- Published in News.
BMW expects to halve its fleet average CO2 emissions by 2020. Hybrid and electric vehicles will contribute to the reductions, which would bring the firm inside Europe's 95g/km target.
The firm wants to expand its model range, increase market share and increase production to meet growing demand for premium vehicles. BMW Group's fleet average is 148g/km CO2. Reductions will come from more small vehicles such as the Mini, but electrified powertrains as well as improved combustion engines and transmissions are required too.
BMW chairman Dr Norbert Reithofer said: “We want to maintain our product portfolio mix and continue offering our customers both large and small cars in the future. Because of this, we need new technologies. Through plug-in hybrids and electric cars, such as the BMW i family, we will make further progress significantly reducing CO2 emissions across our fleet. In 2020 we will have reduced the group's fleet average by half.”
The BMW i3 electric city car will be launched in 2013, followed in 2014 by the i8 plug-in gasoline hybrid coupe. As well as the contribution to lowering the OEM's average, BMW will earn eco credits for manufacturing these models.
They will also help to offset the contribution made to the group's fleet by luxury models such as the Rolls Royce Phantom. Despite a 10% fuel consumption reduction over the outgoing model, the latest generation of the V12 sedan emits 347g/km.