Car fans, here’s shocking news for you. It was announced earlier on Monday that BMW is developing an all-electric version of its 5 Series and 7 Series sedans as well as its entry-level X1 SUV. This is part of the company’s effort to reduce its overall emissions.
What does that mean? Well it means almost every German luxury automaker’s most popular cars will soon have all-electric variants. One fully electric version of the BMW 3 Series has been spotted in testing camouflage and the i4 is joining the 4 Series lineup soon.
The company revealed the iX3 production earlier this month, the all-electric version of its top-selling X3 SUV. BMW also teased the iNext SUV which looks similar to the slightly larger X5.
Other than the all electric cars, BMW will still continue on the gas-powered, mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid options while trying to reduce the average amount of CO2 the vehicles produce. In 10 years, 7 million electrified BMW Group vehicles are estimated to be on the road with 4.6 million of them being all-electric.
Not only is the company striving to create the “most sustainable supply chain industry wide” for its electric vehicles, they’re also working on getting its new battery supplier to agree to only using “100 percent green power.”
Chairman Oliver Zipse said that the company has developed a “detailed ten-year plan with annual interim targets for the period up to 2030” and that BMW “will report on our progress each year and measure ourselves against those targets.”
“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,” Zipse said in a statement.