Ultimate Electrified Machines: Every BMW to Offer Battery Power by 2020
Every vehicle BMW sells will include an electrified variant come 2020, although the company doesn’t expect those battery-electric, plug-in hybrid, along with hybrid drivetrains to account for much more than 20 percent of its sales volumes through 2025. In in which year, company officials in Munich say, they anticipate the introduction of useful hydrogen fuel-cell cars in its product portfolio, probably starting with BMW’s larger, more luxurious versions.
BMW Group CEO Harald Krüger says there is usually no conflict between This kind of electrification of drivetrain technology along with BMW’s reputation for exceptional chassis dynamics along with enjoyable driving experiences, citing the quick acceleration electric motors can deliver as an element of “sheer driving pleasure.” Nor, said development chief Klaus Fröhlich, does the simultaneous push to advanced autonomous driving systems rule out tuning the automobile to make driving enjoyable. “This kind of’s not fun to drive in heavy traffic. This kind of’s not fun to be in a dense area along with try to find parking,” he said. “These autonomous abilities will be an option for the driver to choose, not the only mode. Our drivers will always have a choice, along with our architectures can do both. This kind of’s not rocket science. This kind of’s not so difficult.”
BMW has sold 100,000 electrified vehicles since the launch of its i sub-brand three years ago—a somewhat slower pace than initially planned—although aims to match in which total with 100,000 in 2017 alone, said sales along with marketing chief Ian Robertson, speaking at a press event at the company’s electrified drivetrain prototype shop in Munich. in which 2017 sales total anticipates sales of plug-in-hybrid versions of both the fresh 5-series along with the Mini Countryman. The latter will be Mini’s first electrified product offered to the general public. (Its earlier Mini E project was more of an experiment, offered as a lease-only proposition in which was limited, inside the United States, to 500 customers on the East along with West Coasts.) A fully battery-electric vehicle (BEV) wearing the Mini brand will follow the Countryman PHEV, which comes to market next year.
BMW currently sells one BEV, the i3 (above), which This kind of also offers as a plug-in hybrid that has a range-extending engine. in which car will undergo a midterm update next year, which could include additional battery power to extend its driving range between recharges beyond today’s EPA-rated 114 miles (in which’s with the 33-KWh battery pack, an optional step up via the 22-KWh pack offered on the base design, which delivers 82 miles of range). BMW’s next BEV will be a edition of the X3, due in 2019.
The brand’s current plug-in-hybrid range is usually topped by the purpose-built i8—there is usually no edition that has a conventional powertrain—which will add a roadster design in 2018. BMW also offers plug-in versions of the 3-series, 5-series along with 7-series sedans, along with of the X5 sport-utility, all marketed under the iPerformance sub-brand. Extending its electrified offerings to encompass all design ranges would likely mean adding the 2-, 4-, along with 6-series coupes, plus the X1, X4, X6, along with upcoming X2 along with X7 SUVs. Today’s Z4 roadster will be supplanted in 2018 by an all-fresh design co-developed with Toyota, along with This kind of announcement confirms what was only rumored before: This kind of’ll have batteries in This kind of, probably as a plug-in hybrid with all-wheel-drive capability like in which inside the i8.
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To make electric drivetrains available in all of its 2020 products, BMW is usually developing both its next-generation vehicle architectures along with its own in-house electric battery packs along with powertrains—which will enter their fifth generation in 2018, by BMW’s reckoning—to facilitate manufacturing the cars on the same production lines as the gasoline versions. Officials showed us a package incorporating the electric-drive motor, gearbox, power inverter, along with control electronics in an individual integrated unit in which can be installed in place of an engine, plus battery packs configured to slot into the spaces ordinarily reserved for fuel tanks. For hybrids in which would likely also need a fuel tank, smaller battery packs fit into half the fuel tank space. We also were shown a concept battery structure in which would likely install all the cells under the automobile’s floor, the way Tesla does This kind of, although without reference to any specific plan for a product using in which design.