BMW: abandonment of combustion engine for "new class" becomes more likely

BMW: abandonment of combustion engine for "new class" becomes more likely

A decision has apparently been made at BMW that the next generation of models based on the "New Class" platform planned for 2025 will be built exclusively with pure E-drives. In addition, another rumor about the battery cells for the new architecture is being confirmed.

This shift in strategy is reported by "Manager Magazin". As recently as May, BMW boss Oliver Zipse had said when announcing the latest quarterly figures that the first model based on the New Class would be purely electric. "When [the New Class] comes onto the market, it will focus on the 3 Series segment, and by that time the market will have developed to a size where it is reasonable to have only one powertrain in this architecture," Zipse explained at the time. However, Zipse still left open the technically possible option of later incorporating combustion engines based on this architecture. Only the first model was confirmed as a pure BEV.

But now BMW appears to be focusing exclusively on battery-electric powertrains for the New Class, including future models: contrary to initial plans, the platform will no longer include options for gasoline and diesel engines, nor will it include plug-in hybrids, the magazine writes, citing top executives at the group.

However, this does not mean a complete phase-out of the combustion engine: combustion engines can still be built on other BMW platforms, according to the report "probably also in new models". But: For the time after 2025, no new combustion engine model has been decided by the board. According to the report, new gasoline and diesel models are conceivable "depending on demand and availability of batteries" - but not in the new class.

Manager Magazin" concludes that BMW is planning to phase out the internal combustion engine "more radically than expected" and that Zipse has ended the lurch - analysts had already criticized the company for not really knowing "what this platform is" in view of the unclear and sometimes contradictory statements by members of the Board of Management on the New Class. Now it seems to be emerging that it will be an electric-only platform.