With BMW planning to release 40 new models by 2020, they have also announced that 25 electric models will be included in the lineup by 2025. Out of the 25 electric models, 12 of those vehicles will be fully electric, and at least one of the 25 will be an M model.
“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. Furthermore, we are currently gearing all BMW Group plants towards e-mobility. In the future, we will be able to equip all our models with every drivetrain,” said Harald Krüger, BMW Chairman.
Prior to the official announcement, there have already been prior speculations about an electrified M-model and the fully-electric direction Rolls-Royce is going for. Though both are still likely a few years off, the confirmation shows that BMW Group will continue its expansion into a more sustainable future, which includes both their performance models and ultimate luxury line
As of the moment, BMW currently offers ten electrified vehicles. At the upcoming Frankfurt International Motor Show, BMW will likely be introducing the fully-electric i5 concept sedan to slot in between the i8 and i3, along with the earlier previewed electric Mini.
Soon after, BMW says that the X3 will be the first core model to be introduced as a battery electric vehicle (BEV). Other BMW core models are expected to follow which includes the M-models.