Amid the flurry among automakers to switch to all-electric vehicles and plug in hybrids, BMW announced that state-of-the-art diesel cars will continue to play a role in the future. This was a topic of discussion during the "National Diesel Forum" participated by German automakers. Even as BMW is the leading producer of electric vehicles in their country, the company still believes that diesel will still play an important role in the future.
This group of German automakers was formed after Volkswagen was hit by an emissions scandal months ago. The group composed of several premium German brands gather to discuss the criticisms they have been receiving. Another issue that was raised is the accusation that the German companies are said to be having secret technical discussions for years now.
In response to the way the public is reacting towards new diesel-based vehicles, BMW says that it is calling for "objective discussions based on facts and scientific evidence".
The company further added that saving the environment is also about fighting climate change, and not just NOx emissions. They explained that modern diesel engines are much safer for the environment as they produce less CO2. They do not understand why the public is so against diesel engines when it is as clean, or maybe even cleaner than petrol engines.
The company has agreed on solutions for three out of four issues diesel engines are facing – all with the goal of saving the environment. Moreover, BMW cars emit 40 percent less NOx than the German average. BMW is even offering a free replacement for older Euro 5 diesel cars to further reduce their emissions.
Harald Krüger, BMW board chairman defended the company powertrain strategy as he said that the cutting-edge diesel engine is highly popular with customers. However, because of intense public criticism, thousands of drivers out there now feel uncertain about their cars. Krüger says that these criticisms are helping no one.
Allegations have also been made towards the German company, saying that non-compliant technology is found in diesel exhaust treatment systems. But BMW denied that and said that investigations had been done in and outside the country that confirms that their vehicles are not rigged for testing purposes.
Setting aside the diesel-based cars, BMW is planning to sell over 100,000 electrified vehicles by the end of the year. And in 2019, they will release the first electric MINI. Meanwhile, a BMW X3 SUV that is battery operated is set to come out in 2020. In 2021, the company is planning to release another green car to join its portfolio and that is the BMW iNEXT.