Late last year, BMW promised that they would begin fitting their core model motorcars with plug-in hybrid technology beginning with that of the X5 xDrive40e. During this week’s New York International Auto Show, BMW’s North America CEO Ludwig Willisch confirmed that this enhanced PHEV (plug-in hybrid vehicle) plan would now be applied to all new models. The move to creating a completely hybrid range to match that of their normal engined models comes as little surprise as BMW has stated that such technology is already compatible with all of its vehicles.
Ludwig Willisch also dismissed circulating rumors of a BMW i5/i7 plug-in hybrid which was speculatively designed as a direct competitor to that of the Tesla Model S. He also confirmed that the Bavarian manufacturer has no intentions of competing with Tesla. However, such plans have not been delivered with a specified execution date and it is unclear when and from which model BMW will begin creating environmentally friendly hybrid counterparts.