BMW, which last week announced plans to sink over half-a-billion dollars into upgrading a plant for massive electric vehicle production, also unveiled a fully road-ready technology showcase vehicle based on the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept study first shown off last year. This four seater vehicle is driven by what is described as an innovative hybrid system.
The BMW Vision EfficientDynamics vehicle falls technically into the plug-in hybrid category. Its combination of a 3-cylinder turbo diesel with a hybrid synchronous motor at the front axle and a full-hybrid engine at the rear axle enables an overall system output of 241 kW/328 bhp. It is rated at “4.8 seconds required for the sprint from zero to 100 km/h – with an average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle (KV01) of 3.76 litters/100 kilometers, equal to 75.1 mpg imp, and a CO2 emission rating of 99 grams per kilometer (1,3 l/100km and 33g CO2/km; EU-PHEV ECE-R101).”
In terms of energy storage and range, BMW said the lithium-polymer rechargeable battery housed centrally in a longitudinal chassis element can be fully charged at a conventional power socket within just two and half hours. Electric driving only provides a range of some 50 kilometres, while a 24-litre diesel tank extends the total action radius of the vehicle to up to 700 kilometres.
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