The BMW Group embodies an electrifying dimension of ground-breaking driving pleasure. With its fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology, the company shows how electromobility has become a fascinating part of everyday life: locally emission-free, with dynamic, virtually silent power development and optimised long-distance capabilities. The new, highly-integrated electric powertrain combines an electric engine, power electronics and transmission in one compact housing – which means it can be flexibly integrated into different vehicle architectures. In this way, the BMW Group can systematically implement a “Power of Choice” approach that meets different customer demands around the world. In 2020, the BMW X3 became the first model to offer a choice between highly efficient petrol and diesel engines, a plug-in hybrid system and, in the BMW iX3, a pure electric drive train with fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology.
The BMW Group already has more than 600,000 vehicles with electrified drive trains on roads around the world – with more joining them every day. The BMW Group has been a pioneer in alternative drive technologies for years. In addition to the BMW i3 and the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car, both introduced in 2013, the latest models with electrified drive trains, like the pure electric MINI Cooper SE, the BMW iX3, 17 plug-in hybrid models, the BMW iX and BMW i4, all provide a unique combination of sustainability and driving pleasure.
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The BMW Group also relies on the company’s existing expertise and in-house capacity for production of BMW eDrive technology. The company produces electrified vehicles at 13 locations worldwide (as of March 2021). Electric engines and high-voltage batteries are manufactured at five different locations in the BMW Group’s international production network.Learn more about production
The BMW Group’s strategy for sustainable mobility goes far beyond locally emission-free driving. The environmental balance of every vehicle is analysed in its entirety and optimised: from selection of materials to production, throughout its service life, to recyclability. To conserve resources and reduce CO2 emissions, production uses electricity exclusively obtained from renewable energy sources like wind and hydroelectric power.To technology overview
Ecological and social responsibility throughout the value chain are embedded in the BMW Group strategy. For this reason, the BMW Group is sourcing the cobalt needed to produce high-voltage batteries directly from highly industrialised mining companies, monitoring observance of social and environmental standards, and supplying the raw material to battery cell producers. Rare earths will also no longer be used in BMW drive trains from 2021.Learn more about sustainability
Charging infrastructure is steadily expanding and charging times getting shorter, with efficient wallboxes in homes and underground garages, high-power charging stations along motorways, and public charging posts in city centres and residential areas. Drivers who want to use electric power alone on longer trips can often charge their vehicle for the next leg in the time it takes for a coffee break. BMW Charging already shows how intelligent charging works – with full control over costs, easy handling and all services delivered by one provider.Learn more about charging
The BMW Group’s digital eDrive Zones service provides another important boost for electromobility in urban settings. As soon as a BMW plug-in hybrid with the activated BMW eDrive Zone function enters a designated inner-city area, the vehicle automatically switches to pure electric operating mode. This BMW Group service – the only one of its kind worldwide – is already increasing the percentage of pure electric driving and helping improve air quality in more than 90 European cities. The driver also benefits directly from lower fuel costs and unrestricted access to green zones in cities.Learn more about eDrive Zones