Insideline has posted its first ride impressions of the BMW Vision EfficientyDynamics hybrid concept, saying that it is destined to be a BMW halo car and that it’s set to blow customers away.
Besides a brief spot in a BMW commercial, the BMW VED has only been seen in photos. We now bring you a live motion video of the VED in motion, looking even more stunning than ever. The VED was just officially announced for production this morning. Details/photos here – http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=451007
It’s officially official! The BMW Vision EfficientDynamics plug-in hybrid sports car production has been announced by BMW! The 2+2-seater will feature the futuristic BMW styling language, geared consistently towards aesthetic appeal and dynamic performance. Wing doors facilitate entry to both rows of seats, while extensive aerodynamic measures reduce the drag coefficient to 0.22. The combination of a 3-cylinder turbo diesel with a hybrid synchronous motor at the front axle and a full-hybrid engine at the rear axle enables an overall system output of 241 kW/328 bhp. The innovative design of the BMW ActiveHybrid technology allows performance figures at the level of a sports car, with just 4.8 seconds required for the sprint from zero to 100 km/h – with an average fuel consumption in the … CONTINUED
The mobility of the future is under construction in Leipzig. The BMW Group is expanding its plant in Leipzig to make it the first location in Germany equipped to handle the large-scale production of zero-emission electric cars. In the period up to 2013, around €400 million will be invested at the plant in new buildings and machinery for the production of the Megacity Vehicle (MCV). Some 800 jobs will be created in the process. The plant expansion was launched on Friday by German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel and Dr Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, together with the Prime Minister of the German state of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich, and the Governor of Washington state in the US, Chris Gregoire.
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Some weeks ago, we brought you news that the Vision Efficient Dynamics was approved for production. This has now been reconfirmed by another report from Autobild which reports on the progress the VED is making on its way to production. They also mention again that an M version is being evaluated.
BMW is not expecting to earn any profits with its first generation electric vehicles, such as the upcoming Megacity Vehicle, until possibly the second product cycle. BMW’s conventional drive cars will subsidize the company’s foray into electrical cars.
The combustion engine drivetrain for the production Vision Efficient Dynamics (gasoline motor version) has been revealed to be from the BMW Concept Active 5, a twinpower turbo straight-six gasoline engine with elecric drive and eight-speed automatic transmission. A fully hybrid version of the VED will follow later.
AMS reports that BMW’s board has decided to green-light the Vision Efficient Dynamics for production at the Leipzig plant. The BMW VED is scheduled to hit the market in 2013 using a regular combustion engine. The drivetrain concept shown at last year’s unveiling of the VED (1.5l Diesel engine + two e-motors) is said to follow later. In other news, this report also mentions that the Leipzig plant is said to produce the new entry level BMW car.
We bring you the first photos of the all-electric BMW Concept ActiveE 1-series production model. Compared to concept version, the production ActiveE receives more conventional wheels and tires, a different front bumper, a new hood with a bump, new headlight design, and “E Drive” badges. The upcoming lifecycle impulse (aka “LCI” or “facelift) changes to the 1-series coupe and cabrio are seen here with new rear and front headlight lenses with LED technology and more reprofiled aerodynamics in the bumpers. The 1-series coupe and cabrio LCI, along with the 1M and Active E will be seen for the first time at the NAIAS in Detroit this early January.
Also similar to the Mini E electric car, the ActiveE is powered by a rear-mounted electric motor that … CONTINUED