BMW goes EV-only for German powertrains — no end in sight for ICE cars
BMW has yet to set a date or target for when it plans to stop making petrol- and diesel-powered cars. However, it recently confirmed that it took a significant step towards an electric-only future. According to Carscoops, BMW stopped producing internal combustion engines at its facility in Munich.
Going forward, the BMW Group Munich plant will only produce electric drivetrains. This pivot to an EV-only manufacturing facility means retraining 1,200 employees and retooling much of the existing production equipment.
This shift lines up with the prospective 2025 release of the Neue Klasse-based electric i3 model, which will eventually become the electric M3 in 2027. The i3 lineup includes the regular i3 sedan and an i3 Touring version later on.
BMW has no plans to stop production of internal combustion engines just yet, although this is a sign that the ageing technology's time is nigh. BMW will reportedly move more of its ICE production to its facilities in Austria and the UK.