BMW USA has launched its 4th quarter and full-year 2022 gross sales figures. One of many highlights from BMW was that 4th quarter full-electric car gross sales had been higher than gross sales within the first 3 quarters mixed. Total, 4.7% of BMW USA’s gross sales in 2022 had been electrical car gross sales. That’s not counting plugin hybrids (apparently, BMW bought the memo). Within the 4th quarter, 8.5% of BMW’s gross sales had been 100%-electric car gross sales. Nonetheless, with such a powerful surge within the 4th quarter in comparison with the remainder of the yr, and a 3rd electrical mannequin simply out there since November, we will count on a a lot higher share of gross sales being absolutely electrical in 2023 — maybe 10%+.
Total, BMW’s gross sales had been up 9.4% within the 4th quarter of 2022 in comparison with the 4th quarter of 2021 (101,738 vs. 93,031), however they had been down barely (1.3%) on the total yr numbers — 332,388 versus 336,644.
BMW’s electrical car gross sales bought a lift because the yr went on due to the corporate lastly rolling out a handful of electrical car fashions. In March, it unleashed the BMW iX and BMW i4 from US dealerships. The BMW i7 then hit the market in November.
Now, to deflate the balloon a bit — BMW’s huge 4th quarter entailed simply 8,689 full-electric car gross sales. That’s certainly greater than the 6,895 bought within the first 3 quarters of 2022, however it’s nothing to put in writing residence about. Tesla, which is theoretically in the identical class and competitors as BMW, most likely had about 500,000 US gross sales (all absolutely electrical in fact) in 2022. BMW’s 15,584 don’t slot in the identical sentence.
In reality, Tesla’s 500,000 or so US gross sales are sizably above BMW’s total US gross sales, 332,388. Who predicted that 5 years in the past? (Effectively, except for CleanTechnica.)
It’s signal that BMW is now specializing in electrical automobiles, in gross sales experiences and in ramping up mannequin availability and manufacturing. However it’s bought a protracted strategy to go.
Nonetheless, I’ll let BMW have the final phrase. “With three absolutely electrical BMW automobiles and several other plug-in variants now out there at U.S. dealerships, we’re firmly on the street to electrification, providing our prospects all the efficiency, expertise, luxurious, and high quality that BMW is thought for — now additionally in an emissions free package deal,” mentioned Sebastian Mackensen, President and CEO, BMW of North America. “On the similar time, I’d like to acknowledge the pivotal position that our supplier community and Plant Spartanburg proceed to play in our gross sales success within the U.S.”
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