Several car manufacturers have decided to speed up theirs electrification plans. Consider, for example, Volkswagen, Audi and Mercedes committed to becoming electric-only brands quickly. Among the great European manufacturers, BMW has a different position. Despite still having a plan linked to the electrification of its range of cars, the German brand seems to want to move with more caution.
Speaking with Automotive News Europe, Frank Weber, responsible for the development of BMW, wanted to point out that there is still a future for internal combustion engines. Precisely for this reason, the automaker reiterated its plans to keep combustion engines within its range of cars at least until the end of the decade. Powertrains that will be updated to comply with the new and very restrictive standard Euro 7.
This is an “interesting” choice since, as mentioned at the beginning, other car manufacturers are accelerating their electrification plans which also means putting an end to the development of internal combustion engines. Furthermore, Weber pointed out some doubts and concerns on a rapid transition to electric mobility.
When will the market be ready to absorb all these new electric vehicles? Without forgetting the charging infrastructure and renewable energy. Are the people ready? Is the system ready? Is the charging infrastructure ready?
BMW will therefore continue to invest in internal combustion engines to ensure that they meet future regulations. According to Weber, this will likely be the last major investment BMW will make in traditional powertrains, so that they can be used at least until the end of the decade. In parallel, the German manufacturer is also working on the development of the new Neue Klasse platform, which will be the basis of most of its future vehicles, including electric ones, from 2025 onwards.