This is a symbolic end to the company's first century, with BMW having started in 1917 as Bayerische Motoren Werke, producing in-line six-cylinder, water-cooled engines for the Deutsche Luftstreitkräfte's successful Fokker D.VIII fighter biplane.
Of course, the bulk of BMW's range has been all-electric for more than a decade now, with the latest G30-generation 5 Series now capable of 700 miles on each charge and supported by the latest 500kW public rapid chargers.
This four-seat city car left rival manufacturers in the dust, being the first EV to go on general sale and having an impressive 155-mile range and two-hour rapid charging time.
The words above are what Autocar's David Vivian probably expected we'd be writing in 2018 after experiencing BMW's handsome, effective and smartly packaged E1 concept in Munich back in 1992.
"I like it better than any other city car I've tried," our man wrote on 16 December of that year, "not because it runs on environmentally responsible electricity but in spite of it.
"The E1 doesn't have to apologise for its electric motor because it places it in an entirely modern context: it has a great shape, even better space efficiency, a superb ride, crisp handling, a whisper-quiet drivetrain and a truly seamless transmission. Even by BMW standards, it's a hard hitter."
The E1 entered development in 1990 with Technik, BMW's specialist think tank (and the outfit that brought us the "excellent but ill-fated" Z1 sports car), as a test bed to prove whether an electric car could work in the real world.
This was partly due to California's demand that 2% of new cars sold in the state had to be zero-emissions by 1998; the same catalyst for the creation of the General Motors EV1.
The E1 was 3460mm long, 1648mm wide and 1500mm tall – roughly the same as today's Fiat 500 but perhaps best comparable to the Audi A2. Its structure was all-aluminium and its body made from recycled plastic.
Power was sent from a 19.2kWh sodium sulphate battery through a direct-drive motor on the rear axle, giving a total of 45bhp and 111lb ft.
Vivian explained: "The E1 weighs a modest 900kg (battery included). Part of the weight saving can be credited to its custom-built light alloy wheels – 14in front, 16in rear – that are essentially just outer rims that fit directly onto the drum brakes. Doing it this way shaves 20kg from the overall weight. Moreover, energy generated during braking is fed directly into the battery.