We have already considered what would happen if all internal combustion engines (ICE) were immediately banned. It seems slow, but we must get to this point.
At a conference marking the start of production of BMW’s i4 electric model, the company’s production manager revealed that the company would stop producing internal combustion engines at its main plant in Munich by 2024, According to Reuters.
Production manager Milan Nedelkovic added that by 2023, at least half of the vehicles produced in Munich will be electrified, either electrically with batteries or with a hybrid module. However, BMW’s plants in Austria and the United Kingdom will still produce ICE for their other fossil fuel vehicle models.
BMW is investing heavily in electric vehicles and has even become a title with its new one electric scooters and electric two-wheeler. BMW CEO Oliver Zipse even told a conference last week that the company would be ready with an all-electric offer if a country banned ICE by then.
BMW has set an ambitious goal of making at least 50% of new car sales worldwide electric by 2030 and has also promised to reduce emissions from transport logistics in its plants, showing a real commitment to the environment.
The company plans to use rail and battery trucks to transport vehicles in and around its plant to reduce its carbon footprint. These are very promising moves from one of the largest car manufacturers in the world.
As we learn about climate change, it is good to see such commitments from carmakers. The question is: is it enough?
If we really want to make a difference, we need more affordable BMW electric vehicles and cars do not fall into this range. Will anyone cope with this challenge?