BMW says that diesels will survive for another 20 years and petrol engines another 30. Despite recently revealing a vision for a more sustainable future of hybrid electric cars in their ‘Vision M Next’ concept, BMW says they will continue to invest heavily in internal combustion engines for the near future.
The company believes there is still a lack of charging infrastructures to support pure electrification. “We see areas without a recharging infrastructure such as Russia, the Middle East and the western, internal part of China so they will rely on gasoline engines for another 10 to 15 years,” Klaus Froelich, BMW Group board member for development, told Automotive News Europe at the company's NextGen event in Munich this week.
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“A best assumption of 30 percent of electrified sales (battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids) by 2025 means that at least 80 percent of our vehicles will have an internal combustion engine,” Froelich continued.
BMW expects diesel cars to survive at least another 20 years and petrol engines at least 30 years, Froelich said. He also claimed that, though it is, of course, part of their plans, "the shift to electrification is overhyped."