Saturday, February 7th 2015. | Advanced Technology, Auto & Motor, Car

In a bid to clean up average emissions numbers, BMW is looking to transform its lineup with a sweeping conversion to electric power over the course of the next 10 years. Spearheading this change will be the 3 Series, one of the German marque’s leading volume sellers. However, despite offering sporty hybrid models like the i8, Bimmer says it’s not quite ready to flip the switch on its performance-oriented M cars. 

That’s the word coming from Aussie website CarAdvice, which spoke to Carsten Pries, head of product management at BMW’s M division. In an interview at the international launch for the X6 M crossover, Pries commented on the commercial viability of electric vehicles, stating: “this is the most difficult questions to answer, of when it will be more than just a trend to standout from the crowd, something that is really relevant for the majority of the people in the market. That, from our expectation, is still a few years down the road.”

Pries went on to say that while it’s unlikely you’ll find an M badge on the i8 or i3, an electric M model was still possible at some point in the future: “Would we like to do something else stand alone? You can wake up every one of the 550 employees [of M division] and they will tell you ‘yes’… Whether it’s commercially viable or sensible, that’s a different question.”

Click past the jump to read more about BMW’s electric plans.

BMW Plans Electric M Models, But They Are Still Years Away originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 7 February 2015 12:00 EST.

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