Asbecomes a new normal around the world, German automaker BMW delivered its Annual Accounts Press Conference digitally on Wednesday. BMW Chairman Oliver Zipse delivered some news on the product front: We’re in for an all-electric .
In a transcript of the speech, Zipse says the next 7 Series will come with four available powertrain options. The big news is the battery-electric version, but the world will also see a gasoline, diesel and plug-in hybrid version. Zipse also mentioned that the 7 Series’ platform will support each powertrain on a single architecture, rather than stuffing a battery into an architecture meant for an engine up front.
The chairman didn’t provide any other details on what to expect from the 7 Series, or when we’ll see the next-gen sedan debut, but electric cars will remain a major priority at BMW. Well, it doesn’t really have a choice. European regulations, as they stand, will require 40% of vehicles sold to feature an electrified powertrain. Keep in mind, “electrified” can also include something as simple as a 48-voltand doesn’t necessarily mean 40% of BMWs sold will be purely electric.
In the US, we know BMW has at least two new EVs slated for launch. Thewill come to America in its production form as a range-topping luxury SUV. Then, we’ll see the . The , meanwhile, has been due to low EV demand in this country.