Having sold a total of 100,000 alternatively-powered cars, BMW is confident its lineup of electrified models has a bright future up ahead.
BMW i was introduced in November 2013 and it has been a success for the company, with combined sales of the i3 and i8 now standing at more than 70,000 cars. The former is by far the more popular of the two, accounting for more than 60,000 units and with more than 80 percent of the sales represented by customers new to the BMW brand.
As far as the plug-in hybrid sports car is concerned, it has been sold in over 10,000 examples since its introduction back in mid-2014. In total, BMW has managed to deliver 100,000 electrified cars if we take into account all of the other plug-in hybrids sold under the label “BMW iPerformance,” such as the 330e and the X5 xDrive40e models, for example.
BMW has reiterated its plans to expand the “i” family of green cars with the addition of an i8 Roadster slated to hit the streets at some point in 2018. The car was actually previewed back in 2012 by the i8 Spyder concept and also at the beginning of this year during CES where BMW brought the i Vision Future Interaction concept pictured here.
A pure electric Mini is scheduled to see the light of production day in 2019 and it will be followed a year later by a zero-emissions X3. In 2021, BMW will roll out a large all-electric flagship dubbed “i Next” with autonomous driving capabilities.
As a reminder, the latest eco-friendly BMW-badged model is the all-new 530e, which promises to cover 45 kilometers (28 miles) on electric power and consume 2 liters / 100 km (117.6 mpg US or 141.2 mpg UK) as a hybrid. On the Mini side, the second-generation Countryman has spawned a plug-in hybrid derivative, making it the very first PHEV in the brand’s history. It has enough battery juice for 38 km (24 miles) and sips just 2.1 liters / 100 km (112 mpg US or 134.5 mpg UK).