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Published on October 1st, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan

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BMW To Electrify Its Entire Lineup

October 1st, 2013 by  


bmw x5 edrive

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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is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species) with the power of the word. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor, but he's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.



  • Doug

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

    • Z4 was my favorite car in college. Would be sweet to see/drive an electric version.

  • Miles

    WOW !!! Go BMW 🙂 Good Bye Big Oil.

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