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BMW Announced a big Push into Electrified Vehicles

The German luxury carmaker, BMW has joined rivals in announcing a big push into electrified vehicles.

BMW is planning by 2025 it will have 12 all-electric models, and 13 hybrid versions. BMW’s first electric Mini will be released in 2019.

This announcement of BMW follows an earlier one from Jaguar Land Rover.

The company said every vehicle line launched from 2020 will have an all-electric or hybrid version, the first of which would be the Jaguar I-Pace, to go on sale in 2018.

In a statement, BMW’s Klaus Fröhlich said, “The trend towards electric mobility is irreversible. But it will happen in different ways and at various speeds in different parts of the world. The change in China is just one example.”

He added that, from 2020, all BMW models will have an electrified version, and there will be a big push to expand the all-electric and hybrid model range over the subsequent five years.

JLR’s chief executive Ralf Speth said its move was aimed at “giving customers even more choice”.

JLR said it had also engineered an electric version of the classic Jaguar E-type car, known as the E-type Zero. However, it was intended as a concept car and would not be available for sale.

Mr Speth was asked about how he viewed the Brexit talks, he said, “I trust that, at the end of the day, politicians are interested in a better society for their inhabitants.”

He said that the company sources 40% of its components from the European Union, which is also its most important export market, adding that, “It is crucially important that there is free and fair trade for Jaguar Land Rover.”