BERLIN — BMW has handed the tipping level for combustion engine car gross sales and now generates most gross sales progress from electric cars, its chief monetary officer mentioned in a media roundtable.
“The tipping level for the combustion engine is already there,” CFO Walter Mertl mentioned, including that in his view it had been handed final 12 months.
“The present gross sales plateau for combustion vehicles will proceed after which fall barely,” he predicted, pointing to looming environmental regulation that can prohibit gross sales of such autos.
Carmakers are beneath stress to ramp up their EV choices as regulatory deadlines from China to the European Union and a few U.S. states will start to ban gross sales of latest fossil gasoline emitting vehicles from the center of the subsequent decade.
BMW achieved a 15% all-electric gross sales share final 12 months. It plans to lift that to 33% by 2026 because it rolls out six new fashions in its “Neue Klasse” EV-only line, a multibillion-euro effort to leap the expertise hole with rivals.
Nonetheless, BMW’s margins for combustion engine and all-electric vehicles will not attain parity earlier than a minimum of 2026, Mertl mentioned, pointing to the upper prices of introducing new battery applied sciences for later fashions.
Discounting can be possible for vehicles in sure value ranges, Mertl mentioned, with out going into additional element.
The carmaker is sticking to its beforehand introduced goal of three million autos offered by 2030 with an 8-10% margin in its automotive phase, he added – a conservative aim sitting beneath its anticipated 2023 margin of round 10.3%.
BMW CEO Oliver Zipse mentioned in September that the corporate can be “a minimum of as worthwhile” when promoting the “Neue Klasse” EVs at scale, bolstered by their decrease battery prices and better effectivity per kilowatt hour.