BMW has hit its ambitious sales target of 100,000 electric vehicles (EVs) this year. Models such as the i3 and the plug-in hybrid version of the 2-series Active Tourer have proved particularly popular in Western Europe and the US.
The 100,000th order was made by an 80-year-old man from the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany and collected his new i3 from the BMW HQ in Munich. He was personally welcomed by BMW CEO Harald Krueger, who said that “the excitement connected to electro-mobility is felt by all generations and handing over the 100,000th electrified car we’ve brought to the streets this year is a very special moment for me.”
The company celebrated in style by illuminating their iconic HQ to look like batteries, as shown in the tweet below:
— BMW UK (@BMW_UK) December 18, 2017
This is a significant milestone in EV sales and improves on BMWs sales figures for electrified vehicles from last year by more than 60 percent. In 2018, the company expects sales to increase again by a medium two-digit percentage. BMW also aims to have 12 fully-electric vehicles on the market by 2025, each with a range of 700km. Krueger said: “Electric mobility is where I measure our success.”
There was more exciting news involving BMW on Monday as EV battery company Solid Power said it had partnered with the manufacturer. They aim to develop the next generation of solid-state batteries for use in EVs.
Solid-state batteries replace the liquid or gel electrolyte in lithium-ion batteries with a solid material. This results in batteries that can store more energy and are safer.