BMW U.S.-Built EVs Coming In 2026

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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, Automotive Editor - June 25, 2024
2025 BMW i4

BMW may be a German luxury brand, but the automaker has a large footprint in the U.S. The automobile manufacturer builds a lot of its SUVs, which include the BMW X3, X4, X5, X6, X7, and XM, at its plant in Spartanburg, S.C. With the fully redesigned 2025 BMW X3 set to go into production, BMW has shared some information on other vehicles that will be built at its Spartanburg plant, including an all-electric Sports Activity Vehicle.

In a press release sharing the news about opening a new press shop at its Spartanburg plant, Dr. Milan Nedeljković, a member of the Board of Management of BMW AG who is responsible for Production, stated that “assembly of all-electric Sports Activity Vehicles will start here in Spartanburg” at the end of 2026. We think the electric SUV that’s coming in 2026 is the iX3 SUV, which should be similar to the Vision Neue Klasse X concept.

While production of a new electric Sports Activity Vehicle will begin at the end of 2026, BMW has plans to boost production of electric vehicles at its Spartanburg plan to include “at least six fully electric models.” In addition to building six electric vehicles in South Carolina, BMW claims that the high-voltage batteries for its future EVs will come from Woodruff, S.C.

2024 BMW iX2

With BMW planning to build its new EVs in the U.S. and produce batteries in the U.S., the vehicles should be eligible for the full $7,500 federal EV tax credit. Since there’s a current loophole in the federal EV tax credit that allows companies to offer large discounts on electric vehicles that are leased, this looks like BMW’s plan to make its EVs more affordable for shoppers who are looking to purchase a model.

Currently, only a handful of luxury EVs meet the requirements for the full $7,500 federal tax credit. The shortlist includes the Acura ZDX, Tesla Model Y, and Tesla Model X. Having an option on the list would give BMW a large leg up on the competition.

Currently, BMW has four all-electric cars on sale. EVs include the i4, i5, i7, and iX. A smaller electric SUV would attract some new shoppers, especially if it's eligible for the full federal tax credit.

Pictured: 2025 BMW i4 (Top), 2024 BMW iX2 (Middle)

Source: BMW

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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