“First, with the continued growth of the charging infrastructure and elevated availability of a variety of EV choices, I consider the demand for EVs will proceed to develop in 2023. As extra drivers transition to EVs, this greater quantity of EVs on the highway mixed with elevated competitors within the EV house, will additional speed up the objective for electromobility to turn out to be mainstream.
Second, we consider that digitalisation and connectivity will proceed to realize traction within the yr forward. Such subjects demand agile workforce constructions in addition to quick decision-making and implementation. For instance, on the BMW Group, we’ve got been making use of good logistics, digital actuality techniques and synthetic intelligence as a result of we consider that modern applied sciences are an integral part for distinctive buyer experiences and sustainable enterprise growth.
Whereas the automotive business just isn’t resistant to financial cycles, the posh phase tends to be reasonably resilient when the market is experiencing some turbulence. The intention is to maintain the momentum going when instances are difficult and are available again in full drive as soon as the state of affairs turns into extra beneficial once more.
Sustainable mobility is one other key matter that may solely proceed to develop in significance, however it’s simply as essential to push the envelope to make an even bigger distinction. For instance, the BMW Group is commencing manufacturing of its BMW iX5 Hydrogen mannequin. The primary-ever Sports activities Exercise Automobile (SAV) that includes hydrogen gas cell know-how will likely be used as a know-how demonstrator for domestically carbon-free mobility in chosen areas from subsequent yr.
As of final September, the BMW Group delivered over 128,000 EVs to prospects globally – greater than twice the quantity for a similar interval in 2021. With our fast-growing vary of merchandise and robust demand for brand new electrical fashions, we count on gross sales of EVs to extend considerably. By the tip of 2025, we intention to have greater than two million fully-electric autos on the roads.
This yr, together with pre-production autos, the corporate has 15 fully-electric fashions in manufacturing, and we are going to proceed to up the tempo in 2023 with new EV fashions such because the first-ever BMW i5.
In Singapore, we count on the demand for our EVs to proceed sturdy into 2023, significantly with the latest launch of the first-ever BMW i7 and the BMW i4 and BMW i4 M50 final yr; two extraordinarily fashionable EVs with demand exceeding provide.
The troublesome chip provide state of affairs means particular person changes are nonetheless being made to our manufacturing programme, with a corresponding influence on gross sales. We count on semiconductor parts to stay briefly provide within the coming months.
Ongoing semiconductor bottlenecks might result in additional manufacturing changes at our crops. Nonetheless, due to its extremely versatile manufacturing system and versatile work-time fashions, the BMW Group is ready to make changes at comparatively brief discover.
Our intention is to make sure provides proceed to achieve our crops. To safe semiconductor provides within the long-term, we’re additionally adopting new long-term approaches involving direct agreements with chip suppliers comparable to INOVA Semiconductors and GlobalFoundries to safe provides.
It’s troublesome to foretell what is going to occur with the COE, however based mostly on business insights, we count on it to stay excessive as we enter 2023. Whereas it might influence when our prospects make their purchases, it isn’t maintaining them from seeing and experiencing the most recent fashions that we’ve got to supply.
It is usually a possibility for us to supply our prospects with choices, comparable to BMW Move (leasing) or Entry by BMW (subscription), which is able to enable them to nonetheless drive the BMW they need, however at a a lot decrease preliminary funding.”