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In change of strategy, BMW to build dedicated BEV platform

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November 09, 2020
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While high-volume manufacturers have pursued dedicated battery electric vehicle platforms (BEV), such as Volkswagen's MEB and PPE or General Motor's BEV3 platform, BMW had focused on a singular platform that can support all powertrain types, from combustion-based vehicles to hybrids and fully electric, a useful strategy to avoid sunk costs in a dedicated platform if BEV sales don't pan out. However, BMW has now changed its tune and will design its own dedicated platform for battery electric vehicles. Clients should recognize two factors that likely played a role: increasing confidence in the outlook for BEV sales and better access to cost reductions at the vehicle level, such as BYD and Tesla using structural batteries.

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