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BMW Electrified Sales Top 2016 Mark

Consumers are warming up to the idea of driving electrified vehicles, as evidenced in the bump in sales of BMW units from 2016 to this year. BMW’s lineup of electrified vehicles has sold as many units in the first three quarters of this year as it did in all of 2017. Including MINI, BMW has a total of nine models available, resulting in sales of 68,687 across the world. That’s an increase of more than 64 percent from the same period last year, delighting BMW executives.

“We are pleased to see the ongoing, strong sales development of our unrivalled range of electrified vehicles, with independent reports confirming our leadership in the field of electromobility,” according to BMW board member Dr. Ian Robertson. “The BMW Group has the largest share of the electrified market worldwide; this year we’ve already sold more electrified vehicles than in the whole of last year and we are well on track to deliver our target of 100,000 by year-end. The continued significant sales growth of these vehicles is due in part to the increasing availability of the BMW 5-Series plug-in hybrid, which in some markets accounts for up to a third of BMW 5-Series sedan sales.” Check out the electric lineup of BMW vehicles when you visit Chapman BMW on Camelback.

BMW Has Sights Set on Tesla

BMW has plans in the works to offer 12 different models of all-electric cars by 2025, shooting to take a large share of the market from Tesla and other automakers. “By 2025 we will offer 25 electrified vehicles and 12 will be fully electric,” Harald Krueger, CEO, told CNBC recently. “We will be increasing the share of electrified models across all brand and model series, and yes, that includes the Rolls-Royce brand and BMW M vehicles” Krueger said the electric cars will have a range of up to 435 miles, much farther than most offerings today. The company has heavily invested in its factories to be able to produce electric powertrains in just two years. That includes high-efficiency electric motors.

5-Series Plug-in Hybrid a Luxurious Business Sedan

The entire BMW 5-Series is known as a “business sedan” because of its relative affordability and extreme luxury and sophistication. The 530e plug-in hybrid now adds “efficiency” to that description, earning a rating of 72 MPGe from the EPA. Car and Driver magazine put the 530e through its paces and were able to coax 130 mph out of the sedan during a freezing rainstorm near Munich. The sedan will also travel about 30 miles using only electric power, with a top speed of 87 mph. Stay in touch with Chapman BMW on Camelback to hear about all the innovations on electric vehicles coming from the German automaker the next few years. When you’re ready, swing by for a test drive and see what it’s like to get behind the wheel of an Ultimate Driving Machine.

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