BMW has announced plans to introduce several new electric concepts in 2018.

In a speech made by BMW chairman Harald Krüger at its annual Accounts Press Conference in Munich, Germany, a “number of pure-electric concept vehicles” is expected, including its first 2020-bound all-electric crossover, the iX3, and the i4, formerly the iVision Dynamics presented at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. A design study on its autonomous iNext is also expected.

In total, the German automaker is looking to add 25 new electrified models by 2025, with half of them being all-electric.

In 2017, BMW sold 100,000-plus hybrid and all-electric vehicles, hitting 21 percent market share in Europe and achieving the highest number of new electrified vehicle registrations in the region during that period. This ambitious effort also includes an increase in research and development spending by up to $8.6 million (€7 billion euros). According to BMW in its annual report, its research & development coffers will comprise 6.5 to 7 percent of sales, above its usual range of 5 to 5.5 percent.

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“Investment will rise by a further high three-digit million euro amount year-on-year, primarily from the ongoing new model initiative as well as continued work on e-mobility and autonomous driving,” said BMW in a statement.

Other advancements have come with battery design, with a recently announced partnership with Alameda, Calif.-based Sila Nano, an energy storage engineering firm, to introduce significant improvements to battery capacity by exploring its proprietary silicon material over the traditional graphite anodes of lithium-based batteries.