BMW: Gas engines will be sold for another 30 years, diesel 20 years

Klaus Fröhlich, BMW’s head of development, says electric cars are “overhyped” and internal combustion engines will continue to be sold for another 30 years.

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He told Automotive News many markets will not have the necessary infrastructure for electric cars, such as rural China, Russia, while in the US EVs will be more popular on the east and west coasts.

Electric cars are also more expensive to produce and purchase.

“A best assumption of 30% of electrified sales by 2025 means that at least 80% of our vehicles will have an internal combustion engine,” Fröhlich said.

This doesn’t mean BMW isn’t going to electrify its lineup. It plans to introduce 25 electrified models by 2025, half of which will be full EVs.

Source: Automotive News

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BMW: Gas engines will be sold for another 30 years, diesel 20 years