Electric mobility is among the major topics driving the ongoing transformation in the automotive industry. The BMW Group is systematically continuing to electrify its model range as a key component of its product strategy. Our electrified vehicles are playing a major role in reducing fleet emissions and thus achieving our ambitious strategic carbon reduction targets.
Driving electric mobility forward.
With our constantly expanding range of all-electric, battery-powered vehicles (BEV 2) and plug-in hybrid models (PHEV 3), we are serving a rapidly growing demand. In 2022, the BMW Group delivered a total of 433,792 4 units to customers, i.e. significantly more electrified vehicles than in the previous year (2021: 328,314 4 units; + 32.1 %). On this basis, the share of electrified vehicles had also increased significantly to 18.1 % by the end of the year under report (2021: 13.0 %). To date, the BMW Group has therefore handed over a total of more than 1.4 million vehicles with either all-electric or plug-in hybrid drive systems to customers.
The share of electrified vehicles in total deliveries might exceed 30 % by as early as 2025. In our view, the NEUE KLASSE has the potential to additionally accelerate the market penetration of electric mobility, and thus a 50 % share of all-electric vehicles in the BMW Group’s global unit sales could be achieved even earlier than 2030. Under these conditions, the BMW Group aims to surpass the mark of ten million all-electric vehicles delivered to customers in total by 2030. This positive expectation for future sales will also play a key role in the review of our carbon emissions reduction targets scheduled to take place in 2023.
Both the MINI and the Rolls-Royce brands are also firmly on track towards an electrified future. Based on their respective typical user profiles, the model ranges of the two brands are set to be exclusively all-electric by the early 2030s.
Thinking holistically about electric mobility.
The BMW Group’s electrified vehicles are characterised by high efficiency and thus low consumption when driving. However, the BMW Group has greater aspirations: its vehicles need to be as eco-friendly as possible, not only during their locally carbon-free use phase, but also in terms of their overall footprint, including the supply chain and production. CO2 steering With battery-powered automobiles in particular, the environmental impacts are predominantly in the upstream value chain, where the purchase of raw materials to make battery cells and the carbon-intensive production of batteries have a significant impact.
The BMW Group therefore attributes great importance to including environmental and social aspects when producing components such as electric motors, high-voltage storage units and battery cells. Carbon emissions in the supply chain Social and ecological responsibility Other approaches to mitigating the environmental impacts include recycling and reusing high-voltage storage units from our BEV and PHEV models. The BMW Group already offers all customers who purchase its battery-powered vehicles the opportunity to take back their high-voltage batteries free of charge.
Model range consistently focused on customer needs.
The BMW Group’s product range not only serves the growing demand for electrified models, but also reflects varying framework conditions and customer needs in its individual markets. Our customers can therefore continue to choose between all-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and efficient internal combustion engines. We make this customer-oriented offering possible by means of our flexible production systems and the scalable modular system of our vehicles. The diversity of the range is embodied in particular by the BMW X1, BMW X3, BMW 3 and 4 Series and BMW 7 Series models, each of which is available with all three types of drivetrain. This will also apply to the BMW 5 Series as of 2023.
At the end of the reporting period, the BMW Group had a total of 12 BEV motor variants in eight different models available to order. New additions include the BMW i7, the BMW iX and the extended-wheelbase version of the BMW 3 Series for the Chinese market, deliveries of which began in 2022. The existing, all-electric product portfolio will be expanded to include the BMW iX3, BMW i4, BMW iX and the MINI Cooper SE. The inclusion of these variants in the range means that at least one all-electric model will be available in each of the high-yield model series. Over the next two years, vehicles such as the BMW i5 and the all-electric variant of the MINI Countryman are set to follow. As of 2025, the Group will take its core BMW brand into a new, consistently all-electric dimension with the NEUE KLASSE.
Moreover, in the course of 2022, the BMW Group either launched or revised seven different PHEV engine variants. At the end of 2022, a total of 19 PHEV engine variants in a total of 13 models were available to order worldwide. With offers such as the BMW eDrive Zone, attractive electricity tariffs for driving, charging equipment and increased ranges, we are helping drivers of plug-in hybrids to drive electrically as frequently and over as long a distance as possible. For instance, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Plug-in Hybrid from the compact segment can cover up to 93 kilometres (WLTP) solely on battery power.
Increasing range in line with customer needs.
The BMW Group assesses the increase in the electric ranges of its vehicles from various points of view. Basically, we are not aiming to achieve the greatest technically possible range across all vehicle segments, but see it as important to optimally adapt ranges to the intended use of the respective vehicle. At the same time, we also take into account the environmental impact, as greater range also means deploying larger and therefore heavier high-voltage batteries. This relationship has a direct effect on resource consumption, the environmental footprint of the supply chain and, of course, vehicle weight, which in turn has a significant impact on electricity consumption.
With these points in mind, the MINI Cooper SE has a range of more than 200 kilometres (WLTP), which is fully in line with customer requirements for urban areas. On the other hand, the BMW iX, the BMW i4 and the BMW i7 are designed to cover long distances of around 600 kilometres (WLTP) on one charge.
Advancing hydrogen technology.
Customer-oriented technological diversity also includes the further development of fuel cell technology. Depending on the segment, we see hydrogen-powered electric vehicles as an important complement to electric mobility with batteries and thus as an opportunity to reduce carbon emissions even more quickly. Following the presentation of the first BMW iX5 Hydrogen at the IAA Mobility in 2021, at the end of August 2022 we began producing fuel cells for a pilot fleet of these vehicles. In December, this was followed by the start of production of these vehicles at the pilot plant of the Research and Innovation Centre in Munich.
We are also driving hydrogen technology forward at a higher level and thus are involved in global organisations and associations such as the Hydrogen Council. As an associated partner of H2 Mobility Deutschland GmbH, the BMW Group is supporting the development of hydrogen infrastructure in Germany. In this context, the BMW Group welcomes the requirement under the EU’s Fit for 55 legislative package to establish a basic infrastructure of 700-bar hydrogen filling stations.
Expanding charging infrastructure and enabling faster charging.
An expanded, customer-friendly charging infrastructure will pave the way for the rapid and widespread use of electric mobility. This relationship is supported, for example, by market data collected within the EU – both at the level of member states and in a comparison of different regions. A prerequisite for the swift development of an efficient charging infrastructure is a high level of willingness on the part of all stakeholders. This applies in particular to the expansion of charging and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure within the EU – a key factor in achieving the ambitious fleet carbon reduction targets adopted in 2022. The BMW Group continues to advocate for standardised framework conditions and creates offers that enable customer-friendly charging on a broad basis.
Reliable charging opportunities.
With BMW and MINI Charging, the BMW Group is offering its customers attractive electricity tariffs for driving as well as convenient charging solutions whether on the road, at home or at work. Customers can access a large number of public charging points via their BMW or MINI Charging Card and the My BMW or MINI App. Digital Charging Services GmbH (DCS) provides broad access to various charging networks throughout Europe. As a joint venture of the BMW Group, the Mercedes-Benz Group and bp, DCS is among Europe’s leading providers of digital charging solutions.
A total of almost 900,000 charging points is available to BMW and MINI customers worldwide. In Europe alone, BMW customers have easy access to a network with over 360,000 charging points, including fast-charging stations with a capacity of up to 350 kilowatts (kW). These are all part of IONITY’s European high-power charging services initiated by the BMW Group, which can be used via BMW and MINI Charging. IONITY currently operates 430 stations with 1,900 charging points in a total of 24 countries, which are publicly accessible, brand-independent and designed in accordance with the European Combined Charging System (CCS) charging standard. Furthermore, they are all powered by 100 % green electricity.
Beyond the public charging service, BMW and MINI Charging provide a standard charging solution both for homes and on the road in the form of the Flexible Fast Charger and other charging products. We also offer charging solutions for corporate customers in cooperation with our partners. The BMW Group itself operates one of the largest company charging networks in Germany.
Digital, innovative and more eco-friendly charging solutions.
Charging should be as easy as conventional refuelling and we are working on digital solutions in particular to meet this demand. These include Connected Charging – an application that can be accessed from the vehicle as well as via an app. Via the service, drivers not only receive up-to-date charging information, since 2022 they have also been able to control the charging process at the touch of a button. The eRoute function also enables customers to plan their charging stops on long-distance trips. In the course of 2023, the first BMW models will also be equipped with a Plug&Charge function, in which both authentication and billing will be done automatically by connecting the vehicle to the charging system. Using the so-called multi-contract functionality, individual driving electricity tariff contracts from various providers can also be stored digitally within the vehicle to facilitate the use of charging stations from different operators.
We also promote the use of renewable energy. Since 2022, for each charging process conducted via BMW and MINI Charging, the equivalent amount of energy consumed is fed into the power grid as green electricity, which is certified via Energy Attribute Certificates (EACs) as recognised proofs of origin. Moreover, we are continuously working on integrating electric vehicles with their high-voltage storage systems in the energy grid.