BMW recently held the annual BMW Group Annual Conference, discussing matters from sales to future plans, but one thing was clear: the BMW Group is completely serious in their drive to go electric.

And for good reason too. In Singapore alone, electric vehicle (EV) sales rose to 60 units in January 2021, in stark contrast again a monthly average of 8.3 units in 2020.

BMW iX
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With sales of electrified BMW and Mini vehicles increasing by approximately 30%, BMW stated that they anticipated a significant reduction in CO2 emissions due to not only an increase in the percentage of electrified vehicles, but also because of steps taken to develop even more efficient combustion engines. More details were also provided about the BMW iX and i4 models that are planned to be launched later this year.

The BMW Operating System 8 will be installed for the first time in the new BMW iX later this year, and will also roll out across various model series. By the end of 2021, BMW Group will have the world’s largest fleet of vehicles capable of installing new or upgrading existing functions over the air, with over 2 million cars.

BMW i4
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That’s not all though, with the BMW i4 set to be launched a whole three months earlier than planned. The i4 is a fully electric, four door Grand Coupe that is said to be able to accelerate from 0-100km/h in just four seconds.

“With its sporty looks, best in class driving dynamics and zero local emissions, the BMW i4 is a true BMW. It makes the heart of the BMW brand now beat fully electric,” said Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands, Sales.

The i4 and iX join existing fully electric car models i3, MINI SE and iX3, but BMW aren’t getting complacent. Fully electric versions of the BMW 5 Series, BMW X1, BMW 7 Series and the successor to the MINI Countryman will be coming in the years to come. BMW estimates that the group will have at least one fully electric model in 90% of the current market segments by 2023 and that by 2030, at least 50% of BMW Group’s global deliveries will be fully electric cars.

“We are consciously adopting a broad approach with our all-electric offering rather than staying niche,” Olivier Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, stated.


Written by Cheryl Tan