BMW is planning to expand its eDrive lineup by 2020, with other cars within the group to share the same faith. We might be looking here at future BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce models to receive the company`s latest hybrid technology, which will prove more fuel-efficient.
Starting with this year, BMW will complete its portfolio with brand new eDrive plug-in hybrids, which includes the future 225xe Active Tourer, the 330e, X5 xDrive40e or the 7-Series 740Le version. The hybridization process will also include the all-new G30 5-Series or G01 X3.
Richard Steineberg, representative at BMW`s electrification program in North America, has been recently interviewed by PostBulletin, stating:
“Our cadence will be about one (plug-in variant) per quarter. Proud i3 owners can go full electric in all vehicle classes.”
Apart BMW, MINI And Rolls-Royce will also get their fair share of the e- market, the manufacturers within the BMW Group borrowing the hybrid technology already developed on BMW models.
This means that the costs will be as low as possible, all models being already fitted with the appropriate architecture to support the new hybrid powertrains, along with the up-to-date lithium-ion battery packs that would become more and more efficient.
On the other hand, the competition is also on full throttle, with Mercedes-Benz to develop ten plug-in hybrids in the United States by 2017, while Hyundai or Nissan are already developing two plug-in hybrids.