BMW will further develop its i subbrand, culminating with plans for the iNEXT electric crossover in 2021. BMW also will begin to introduce electric versions of its core nameplates such as the X3 and, likely, the 3-series sedan and produce them on the same assembly lines as gasoline-powered versions of the vehicles.
Mercedes parent Daimler AG is pledging to invest more than $11 billion in electric vehicles, with at least 10 new cars coming to market by 2022. The EQ subbrand announced last year will be home to many of those new EVs. A new EQ hatchback is likely to be shown at the Frankfurt auto show in September.
For both companies, semiautonomous driving technology will continue to spread across their vehicle lineups for the balance of this decade. Truly autonomous cars are being planned for early next decade. Mercedes and BMW also are working to expand mobility services and car-sharing fleets.