100% Electric Vehicles Black & silver BMW i3 at EVS27 in Barcelona, Spain.(This image is available for republishing and even modification under a CC BY-SA license, with the key requirement being that credit be given to Zachary Shahan / EV Obsession / CleanTechnica, and that those links not be removed.)

Published on March 21st, 2014 | by Zach

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BMW Aims For 100,000 Electric Vehicles Per Year By 2020, Compared To Tesla’s 500,000 & Nissan/Renault’s 1.5 Million

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March 21st, 2014 by
 
Black & silver BMW i3 at EVS27 in Barcelona, Spain.(This image is available for republishing and even modification under a CC BY-SA license, with the key requirement being that credit be given to Zachary Shahan / EV Obsession / CleanTechnica, and that those links not be removed.)

Black & silver BMW i3 at EVS27 in Barcelona, Spain.
(This image is available for republishing and even modification under a CC BY-SA license, with the key requirement being that credit be given to Zachary Shahan / EV Obsession / CleanTechnica, and that those links not be removed.)

BMW is considered to be one of the major auto manufacturers that is more bullish about electric vehicles. It has built the BMW i3 and BMW i8 from the ground up, and it has already stated that it plans to have electric versions of all of its models.

Recently, BMW Chairman Norbert Reithofer said they were aiming to make 100,000 electric vehicles per year by 2020. Now, that may sound like a lot, but let’s put it into a little bit of perspective.

For one, by 2020, Tesla is aiming to build about 500,000 electric vehicles from batteries manufactured at its planned Gigafactory — a whopping 5 times more than BMW. Furthermore, the Renault–Nissan Alliance plans to sell about 1.5 million per year by that time. a cool 15 times more than BMW.

So, how aggressively is BMW really pushing the electric envelope?

Well, maybe it’s not pushing but being pushed. Reithofer also noted: “we will be forced to build them in a six digits figure to comply with stricter emission rules.”

Well then — thanks for being a leading innovator.

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



  • Jim Seko

    BMW deserves credit for the first serially produced vehicles with intensive use of CFRP.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Yes, I think it deserves credit for a few things. Not Tesla, but is doing more than almost anyone else.

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