BMW is planning to trim the number of gasoline and diesel engines it offers for its cars as the automaker makes a transition to an all-electric future.
The automaker says that by 2025 about half of the drivetrain variants — that’s a combination of the engine, transmission, and rear- or all-wheel-drive system — will be discontinued.
The plan applies to BMW’s overall global lineup. It also includes the Mini and Rolls-Royce brands, which are both part of BMW’s empire. BMW has not said just how many powertrains it currently offers globally, though some engine sizes are specific to a certain market due to local taxation rules.
Here in the U.S., for instance, BMW’s 3 Series lineup alone is available with four different engine options.
BMW has not stated when it plans for its entire lineup to be entirely electric, though the Mini brand is aiming for 2030. Currently, Mini sells just a single all-electric model, though that’s set to change soon.
However, BMW is also working on a hydrogen-fueled version of its X5, so it’s safe to say that the automaker is not placing all of its vehicular eggs in an electrified basket just yet.
To help speed the transition to electrification, BMW says it has been working with various partners internationally to install electric charging points. Find a BMW for sale