Frankfurt — German car maker BMW aims to more than double the number of electric and hybrid vehicles it has sold to 500,000 by the end of 2019, CEO Harald Krüger told German weekly WirtschaftsWoche. In 2018 alone, deliveries of electrified vehicles are to rise by a "medium double-digit percentage", he said. A pioneer in electric vehicles, BMW launched the i3 hatchback in 2013, but sales have been relatively low and management has wrestled with whether to go all-out for electrification. But that changed in September when the Munich-based group said it would gear up for mass production of electric cars and aimed to have 12 fully electric models by 2025, with a range of up to 700km. The group said on Monday that it had hit its target of selling 100,000 fully electric cars around the world this year, benefiting from strong demand in western Europe and the US for models such as the i3 and the 2-series plug-in hybrid, Active Tourer. He said the car maker would, nonetheless, keep making an...

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