BMW and its partner Brilliance will start Chinese series production of an electric vehicle in 2013, BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer said.
Welcoming Li Keqiang, vice-premier of China’s State Council, to BMW headquarters in Munich, Reithofer said BMW will work closely with the Chinese government on future mobililty.
BMW has a number of electric-vehicle projects in China. “The BMW Group and its partner, Brilliance, are making a joint contribution to sustainable mobility in China,” Reithofer said.
The German premium carmaker has developed an electric-powered BMW 5 Series Long Version as part of the first Sino-German electro-mobility research project in collaboration with Tongji University in Shanghai.
In addition, a worldwide trial of the MINI E fleet will be extended to the Chinese cities of Beijing and Shenzhen from this year. And BMW will conduct road tests in China of the Active E, a fully-electric powered vehicle based on the BMW 1 Series.
BMW has been building BMW 3 Series and 5 Series models at its Chinese facility in Shenyan with Brilliance, since 2003. The company announced the construction of a 560 million-euro second Chinese production plant in Tiexi in the Shenyang region in November 2009. The BMW X1 will also be built at the new plant in the future.