Next-gen BMW X1 and 5 Series to feature electric powertrains

Sanjay · Jul 28, 2020 01:30 AM

BMW is pushing ahead its ‘Power of Choice’ agenda as the next-generation BMW 5 Series and BMW X1 will feature an all-electric powertrain.

Like the 2020 BMW iX3, BMW will offer four powertrain options for these next-gen models, including the BMW 7 Series: conventional petrol and diesel engines, both with 48-volt mild-hybrid technology, plus a plug-in hybrid and a pure-electric drivetrain

By the time these models arrive, BMW would have already rolled out the iNext electric SUV, i4 electric sedan and the aforementioned iX3. BMW aims to have 25 electrified models for sale come 2023 - with half of them being fully electric. 

In addition to introducing these electrified models, the carmaker aims to reduce its carbon emissions from its production sites by 80% per vehicle - bringing it down to just 10% of its 2006 production emissions. 

Scaleable power units are part of BMW's plans.

“This new strategic direction will be anchored in all divisions – from administration and purchasing to development and production all the way to sales. We're taking sustainability to the next level,” says BMW CEO, Oliver Zipse. 

Soon to be an antique sight?

With the BMW Group setting clear emissions reduction targets up to 2030 and lofty aims to electrify half their cars, it seems that electric M cars are not a question of if, but when.