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Page Overview: BMW Group - Innovation - Technology and Mobility - Efficiency and Electro-mobility

Efficiency and Electro-mobility

Maximum performance, minimum fuel consumption.

Ready to face the future.

The BMW Group adopts a broad, flexible approach to best meet the new challenges of changing mobility needs, today and in the future. This ensures that both customer wishes and future legal requirements can be taken into account.

Fast-growing megacities, on the one hand, and dwindling resources and challenging legal stipulations, on the other, demand innovative concepts and flexibility.

Woman sitting in a BMW with her hands on the steering wheel.

Efficient Dynamics.

BMW Group developers create customised mobility and drive concepts to meet current and future requirements. The BMW Group will offer both highly-efficient automobiles with gradually refined combustion engines and revolutionary, all-electric cars for cities and low-emission plug-in hybrids for longer distances. Over the long term, the BMW Group will also use hydrogen fuel cells as an energy source.

Thanks to its Efficient Dynamics development strategy, the BMW Group is in an excellent position to meet ambitious legal requirements by 2020. By February 2016, the BMW and MINI line-up already included 104 models with maximum emissions of 120g/km. At European level, fleet fuel consumption was lowered by more than 25 per cent between 1995 and 2008. Overall, the BMW Group aims to halve CO2 emissions from 1995 levels by 2020. Every BMW Group vehicles is developed on the basis of the Efficient Dynamics strategy.

REDUCTION OF THE FLEET CONSUMPTION
WITHIN THE BMW GROUP.
(IN %)

Graphic showing low energy consumption thanks to Efficient Dynamics.

The BMW Group develops efficient vehicle concepts characterised by intelligent lightweight design and optimised aerodynamic features. The goal is to use as little energy as possible. 

Graphic showing improved energy conversion thanks to Efficient Dynamics.

In the field of drive components, combustion engines, electric engines and power transmission, systems are being developed with a level of efficiency unmatched by any competitor worldwide. These drive technologies are a key factor in the hallmark driving pleasure of BMW.

Graphic showing improved energy distribution through Efficient Dynamics.

Intelligent energy management solutions direct all energy flows in the car – especially those used in driver assistance systems – as efficiently as possible. The aim is to recover this energy wherever possible. 

BMW i – the spearhead of Efficient Dynamics.

A free-standing blue BMW i8.

With a vehicle concept geared towards maximum efficiency, advanced drive technology and consistently intelligent energy management, the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car is the spearhead of Efficient Dynamics. It combines the driving characteristics of a sports car with the fuel economy of a small car and therefore symbolises 21st century driving pleasure. 

The BMW i8 consistently stands for sheer driving pleasure in the 21st century.

A free-standing grey BMW i3.

The first pure battery-electric series-produced BMW, the BMW i3, has been on the market since 2013. The LifeDrive architecture with a carbon-fibre passenger compartment and an aluminium module for the drive train, battery and suspension as well as energy management with ECO PRO driving mode and Route-ahead assistant for maximum efficiency – these are all impressive examples of how innovative technologies can work well together.

View of the BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics vehicle.

The BMW Group already showed back in 2009 with its initial BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics concept vehicle that future fuel economy and emission-reduction requirements were compatible with signature BMW driving pleasure. 

Focus topics for electro-mobility.

A hydrogen tank next to the corresponding BMW research vehicle.
An electric BMW Formula E race car.
BMW eDrive Technology

Path-breaking technology transfer to the core BMW brand.

Intelligent composite design.

Intelligent composite design.

 

Since 2003, new high-tech materials, such as carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), have been used for the first time in large-scale automotive production worldwide.

 

 

A skilful material mix is made up of very different materials, such as aluminium, steel, carbon fibre, magnesium or plastic components. Lowering the vehicle’s total weight reduces fuel consumption and also improves driving dynamics.

eDrive logo application on the vehicle.

Electrified drive trains with eDrive.

BMW eDrive embodies Efficient Dynamics in its purest form. The electric motor is extremely effective, with an efficiency of up to 96%. Its direct response and high torque from standstill make the electric drive train the perfect fit for the dynamic character of BMW vehicles. 

View of a Twin Power Turbo engine.

A new generation of petrol and diesel engines. With TwinPower Turbo.

Although the BMW Group is forging ahead with electro-mobility, conventional drive trains still have vast potential. The new EfficientDynamics engine family provides the ideal technical and economic requirements for the future portfolio and for BMW Group emissions targets. BMW TwinPower Turbo technology will form the basis for all future engine variants with a capacity from 1.5 litres to 3.0 litres.

Our cars will become even more efficient, cleaner – and yet still more agile and dynamic – in the future. Sheer driving pleasure will remain the same.

From 2020: power from hydrogen.

A BMW with a hydrogen tank is filled from a truck.

Hydrogen fuel-cell technology offers the prospect of zero local emissions over long distances with short refuelling times – like petrol and diesel vehicles today – over the long term. It is therefore particularly well suited for larger vehicles driving longer distances.

 

BMW is conducting active research into improved concepts with cost-cutting potential, such as innovative tank and refuelling technologies in combination with new fuel cell cooling concepts. As with the BMW i brand, a specially designed vehicle architecture would appear to be the best approach to exploit the potential of this technology and maximise customer benefit with a view to future series production.