BMW ready for any ban on combustion-engine cars from 2030, CEO says

Automotive Industry

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-10-14

BMW will be ready for any ban on combustion-engine cars from 2030 onwards with an offering of electric vehicles, CEO Oliver Zipse said.

The EU has proposed an effective ban on fossil-fuel cars from 2035 as part of a broader package of measures to combat global warming.

"We will be ICE-ban ready. If a region, a city, a country gets the idea of banning ICEs, we have an offering," Zipse told a conference in the town of Nuertingen, near Stuttgart.

"The BMW Group is not worried about this. Whether it's a good idea is another question... but we will have an offering."

Unlike rivals including Volkswagen Group and General Motors, BMW has not set an end date for production of combustion-engine cars. However, it has said it expects 50% of global car sales to be EVs by 2030.

BMW is currently introducing its iX flagship electric SUV and the i4 electric sedan. Battery-powered versions of the 7-Series sedan and X1 SUV will arrive next year, while electric versions of the 5-Series sedan and Mini Countryman will launch in 2023. 


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