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Published on October 1st, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan

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BMW To Electrify Its Entire Lineup



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There have been some chuckles about the BMW i3, but it seems clear that BMW is actually quite serious about the assertions that electric vehicles are the future, and that it is enthusiastically jumping into that future. BMW has actually now stated that it intends to make plug-in hybrid electric versions of every single car it builds.

The first two are of course the BMW i3 and BMW i8. Next will be the BMW X5 eDrive SUV.

What held BMW up until now? Battery pack issues, according to BMW’s head of production line for large vehicles, Peter Wolf. But, with those apparently out of the way, they ”are planning to have a plug-in hybrid [vehicle] in each and every model series.”

Better torque, better fuel economy, fewer problems and less maintenance… there are a lot of reasons to shift to electric.

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  • Doug

    The BMW Active E is a sweet ride – BMW should continue to push for EVs. I’m ready for an electric Z4!

  • Miles

    WOW !!! Go BMW :) Good Bye Big Oil.

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