InsideEVs reports about the very interesting development for electric cars with BMW i brand. As you know, I am very sceptical about the real commitment from German auto-makers to the electric cars. BMW is changing for the good now and "Clean Diesel" advertisement by Volkswagen is definitely helping a lot: VW group sales has collapsed in U.S. The amount of BMW EVs sold out of total BMW sales is 1.55% - it is more than twice the average of 0.7% in the sales of electric cars out of total sales in U.S. We are moving from the very low base, but exponentially now. Pick up in BMW i8 sales is very encouraging - it is the great advertisement for cars with lithium batteries - it is not full BEV. I am advocating for BMW and Tesla strategic alliance for years here. Now BMW has to put its next model to join mass market for electric cars with GM Bolt and Tesla Model 3.
"Market Watch has provided us with this brilliant illustration of the trend in Electric cars in 2015 in U.S. Despite being the most expensive one, Tesla Model S is outselling with a very big margin Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt by 49% and 67% respectively. It proves my personal observations: we have seen nothing yet in this Energy rEVolution: electric cars share is 0.7% in U.S. of total car sales! People are buying quality, Tesla Model S is providing such quality in the luxury sector and outselling BMW 7 and Audi 8 in Europe already and is taking on Mercedes S! Now we need quality electric cars for the mass market and GM Bolt is a great electric car to start it. Tesla Model 3 will make this market to happen for real and First EV Price Wars will drive the EV prices down, hopefully, for all of us to benefit. Despite total insignificance of electric cars in market terms now, lithium battery consumption of lithium is already around 40%.Once we will start buying all electric cars, which will be better than "Clean Diesel" or 'Not-So-Dirty" Petrol and with the same or even cheaper price, we will have the Lithium Market Upheaval Joe Lowry is writing about in China all over the world. We are making the dramatic shift from the remote control with two batteries, to mobile devices with 4-10 equivalent and now we are moving to over 7,000 lithium batteries equivalent like in Tesla Model S. Below you can find my chronicles of the Energy rEVolution and Joe Lowry latest information from "Opaque Lithium Kingdom." Read more."
"What can I say here? This concept of BMW i8 Spider is just beautiful, but what can bring it to life fast? When BMW and other Big German Autos will have strength to endorse Electric Cars for real? The wasted billions on Hydrogen and "Clean Diesel" are not helping management to embrace the change, but maybe shareholders can demand it? You cannot just build your business plan on corrupted politicians preventing us all from progress and clean air to breath as a result.
Reality is that any level of any pollutions being it Diesel or Petrol are harmful for our health. We have Lithium Technology to address it. If Tesla can make it from scratch with Elon Musk, why Great German Autos cannot do it? Just go and make a strategic alliance with Tesla, get the full electric powertrain matching your 21st century design, build next Lithium Batteries Gigafactory in Europe and more Tesla Supercharges and bring us mass market for electric cars moving down the models and pricing range. In my ver personal opinion for BMW just to stay relevant in the next 25 years, it should not be just a wish from any "Green" BMW shareholders, but must be government backed plan to save German Auto Industry. Just hiding the facts about cancer hazard toxic emissions is not working any more. Volkswagen will never get over it, BMW still has a chance. The worst for all of us outcome will be in case of German government saving German Autos by killing German kids with deadly pollution and all those auto jobs just going back to China again. Read more."
"The pain is coming, you can't stop it. Internal Combustion Engines (NYSE:ICE) will be dying with Fossil Fuels. It is just the law of nature. Electric Cars are better and they will become cheaper as well very soon. We can make it as a pain of growth, but who will make it? All these jobs for The Next Industrial rEVolution could be here, not just going again to China. Germany with its brilliant engineers can produce lithium batteries and electric cars and it can happen in every country. It is all here, with all numbers on the links below. Just spread the word.
New York Times.
If you are curious about how successful the BMW i sub brand was for BMW in the first two years of sales, here we present sales stats through the end of 2015.
BMW moved 29,513 i cars last year - nearly 66% more than in 2014.
- i3: 24,057 - up 50% year-over-year
- i8: 5,456 - 213% more than in the last several months of 2014
In total, we estimate 48,306 BMW i cars sold through the end of 2015.
December brought a record of 3,912 BMW i cars sold (thanks to a record 907 i8s - 656 in U.S.).
2015 i sales accounted for 1.55% of BMW's total car sales.
"BMW i sales increased by 65.9% in 2015 with a total of 29,513 units delivered to customers. The keys to a total of 24,057 BMW i3s were handed over to customers around the world (+49.9%) while sales of the BMW i8 reached a total of 5,456."
Largest market for BMW i is the U.S. with over 41% of i car sales:
BMW i worldwide sales - December 2015
Monthly sales indicate that BMW i is trying to break into 2% share for BMW.
BMW i worldwide sales - December 2015
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