One by one, automakers are introducing their plans for the future. Interestingly, they all have one theme in common – going green and reducing emissions. Like many others, BMW is doing the same. The German marque recently announced their plans for a more sustainable future, and they want to cut over 200 million metric tons of CO2 emissions by 2030.
It's an ambitious plan but BMW already has everything lined up to achieve their goal. For starters, they plan to reduce a vehicle's carbon footprint throughout its lifecycle. This means everything from raw material extraction, production and use phase, and until end-of-life recycling. With that, expect future BMW models to use more recycled materials, including steel, plastics, and aluminum.
“A climate-friendly car is not created solely by using green power. We must design our vehicles for sustainability from the very first day of development: reducing the amount of material used to manufacture them and, above all, planning for reuse and recycling from the very beginning,” said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG.
But the bigger driver for their push to reduce CO2 emissions is by selling more electric vehicles. The automaker expects 50% of all sales by 2030 to be comprised of fully electric vehicles; yes, they're not talking about hybrids or PHEVs but battery electric vehicles. We've already seen a few EVs from BMW including the i3 and the upcoming i4 and iX but these will be followed by a fully electric version of the 5 Series, the X1, and the 7-Series in the future. So yes, nearly all BMW models will be offered with a fully-electric variant, and yes that includes the high-performance M models.
Excited about BMW's future? We are.