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      05-30-2020, 12:26 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Phatcat View Post
Not surprised if BMW went this route, along with other models too. Despite what we might think of electric cars or if they are more environmental friendly than ICEs, public perceptions is what it matters.

Tesla market cap is now more than Mercedes, BMW, and VW group combined (which is insane when come to think about it), I would think shareholders are pushing BMW to get electrified.
It actually doesn't have much to do with public perceptions. It has mostly to do with ever tightening European Emission Regulations. If you look over at Porsche right now and what they have planned for the future, they have a daunting task ahead of them because they don't have a whole lot of physical room in the chassis of 911's for all this new emissions equipment that'll be required in the future, in which case the only other choice is going full electric. BMW has to deal with the same shit.

Biggest challenge to any future electrified vehicle is weight. They gotta get the weight of the batteries down or else these "sports cars" of the future will turn like a whale. The Porsche Taycan is a laughable 5,100lbs and eats through tires once you put that car in a turn.