“Only with our own e-architecture can we fully exploit the advantages of an electric vehicle,” Manfred Schoch told Der Spiegel magazine.
Schoch said a dedicated electric platform is needed if the German luxury carmaker is not to be overtaken by competitors from California – like electric car company Tesla (O:TSLA) – or from China.
Spiegel said Schoch’s call comes after some BMW managers have pushed for a new electric strategy internally for some time.
Those managers hope that the company will now quickly shift to develop a pure e-platform, which would make cars lighter and give them a longer battery range and a bigger interior.
Asked about the report, a BMW spokesman said the company was currently “optimally positioned” and declined to comment on speculation about internal discussions.