BMW EVs Will Be Free of Rare Earths from 2020+
BMW is going to take a big step forward in making its electric vehicles sustainable by announcing they will not use rare earths in 2020 and beyond. This is a very big step forward because of how harmful the process can be to mine rare earths.
Chairman Harald Kruger spoke at a recent conference call and said:
Our approach towards sustainable mobility is holistic: Including vehicles, production and the supply chain.
Let me give you two examples:
First: As of next year, all our 31 production sites in 15 countries will obtain the electricity they need from renewable energies.
Second: We are already developing our fifth-generation electric drive train. It will be first used to power the BMW iX3 starting next year. From then on, our electric engines will no longer use rare earths.
We see all these things as part of our overall responsibility.
We have set ourselves ambitious goals for the electrification of our fleet:
By 2021, we will double sales of our electric models and plug-in hybrids.
In 2023 – two years earlier than planned – we will have 25 electrified models on the market. More than half will be fully electric.
By 2025, we expect our electrified vehicles to be growing by an average of more than 30 percent per year.