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

Electro-mobility

Ready to face the future.

Solving challenges with innovations.

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.

Focus topics for electro-mobility.

An electric BMW Formula E safety car.
A hydrogen tank next to the corresponding BMW research vehicle.
A hydrogen tank next to the corresponding BMW research vehicle.
BMW eDrive Technology
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Milestone: over 100,000 electrified vehicles sold.

Electric mobility is currently the main strategic focus of the BMW Group. In 2017, we reached an important milestone on the road to sustainable mobility: The BMW Group has delivered more than 100,000 electrified vehicles to customers worldwide in 2017, as promised at the beginning of the year. Overall, sales of our BMWi models together with BMW iPerformance and MINI Electric plug-in hybrids increased by two-thirds over the previous year. To celebrate this success, an eye-catching light installation transformed the BMW Group headquarters, the world-famous “Four-Cylinder” in the north of Munich, on the evening of 18 December 2017 into a battery.

INTEGRATION OF E-MOBILITY IN THE PRODUCTION SYSTEM.

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The BMW Group is the pioneer in electromobility. The company’s Leipzig plant began building the fully-electric BMW i3 in 2013. Today, the BMW Group produces cars with combustion engines on the same lines as plug-in hybrids at ten locations worldwide. Three battery plants in Germany, the US and China supply local production of electrified vehicles with batteries. In the future, production of fully-electric vehicles will also be integrated into existing manufacturing structures.

Maximum utilisation of plant capacity is a priority for us. That is why we are designing our production system so that we can build models with a fully or partially electric drive train or combustion engine on the same assembly line.

Oliver Zipse

Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Production

BMW i – BORN ELECTRIC.

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. 

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.

Power from hydrogen.

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

 

Hydrogen fuel cell technology provides a long-term opportunity for local emission-free driving over long distances with short fuelling times, similar to current petrol and diesel vehicles. This makes them especially suitable for larger vehicles traveling long distances.
The BMW Group is conducting active research into improved concepts with the potential to reduce costs, such as innovative tank and refuelling technologies combined with new fuel cell cooling concept.

The BMW Group plans to present a small series production with next-generation technology early in the next decade and will offer battery cell vehicles for customers after 2025.