BMW has been using DriveNow, its car-sharing program, to deploy large numbers of electric vehicles quickly. They delivered 400 BMW i3 EVs in Copenhagen back in 2015.
The German automaker announced this week that it will deploy 550 electric vehicles, 400 all-electric cars and 150 plug-in hybrids, across the city of Hamburg in Germany by 2019.
They already have 70 BMW i3s and they will have 200 more by the end of the year. Since the vehicles will be delivered by 2019, they could also add the upcoming new electric Mini, which is expected to come out in 2019.
By the time BMW delivers all the vehicles, the city intends to provide a total of 1,150 charging points.
Peter Schwarzenbauer, member of the Board of Management of BMW’s Digital Business, said about the announcement:
“With Hamburg as our strong partner, we want to continue expanding our highly-attractive options for sustainable individual mobility in the city and help improve environmental conditions in urban areas. DriveNow is already a genuine success story – in Hamburg and in other cities. I firmly believe this is an important step to win over even more users for electrified car-sharing.”
They released a few pictures of the new i3s:
BMW announced last week that its i3 sales increased by 50% in 2017.
The automaker has been positioning itself for moving more seriously in the electric vehicle space lately. They even started holding meetings to warn employees that EVS are coming and here to stay and they announced production expansion for its upcoming electric vehicles.