BMW continues to work on refining its green car strategy as the German automaker looks for the right intersection of luxury cars and green vehicles. Its latest push in this direction is mostly marketing oriented, but seems to show a continued commitment to the development of electric and plug-in hybrid cars under its BMW i brand.
BMW said its i8 Concept Spyder plug-in hybrid, which we first introduced to you earlier this month, would bear a new technological designation known as eDrive. This new emblem at the rear end of this vehicle, and on future green cars from BMW, will identify the drive technology for all electric and plug-in hybrid cars under the i moniker.
What does BMW’s eDrive consist of exactly? It includes the components of the electric drivetrain: the electric motor developed in-house by BMW, the lithium-ion battery, and finally the intelligent motor management system. All of these technological offers are the result of evolution of electric car development by BMW, traced down through at least the ActiveE concept back in 2009 (this vehicle is currently undergoing field trials in the United States, among other places).
The most current green car idea from BMW, the i8 Concept Spyder, seems a fitting vehicle on which to toss the eDrive emblem. This vehicle, as envisioned by BMW, is meant to be a lightweight sports model (for an electric car that is, the model still tops 3,5000 pounds) that mimics the fuel efficiency of a small car. It has an open top and upward swivel, windowless doors.
Making its world premiere at the Auto China 2012 in Beijing currently, the BMW i8 Concept Spyder is propelled by a front-axle 96 kilowatt electric motor and a back-axle turbo-charged, three cylinder, 233 horsepower motor. This allows the car to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just five seconds. While it might technically be able to go faster, the car is electronically capped to a top speed of 155 mph.