Electric BMW 7 Series: zero-emissions version of luxury car confirmed

Petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid and pure electric power are all set to be offered in the next-generation 7 Series

BMW 7 Series 745e

BMW has confirmed that the range-topping version of its next-generation 7 Series luxury saloon car will be offered with a choice of petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or pure-electric power.

Confirmation of the move came at BMW's recent annual conference, where it was also stated that the car will use BMW's fifth-generation electric drivetrain, which is also set to appear in the BMW i4 saloon and BMW iX3 SUV in the near future.

The current 7 Series is available in 745e plug-in hybrid form (pictured above) and there was previously a non-plug-in ActiveHybrid 7 model in the line-up, but this upcoming generation will mark the first time the model has been offered with a zero-emissions powertrain.

BMW currently expects to have 23 electrified models on sale by 2023, with more than half of them being fully electric. Bespoke electric and hybrid models like the BMW i3 and BMW i8 are not set to be replaced, with future BMW electric cars simply being zero-emissions versions of cars that will also be available with conventional petrol and diesel engines.

According to BMW, this strategy will put it "in an ideal position to meet demand in each relevant market segment and offer its customers a genuine power of choice between the various drive types".