BMW announced on Friday that it would stop manufacturing internal combustion engines at its Munich plant by 2024, a further step towards the move towards electric. This is not the end of new production of internal combustion engines for BMW, but it looks like the beginning of the end.
The ICE engines currently manufactured in Munich will be produced at BMW factories in Austria and the UK in the future, said production manager Milan Nedeljkovic, although cars using these engines are still assembled at the factory. from Munich.
Yet by 2023 at least half of the vehicles produced in Munich would be electrified – either battery-electric or plug-in hybrid, the company said.
BMW has set a target for at least 50% of global new car sales to be electric by 2030, and CEO Oliver Zipse told a conference last week that the company would be ready with an all-round offer. electric if a market banned ICEs by then. .
BMW’s next big electric vehicle offering – in America at least – is the iX, which is set to compete with Tesla Model X and which is really very good and, at $ 83,200, is significantly cheaper than the $ 99,990 Model X. There’s also the i4, which appears to be a Model 3 competitor, or maybe a Model Y competitor if you want to be generous, and starts at $ 56,395. The i4 will also be the first fully electric BMW M car.
Europe, meanwhile, still gets the i3, which is no longer offered in the US, probably because it’s a small electric car that was also very expensive, a particularly bad combination for the US market, even if the i3 was good for what it was. Of two all-electric BMWs coming to the US, the iX seems to have the best shot, a car for people who live in the northeast offended by Tesla and Elon Musk’s new money vibe. I look forward to seeing a bunch of them in Maine in a few years.