BMW Group UK has reported 28,903 BEV registrations in 2022, representing an 11 per cent share of the overall UK BEV market, rising from 7.2 per cent in 2021.
BMW BEV sales tripled on the previous year to 21,480, meaning one in five BMWs registered last year was a fully electric vehicle, making it the fastest-growing BEV brand in the UK. In the corporate sector this rose to one in three. When combined with plug-in hybrid (PHEV) registrations, BMW reached 38,045, meaning one in three BMWs was sold with a plug in 2022.
Much of this significant e-mobility ramp up came from the brand’s award-winning new products, in particular the BMW i4 and the BMW iX. This added to the strong sales performance of the BMW iX3 and the BMW i3. Production of the pioneering i3 ended in 2022 after nine years of increasing sales. The new BMW iX1 and the BMW i7 were launched at the end of last year, expanding the BEV range further and in 2023 the fully electric BMW 5 Series will join the line-up.
MINI performed strongly in the electric sector too, with the Oxford-built MINI Electric accounting for the vast majority of MINI plug-ins, with 7,423 registrations. This was up on last year (12.2 per cent) and meant that a quarter of all MINI Hatch models were BEVs. When the MINI Countryman PHEV is included, one in five MINIs registered in 2022 had a plug.
“Despite a particularly challenging environment, we have achieved a strong sales performance in 2022 and have seen significant order banks build up across the range. With an 11 per cent share of the overall BEV market, BMW was the fastest growing brand in the sector. This has been driven not only by a product line-up which has tremendous appeal but also thanks to the extraordinary commitment and performance from both our retailer network and our UK employees”, said Chris Brownridge, Chief Executive Officer of BMW Group UK. “With the just-launched BMW iX1 and i7 now fully available, we expect further strong growth in sales of all-electric vehicles in 2023, with new models on the way including the BMW i5”.