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BMW to expand range of electrified vehicles

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG is set to launch four new fully electric vehicle models through 2021.

According to a May 16 release, the German carmaker will begin production of its pure electric Mini model at Plant Oxford in the U.K. in 2019, followed by its fully electric BMW iX3 to be manufactured in the Chinese city of Shenyang beginning 2020. In 2021, BMW will start producing its iNEXT SUV in Dingolfing, Germany, and the i4 sedan in its Munich plant.

BMW said it will launch more than 10 pure-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles — which may be new or updated models that use the company's fourth-generation, or Gen 4, electrified drive train technology — by the end of 2020.

The company also expects to offer at least 25 electrified models, half of which will be fully electric, by 2025.

The automaker also set a goal of reducing the carbon emissions of its new vehicle fleet in Europe by at least half compared with levels recorded in 1995, after already having achieved a 42% decrease by 2018-end.