BMW Accelerates Plug-In Electric Car Development

2 years ago by Eric Loveday 16

BMW CEO Harald Krueger

BMW CEO Harald Kruger

BMW i

BMW i

BMW CEO Harald Kruger says that the German automaker is accelerating its development efforts on its i plug-in electric car sub brand.

As BMWBLOG explains:

“In an interview with Handelsblatt, Mr. Krüger said BMW’s focus will increasingly shift to electric cars. The strict emission limits for diesel engines is part of the reason behind the decision.”

It seems that the Volkswagen diesel gate scandal is having a far-reaching impact.

BMWBLOG adds:

“Without diesel engines, automakers will be unable to reach the European Union’s fuel consumption and emissions limits planned for 2020 and beyond, Krüger said.”

Quoting Kruger:

“But in the future, the point will be reached at which it will be simply uneconomical to adapt diesel drive systems to the requirements of an increasingly ambitious legislation. Then electric mobility will play the decisive role.”

As we all know, electric mobility is the future. The gas/diesel engine is on its ways out in the passenger vehicle segment. It only a matter of time before all automakers come to this realization.

Source: BMWBLOG

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16 responses to "BMW Accelerates Plug-In Electric Car Development"

  1. Speculawyer says:

    For a few years there, the Germans were really dragging their feet on EVs. They just did not give them much respect.

    But I think the success of the Tesla Model S and Dieselgate really lit a fire under their butts.

    1. Kosh says:

      Which is odd, from a (albeit stereotyped) culture that obsesses on efficiency and precision….. ever seen the lines on the glasses in restaurants? 🙂

    2. SparkEV says:

      So they Spark EV? Sorry, couldn’t resist. 🙂

      1. mr. M says:

        Lol 🙂

    3. Karl Ratzinger says:

      It’s not because of Tesla, the BMW i3 or other EVs that Germans are given that idea that we are dragging our feet toward EVs. It’s due to the infrastructure that EVs require and mostly because we still prefer our manual transmission ICE burners to drive. I like my EV, but Im still in love driving my 2004 M3.

      1. Speculawyer says:

        EVs really don’t require much infrastructure besides a reserved night-time parking spot where you can install a charger. But a reserved night-time parking spot where you can install a charger is something that seems to be lacking in much of Europe.

  2. Mike I says:

    I think the Power e-Drive system will be a good way for BMW to leverage electrification to maintain the character of their product and meet ever more stringent regulations. I think their biggest challenge will be finding the right battery to hit their power and energy density targets.

  3. pk says:

    “But in the future, the point will be reached at which it will be simply uneconomical to adapt diesel drive systems to the requirements of an increasingly ambitious legislation. Then electric mobility will play the decisive role”

    He doesn’t sound at all like he’s “all in” with electrification. More like he feels he forced that way by increasing ambitious legislation.

    1. ffbj says:

      That popped out at me too. I think it is just corporate speak. Instead would he could have said, progressive legislation that curbs emissions, but I think not.

      Maybe increased scrutiny of pollution produced by non evs, would be more accurate as there is lots of legislation already in place regarding amounts of pollution. It’s just you can’t trust the car companies to comply with it.
      Clearly he would not say something like that, but we can all read between the lines.
      In some ways he is acting like a kid with his hand caught in the cookie jar.

  4. Khai L. says:

    Would love to see if BMW takes sales away from Mercedes, especially since MB recently said that they weren’t planning on any EV’s for the forseeable future.

  5. CDAVIS says:

    Taking on a task reluctantly born out of necessity = Find all means to delay.

    Taking on a task enthusiastically born out of passion = Find all means not to delay.

    It’s that simple…and is the “why” Tesla is outpacing traditional car makers in the EV space.

  6. M. St. J. says:

    Hope they get my model III to me quickly

  7. pjwood1 says:

    “.. it will be simply uneconomical to adapt diesel drive systems to the requirements”

    Europe is headed for a 95gr CO2/Km, in 2020, I think. You can’t get that without a plug, unless the allowable gap from reg to reality (as with CAFE) exists.

    95grams/Km, when accepting about 21lbs of CO2 per gallon, means you’d have to pretty much hit 60 mpg. If real, I think 2020 may be the blood from stone point, of strictly using ICE/ICE hybrid. Plug-time, to at least balance the fleet out.

  8. offib says:

    GOOD News, everyone!