Electric Vehicles

BMW Touts Electrified Vehicle Sales Milestone

August 15, 2017, by Paul Clinton

Photo of i3 charging port courtesy of BMW.
Photo of i3 charging port courtesy of BMW.

The BMW Group has sold more than 50,000 electrified vehicles globally in 2017, which marks a more than 70% increase for an automaker that has been aggressively adding plug-in hybrids to its lineup in the past year.

The company is counting sales of battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, and gasoline-electric hybrids.

Through July, BMW sold 50,711 vehicles with some level of electrification, including its i3 and plug-in hybrid versions in the 3 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series, and X5 lineups, the company announced. The sales figures include MINI, which introduced a plug-in hybrid Countryman for the 2017 model year.

With the milestone, BMW claims it has sold the third highest electrified vehicle count globally.

In the U.S. market, BMW has sold 9,943 vehicles with some level of electrification through July, according to HybridCars.com. In that same period, Toyota has sold the most electrified vehicles in the U.S. with 112,744 units. General Motors has sold 24,913 electrified vehicles, while Tesla has sold 23,245 vehicles.

BMW now offers the 330e, 740e xDrive, and X5 xDrive40e, and 530e iPerformance. In all, the company offers nine electrified models. Other models include the battery-electric and range-extending versions of the i3 and the i8 plug-in hybrid.

BMW is expected to launch a plug-in hybrid X3 model this year.

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