Frankfurt, Germany (AP) – German carmaker BMW announced on Wednesday that it intends to accelerate the spread of new electric cars, promising to increase battery-powered models to 50% of world sales by 2030. The company emphasized this point by launching a new all-electric model three months ahead of schedule.
However, BMW refused to follow General Motors and other automakers, saying that it would completely stop internal combustion engines by a certain date. Instead, the Munich-based automaker has announced that it will regulate production of batteries, hybrid and efficient internal combustion engines, as zero-emission vehicles are adopted at different speeds around the world.
The company’s general manager Oliver ip ips said at the company’s annual press conference that the electrification is going “at a faster speed”. He said BMW would sell millions of its electrified cars this year, and sell another one million by 2025.
Zipse noted that the company is working on a new, fully electric circuit for its range of electric vehicles starting in 2025.
BMW used the opportunity to discover the i4, a battery-powered car with four doors and a sloping roof, called the “Grand Coupe” by the company. The car will be connected to the three existing electricians – i3, Mini SE և iX3 sports programs, և the fifth – iX, is also planned to be released this year.
The IP warned that the speed of adoption “would depend on the availability of charging infrastructure”, and called for faster progress on charging sites in Europe.
GM has said it plans to phase out petrol and diesel vehicles by 2035. BMW Development Director Frank Weber told a news conference that the market will decide when the new technology will be introduced.
While government regulations force automakers to sell more electricity in the European Union and China, adoption in the United States is slower. BMW expects some parts of the United States to continue to prefer internal combustion engines for some time.
The European Union demands that car manufacturers meet the low average emissions of carbon dioxide. The main greenhouse gas that scientists blame for global warming. The new lower limit of 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer came into force at the beginning of the year.
Because only battery-powered cars are rated as zero emissions, automakers have turned to them to lower the average level of their fleet. This led to an increase in electricity sales at the end of 2020. Almost one in four cars sold in Europe in December was either just a battery or a plug-in hybrid. Hybrids combine internal combustion engines with battery power.
BMW also made it possible to build machines to use hydrogen fuel cells instead of batteries.
BMW has also stated that it has no plans to pursue the construction of Volkswagen Battery Network, but instead intends to work closely with partners to supply the batteries they need.
Batteries are currently dominated by half a dozen major Asian manufacturers. European officials are trying to boost local production with subsidies and incentives.
Volkswagen announced on Monday that it will build a network of six large battery plants in Europe, based on its two facilities in Germany and Sweden.