13 hybrids. One of those we’re expected to see unveiled at the 2017 International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany, next week. The future is coming!

From Automotive News:

The four-door model, a low-slung sedan, was kept under wraps as BMW showed journalists around its Munich design headquarters on Thursday. It is set to go on sale by 2021. BMW declined to specify its name.

“We will be increasing the share of electrified models across all brands and model series. And, yes, that also includes the Rolls-Royce brand and BMW M vehicles,” [BMW CEO Harald] Krueger said.

BMW is investing in its factories to enable all of its models to be equipped with all variants of powertrain by 2020, including fully electric variants, should demand for zero-emission vehicles take off.

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It is my belief that demand for zero-emission vehicles might soon “take off,” but that’s just one humble blogger’s opinion. At any rate, BMW also says that by 2020, every vehicle in its lineup will have an electrified option available, with the fully-electric vehicles appearing under the companies i subbrand.

Sniff the sweet smell of gasoline while you can.

News Editor at Jalopnik. 2008 Honda Fit Sport.

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Ignoring the fact that major metropolitan areas will significantly cut down things like asthma and other emissions-related illnesses, and that we’ll reduce the need to go in and invade countries for their oil (although one can imagine a future where we’re invading for their lithium), and that there are some genuinely serious security concerns to consider, I feel that people are missing a HUGE point.

We will be, in short order, able to modify (read: reprogram) our cars in ways enthusiasts of the 50s could never have even imagined. As an engineer, this is like being given a builder set as a kid - it’s a goddamned magical fairyland where I can do pretty much anything I want, and all it takes is knowing how to code.

Let’s say it’s 2050, and electric vehicles have been mainstreamed for say 20 years. You could get an “old” 2030 model and, with minor reprogramming, make it 5x as powerful pretty much instantly (yes, reliability, but we’re talking about tweaking appliances here, so how gives a stuff). It’ll be a tuner’s paradise, dirt cheap, and will create god-knows-what types of enthusiast offshoots.