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BMW Wants Half of Global Sales to Be Electric by 2030

The electric vehicle revolution is raging, and automakers are making impressive strides toward an all-electric era. The BMW Group is in the thick of it. Currently, the most recent plans are to electrify half of the new fleet by 2030.

BMW Electric Vehicles by 2030

In a recent press release to report on the company’s global sales, the company revealed its plans to make its global sales for EVs 50% by 2030. In the first phase of implementing this plan, BMW will deliver to the market over two million EVs by 2025. Existing EVs, like the BMW i4 and iX, will form a significant portion of these vehicles in addition to new models like the Mini Countryman EV and the BMW i7, i5, and iX1.

Reasons for Shifting to EVS

Regarding internal combustion vehicles, BMW plans to produce what customers demand. However, the majority of these gas-powered cars won’t still be in production by 2025.

The shift to EVs is driven by the goal of reducing the CO2 footprint by manufacturing vehicles that use green energy. EV battery manufacturers will play a crucial role by improving cell chemistry and energy storage systems. On its part, BMW will promote the use of recycled materials to manufacture their EVs in a move to combat the harmful effects of greenhouse gas emissions. The company is embracing a “secondary first” policy meaning recycled materials will be used wherever possible.

BMW’s Future Plans

According to the company’s chief executive officer (CEO), Oliver Zipse, BMW may accelerate its shift to all-electric vehicles faster than planned in response to customer demands. The company hasn’t sent a specific date to end production of internal combustion engine vehicles.

BMWs global sales in the first half of 2022 were 75,891 fully electric MINI and BMW vehicles. These figures are double the company’s all-electric sales in the same period last year.   This impressive growth emphasizes the rise in demand for the company’s pure electric new cars and the need to focus on electromobility to attain BMW’s  50% all-electric vehicles by 2030

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The 2023 BMW X1 and iX1

BMW has been busy, and just a few weeks ago, the 2023 third-generation BMW X1, the X1 30e, and the completely new iX1, an all-electric SUV, made a splash with their hot web debut. While the iX1 is only available in Europe at the moment, it will likely hit US roads later in 2023.

A Quick Look at the X1 x Drive 28i

At the moment, the xDrive 28i is the only model you can get in the United States. It is a small subcompact that was designed to compete against the likes of Volvo XC40, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, and Lexus UX. This, though, is a totally redesigned model that has adopted a more stable exterior, extra refinements in the interior, and an updated powertrain. The hottest new features include:

  • Modified exterior design
  • Slightly wider and taller body with an elongated wheelbase
  • All-wheel drive as standard
  • 7-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Revised interior design with the new BMW Curved Display
  • Addition of the Driving Assistant Professional

Maybe the most interesting feature of this one is the fact that it’s offered in at least a dozen exterior colors. While most – Cape York Green, Space Silver, and Blue Bay Lagoon – have been around for decades, there are two brand new colors to consider – Frozen Pure Grey and Utah Orange. A metallic finish is also available. 

It runs on a 4-cylinder 2-liter engine that generates 204 hp. With its 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, the x1 xDrive can go from 0-60 mph in just 6.2 seconds. Many options have now become standard in this model including the Curved Display which comprises the central infotainment system and a digital instrument cluster that has been combined into one large unit. The infotainment system also has an enhanced voice-activated personal assistant. Both android auto and Apple Carplay are standard.

The 2023 BMW X1 will cost around $39,595.

The X1 30e and the iX1

Even though the X1, the X1 30e, and iX1 have distinct powertrains, all the models are similar with only a few minor subtle differences. The iX1 is a fully electric SUV that has a range of 438 kilometers whereas the X1 is a 30e plug-in hybrid with a range of 89 kilometers. 

The BMW X1 x Drive 30e has a 3-cylinder turbocharged gas engine and an electric motor, which can deliver a combined hp of 326 HP. When it arrives in the US, it will only be available in one trim. 

The iX1 offers zero emissions, and it looks just slightly different from the X1. It has a modified front end, thanks to the fact that it’s an EV. You might notice blue accents across the course of the car, but on the whole, it matches the overall design of the X1.

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