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8th May 2017, Germany

BMW’s iNEXT for 2021

BMW will begin producing the BMW iNEXT fully-electric car at its plant in Dingolfing, Germany, in 2021.

It’s not year clear, however, how much the new car will be based on carbon fibre composites, since their intensive use has pushed up the prices of the current i3 and i8 models. These haven’t sold as well as was hoped at the start of BMW’s hugely-ambitious i programme – which included building one of the world’s most modern and largest carbon manufacturing plants with SGL at Moses Lake, in the USA from scratch.

BMW management meet workers at the Dingolfing site. © BMW Group

At nine locations around the world, the company already produces nine electrified models, including eight plug-in hybrids. The all-electric i3, which is manufactured at BMW’s plant in Leipzig, will be joined by the first fully electric Mini in 2019, a fully electric X3 in 2020 and the iNEXT from 2021. The Dingolfing plant already produces components such as high-voltage batteries and electric engines for these vehicles.

BMW is the now world’s third-largest manufacturer of electric vehicles and delivered over 62,000 to customers last year, including more than 25,500 fully electric i3s. With 2,864 new vehicle registrations in 2016 (+ 26%), the all-electric i3 was the most successful electric vehicle in Germany.

In the first quarter of 2017, the company delivered almost 20,000 electrified models to customers around the world. The aim is to sell a total of 100,000 electrified vehicles worldwide this year.

By 2025, the BMW Group expects electrified vehicles to account for between 15-25% of sales. With its high level of flexibility, the company’s production systems can respond quickly to changing market demands and will be able to integrate different drive forms directly into ongoing production as required.

BMW has invested a total of more than €100 million in electro-mobility at the Dingolfing site to date.

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