In shocking automotive news, some analysts are saying that the end is near for BMW combustion engines. Will the combustion engine be scheduled for the electric chair as hybrids and electric powertrains begin to take a stronger hold on the future markets?
Reports are guessing that BMW could start phasing out its combustion engines within the decade, which seems insanely soon to say goodbye to such a standard piece of equipment. What exactly ignited this rather intriguing chatter? It seems that a mutual fund manager, Ron Baron, who has approximately $250 million invested in Tesla Motors, made the following statement in a newsletter to shareholders: “While many car companies doubt electric cars will ultimately represent a large portion of new car sales, BMW is not one of those companies. Two of our research analysts recently visited BMW’s headquarters in Munich, as well as its electric vehicle and carbon fiber assembly plants in Leipzig, Germany, and its battery pack assembly plant and research facility in Dingolfing, Germany.”