As part of its centenary celebrations, BMW has announced a new plan for the future. It will be called Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT and will put autonomous driving and “electric mobility” in focus. If you have already read the second part of our series of articles “Car Revolution” you know well the reason for the second focus. If you have seen the latest concept from BMW, the Vision Next 100, you are aware of the first. The good news refers to a drop top version of the i8, the i8 Roadster, which BMW itself has anticipated with the i-Vision concept.
BMW has also announced today a new car that will be the epitome of the i models. It will probably be based on the Vision Next 100. BMW also promises a plug-in hybrid Mini, the new BMW X7 and an i3 with more powerful batteries and longer range.
The X7 would be a 7-seat SUV to compete with the Volvo XC90 and the Mercedes-Benz GLS. It will be built in the USA, more specifically in Spartanburg, Georgia, over the 7-Series platform and with its Carbon Core technology.
Another trench in which BMW aims to put its soldiers is in fuel cells. The company claims to have test vehicles able to reach 700 km of range. Curiously, BMW was one of the most skeptic companies regarding this technology. This is why BMW has developed a hydrogen powered 7-Series, called Hydrogen 7, which has a limited run from 2005 up to 2007. Burning hydrogen must have proven to be very uneffective.