BMW’s electrified era continues to grow apace, with the Bavarian brand recently confirming that sales of fully-electric BMWs and MINIs up to and including the third quarter in 2022 are more than double that of the same period in 2021.
More than 128,000 BMW and MINI EVs – 128,196 to be precise – were sold between January and the end of September, a hike of 114.8 per cent compared with the same period last year.
This follows on from similarly increased BEV sales for the BMW Group after the first quarter of 2022, though the brand does state that “supply constraints” as a result of the war in Ukraine did lead to a drop in deliveries heading into the summer. EV sales are back on the rise, however: amazingly, 52,306 battery-electric BMWs and MINIs were delivered to customers during the third quarter alone.
The Cooper SE, the sole battery-electric model currently on MINI’s product line-up, accounts for 29,191 of those 128K sales, a 45.2 per cent increase on the same period in 2021. The i4, the iX and the iX3 SAV meanwhile are cited as “driving growth” for BMW, though the brand does not specify exact sales figures per model.
BEVs were not the sole driving force behind BMW’s electrified sales however, with 283,289
plug-in hybrid and battery-electric models collectively being sold between January and the end of September, a 26.2 per cent growth, with 98,821 being delivered during Q3.
The BMW Group has previously targeted having “more than two million” BEVs on the roads by 2025, and cites the recently launched BMW i7, the upcoming i5 and iX1, and the Rolls-Royce Spectre – the luxury marque’s first-ever electric vehicle – as key players.
“The dynamic growth of our fully-electric models reflects how the BMW Group’s electric lineup is winning over customers – as we continue to press ahead with the transition towards electromobility,” BMW AG board of management Pieter Nota explains. “With our attractive, sustainable product range across drivetrain technologies and our strong operating performance, we are on track to meet our sales targets for 2022.”