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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.
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.
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.
Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Production
BMW i – BORN ELECTRIC.
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 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.
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.
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.