Electric 5er will join PHEV, diesel, gas versions
Alongside X1, 7, iX3, and loads more BMW Group EVs
As part of reducing the automaker’s carbon footprint and increasing sustainability, BMW has announced that there is going to be a fully electric version of the 5 Series coming, along with loads more EV, PHEV, and mild hybrids.
BMW has previously said it was planning a host of new EVs, starting with the Mini Cooper SE that’s already arrived, and the iX3 crossover that was unveiled earlier this month. Now there’s talk of more including the 7 Series we’ve already heard about and the i4 and iNext, all set to go on sale by the end of next year.
New, though, will be an electric BMW 5 Series, the company’s midsize sedan. That one will be available as an EV, along with the existing PHEV, diesel, and 48-volt gas mild hybrid choices, giving drivers a massive amount of choice when it comes to how they want to reduce their emissions. While we don’t expect the diesel here, it’s certainly possible the other three could all make it to Canadian roads.
BMW is planning the same thing for the X1, with the same four driveline variant choices. The automaker has already started a new eDrive Zones technology that automatically switches to EV mode when the vehicle enters one of about 80 European green zones, with the number set to expand.
Surprisingly, BMW says that just adding more electric offerings would still increase the company’s CO2 footprint by more than a third by 2030. So they’re moving to lower carbon at factories and suppliers to instead drop 20 percent from 2019 levels. European lawmakers mandated a 37.5-percent auto CO2 cut by 2030 compared with next year, and a 40 percent 2007-2021 cut is already in place, so while there is no electric 5 launch date, expect it sooner rather than later. Possibly as early as 2022.