BMW has always been a car manufacturer that is known for the driving experience in its cars. As the electrification of the cars is taking over the auto world, the purists are getting sad to say goodbye to those adrenaline rushing engine noises and performance. However, BMW says they aren’t gonna let go of the engines anytime soon.
Speaking to Australian journalists at the Paris motor show last week, BMW’s chief of product development, Klaus Froehlich said, “A very optimistic scenario says 30 percent of BMWs will be pure electric or plug-in hybrids and 70 percent will be combustion. If you assume that, from this 30 percent, half of them are plug-in hybrids – I have 85 percent in my portfolio in 2030 with a combustion engine.”
In the time when many countries are banning diesel engines for the pollution reasons, Mr Froehlich said he is optimistic about the future of diesel engines. “The diesel development from BMW perspective is quite dramatic,” he said. “We have, I think, more or less the best diesels. All test show that we have the lowest emissions.” However, he admitted that diesel engines in higher models like M50d will be difficult to offer.
This statement is coming in the time where the rivals of BMW are going all-in into the EVs as the Mercedes-Benz has recently launched it’s first fully-electric SUV EQC and while Audi also launched the E-Tron all-electric SUV.
However, this does not mean that BMW isn’t working on the EVs. “We are prepared,” says Froehlich, “We already purchased … cobalt and lithium from 2025-35. We already have the second life in place for consumers or for grid stabilisation, we have built these battery farms. We are prepared to deliver.”
Froehlich says he is preparing for the iNEXT crossover and the i4 that will arrive in 2021. “They get fifth-generation electric powertrains which will be big, big progress. And of course the autonomous driving things. Infotainment connectivity, 5G. Everything is in development for 2021. All for iNext.” He concludes.