BMW to offer fully electric 5-series in emissions push

German automaker BMW has announced that it will make electric versions of its popular 5-Series mid-sized Sedan and X1 compact SUV, part of a widened push to slash carbon emissions while wrestling with the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Starting next year, BMW said it will offer five fully-electric cars, the BMW i3, MINI Cooper SE, BMW iX3, BMW iNEXT and the BMW i4.

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Automakers have been under heightened scrutiny after regulators in key markets including Europe and China tightened emissions rules, forcing manufacturers to strike a balance in their fleets between combustion-engine cars that generate most profits and a greater share of battery-powered models.

In total BMW says it will have 25 electrified models on the roads by 2023, half of them fully electric.

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BMW will also bolster its recycling efforts and source minerals like cobalt and lithium directly to make its supply chain more ethical, the company said.

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