Over seven million vehicles equipped with fully electric or plug-in hybrid propulsion systems by 2030.
The BMW Group already offers the world’s largest selection of premium automobiles with an electrified drive system – digital solutions to increase the proportion of electric driving offered by plug-in hybrid models – BMW 7 Series, BMW 5 Series and BMW X1 also available in the future with a purely electric drive
Munich. With a ten-year sustainable development plan, the BMW group underlines its commitment to the objectives of the Paris climate agreement, with the main focus being on the expansion of electric mobility. Today, the BMW and MINI brands with fully electric and plug-in hybrid propulsion systems respectively already account for around 13.3 of all new registrations across Europe (source: IHS Markit New Registrations July 2020 Report). This is 1.5 times the average share of all brands, or around 8%. The company expects that figure to grow to a quarter by 2021, a third by 2025 and 50% by 2030.
BMW and MINI brand vehicles equipped with electrified propulsion systems are now offered in 74 markets around the world, where more than 500,000 electrified vehicles have been sold by 2019. By the end of 2021, that number will likely reach over a million. Despite the restrictions linked to the pandemic, more BMW Group vehicles were sold in the first half of 2020 than in the corresponding period of the previous year. The BMW Group’s sustainability goals aim to bring more than seven million vehicles equipped with electrified propulsion systems into circulation around the world by 2030, two-thirds of which are fully electric variants. Due to the massive expansion of electric mobility, emissions produced by BMW Group vehicles per kilometer driven will be reduced by around 40% by 2030.
“Power of Choice”: Effective Approach to Global Sustainability.
The current model offensive paves the way for this goal, with the company following the “power of choice” approach to address customer needs and legal requirements in global automotive markets. The BMW X3 is the first model available with highly efficient petrol and diesel engines, including 48-volt mild hybrid technology, with either a plug-in hybrid drive system or a fully electric drive system.
In the future, other production models with electrified and conventional drive systems will be built on a single production line. For example, the next generation of luxury sedans of the BMW 7 Series will also be offered as a pure electric model variant. The high-volume BMW 5 and BMW X1 series will also be marketed not only with conventional internal combustion engines and plug-in hybrid systems, but also with fully electric propulsion units.
The electrification of drive systems is an integral part of the future D-ACES (Design, Autonomous, Connected, Electrified und Services / Shared) field defined by the BMW group in its NUMBER ONE> NEXT strategy. Today, the BMW Group already offers the widest selection of matching vehicles in the world. These models also impress with their sporty characteristics. In addition, their attractiveness is attributable to expressive design and cutting-edge technology in the fields of operation and digitization, which are oriented towards the lifestyle of contemporary target groups.
The fifth generation of BMW eDrive technology celebrates its first in the new BMW iX3 (combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l / 100 km; power consumption: 17.8 – 17.5 kWh / 100 km; CO2 emissions in cycle mixed: 0 g / km). The quality of its components – electric motor, high-voltage battery, charging technology and power electronics – is the result of the experience acquired by the BMW i brand in the electric mobility sector since 2011. The BMW Group relies on on internal development. of all components for BMW eDrive technology. An example of the progress made in this way is the high-voltage battery of the BMW i3, whose storage capacity has doubled since the launch of this model despite an unchanged installation space.
Pure driving pleasure, pure driving pleasure: fully electric mobility with the BMW iX3, BMW i3 and MINI Cooper SE.
With the fifth generation of BMW eDrive technology integrated into the BMW iX3, the efficiency and development of the power of the electric motor, the energy content of the high-voltage battery, the charging capacity and the intelligent control of the entire system reach a new level. The car’s new electric motor develops 210 kW / 286 hp and drives the rear wheels. The first fully electric sports activity vehicle combines sportiness and a range of up to 520 kilometers – not by means of particularly large batteries, but with an intelligent overall concept for efficiency and dynamics. From 2021, the fifth generation of BMW eDrive technology will also be deployed on the BMW i4 and BMW iNEXT models.
Fully electric drive, aluminum chassis and carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) passenger cabin – this is how the BMW i3 (combined consumption: 0.0 l / 100 km; electric consumption: 13.1 kWh / 100 km; CO2 combined emissions: 0 g / km) still convincingly asserts its role as a pioneer in premium electric mobility almost seven years after its debut. Thanks to the lightweight carbon material, the BMW i3 achieves sporty driving performance even with a relatively small battery, the vehicle weight being at the same level as that of a conventional model in its segment. The synchronous electric motor of the BMW i3 generates a maximum power of 125 kW / 170 hp, even reaching 135 kW / 184 hp in the case of the BMW i3 (combined consumption: 0.0 l / 100 km; combined electric consumption: 14, 6 – 14.0 kWh / 100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g / km).
The more powerful version of the drive system is also deployed in the MINI Cooper SE. The most crucial difference with the BMW i3s is that MINI’s first purely electric vehicle is equipped with front-wheel drive, which is characteristic of the brand. In contrast, the BMW i3 and BMW i3 are based on the classic concept of rear-wheel drive. The flexibility of BMW eDrive technology is also reflected in the model-specific version of the high-voltage battery, which is T-shaped and located deep in the vehicle floor. As a result, the amount of space available for the occupants as well as the luggage compartment volume in the MINI Cooper SE are exactly the same as those of the conventionally powered model variants of the MINI 3-door.
The best of both worlds: plug-in hybrid models from BMW and MINI.
Thanks to an intelligently controlled interaction between the two drive systems, the plug-in hybrid models from BMW and MINI combine the best of two worlds. They facilitate purely electric driving in urban traffic and when traveling between home and work, as well as a long overall range for long-distance journeys. Electric autonomy is increased thanks to intensive regeneration during the coasting and deceleration phases. In addition, intelligent energy management offers the possibility of saving high voltage battery capacity specifically for local emission-free driving in built-up areas. Pre-conditioning of the passenger compartment is standard and guarantees optimized comfort in all seasons thanks to auxiliary heating and air conditioning.
In the plug-in hybrid models of the BMW 7 Series, the BMW X5 xDrive45e (combined fuel consumption: 2.1 – 1.6 l / 100 km; combined energy consumption: 23.5 – 21.3 kWh / 100 km ; combined CO2 emissions: 47 – 37 g / km) and the all-new BMW 545 e xDrive Sedan (combined fuel consumption: 2.4 – 2.1 l / 100 km; combined electricity consumption: 16, 3 – 15.3 kWh / 100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 54 – 49 g / km), the electric motor, which is integrated in the Steptronic transmission, works in conjunction with a six-cylinder in-line petrol engine, delivering 290 kW / 394 hp system power.
A typical combination of sportiness and durability also characterizes models whose plug-in hybrid systems include a four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor which is also integrated into the 8-speed Steptronic transmission. Under particularly high loads, the system power generated by both powertrains can be increased by an additional 30 kW / 40 hp for a short time. This XtraBoost function increases the power of the system, for example during kick-down maneuvers, up to 215 kW / 292 hp, allowing a much more spontaneous power development than is the case with conventional petrol and diesel engines . In the BMW 3 Series and BMW 5 Series, this plug-in hybrid system is offered for four models respectively, with sedans and Touring models available with four-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. In addition, the driving experience of the BMW X3 xDrive30e (combined fuel consumption: 2.4 – 2.1 l / 100 km; combined energy consumption: 16.7 – 16.0 kWh / 100 km; emissions of CO2 in the combined cycle: 54 – 47 g / km) benefits from two engines and four-wheel drive.
Sporty diversity is a common feature of plug-in hybrid models from BMW and MINI in the premium compact segment. It is the result of hybrid-specific all-wheel drive technology unique in the competitive environment. The electric motor delivers torque to the rear wheels via a single-stage transmission. The three-cylinder gasoline engine transfers power to a 6-speed Steptronic transmission and drives the front wheels. The result is an overall system power of 162 kW / 220 hp in the BMW X1 xDrive25e (combined fuel consumption: 1.9 l / 100 km; combined energy consumption 13.8 kWh / 100 km; CO2 emissions in combined cycle: 43 g / km) respectively and 162 kW / 220 hp in the BMW X2 xDrive25e (combined fuel consumption: 1.9 l / 100 km; combined energy consumption: 13.7 kWh / 100 km; emissions of CO2 combined: 43 g / km) respectively and 162 kW / 220 hp in the MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 (combined cycle consumption: 2.0 – 1.7 l / 100 km; combined electricity consumption: 14, 0 – 13.1 kWh / 100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 45 – 40 g / km). The BMW 225xe Active Tourer (combined fuel consumption: 1.9 l / 100 km; combined energy consumption: 13.5 kWh / 100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 42 g / km) delivers system power of 165 kW / 224 hp.
With innovative digital services, the BMW Group actively contributes to increasing the proportion of electric driving offered by plug-in hybrid models. The BMW eDrive Zone function triggers an automatic switch to pure electric operating mode as soon as the vehicle enters low-emission urban areas and similar inner-city areas. In addition, local emission-free driving with a BMW plug-in hybrid model is rewarded with the world’s unique premium program, BMW Points.
Products and services from BMW Charging and MINI Charging make charging easy and comfortable at home and on the go. These encompass different types of Wallboxes, including the installation service, individual offers for the purchase of green electricity and access to the world’s largest network of public charging stations comprising more than 155,000 charging points. in Europe alone. In addition, the BMW Group is significantly expanding its corporate charging infrastructure to around 4,100 charging points in Germany alone.
From raw material to recycling: focus on the entire value chain.
The BMW Group combines the further development of electric mobility with a holistic understanding of sustainability, while always keeping in mind the entire value chain and the entire production cycle – from the supply of raw materials, to the production and service life of the vehicle until subsequent recycling. . Today, the total environmental impact of a plug-in hybrid model, known as the CO2 footprint, is already significantly lower than that of a conventionally powered vehicle. The BMW X1 xDrive25e, for example, already achieves a value 31% lower than that of the corresponding petrol model when using the charging current of the European electric mix over its entire life cycle. If the vehicle uses green electricity exclusively for its entire lifespan, the CO2 footprint is still 55% lower.
For the future, the BMW Group is developing, among other things, a sustainable reusable material cycle for battery cells. The main commodities, cobalt and lithium, come exclusively from suppliers who meet strict standards for ecological and social sustainability. They are obtained by the BMW group and passed on to the producers of battery cells. The latest generation BMW eDrive electric motor is produced without raw materials from so-called rare earths. In addition, electricity produced from renewable sources is used exclusively for the production of all components of the latest generation BMW eDrive technology. Thus, around 10 million tonnes of CO2 emissions will be avoided over the next ten years.
Overall, starting this year, all BMW Group production sites around the world will be supplied with 100% green electricity. The company will also significantly increase the proportion of secondary materials used in its new vehicles. In the future, the continued use and recycling of high voltage batteries will become of major importance. After being used in vehicles fitted with electrified drive systems, they can serve as stationary storage units for wind and solar energy, which is currently the case at the premises of the BMW plant in Leipzig. Efficient recycling of raw materials only follows after that. While a 50% recycling quota is currently requested across Europe, the BMW Group and German recycling specialist Duesenfeld have jointly developed a process whereby a recycling quota of over 95% is planned – including graphite and electrolyte.