BMW Board Member Discusses Next-Generation Power eDrive PHEV Platform


Klaus Fröhlich, BMW’s new research and development boss

Klaus Fröhlich, BMW’s new research and development boss

German brands like BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz seem to strongly believe in plug-in hybrid cars – at least at this stage significantly more so than they do in all-electric cars.

BMW intends to introduce a new set of plug-in hybrids, beside the BMW i subbrand.

Klaus Fröhlich, BMW’s new research and development boss (check interview with Automotive News), said that the new platform Power eDrive will enable 600 km (373 miles) of total range.

All-electric mode of course will be a small part of total range, but BMW expects that on average 80% of the daily traffic will be electric miles.

Seems bold, as we know that Chevrolet Volt with its large battery pack reached somewhere around that 80% mark. Anyways, BMW plans to make plug-in hybrids of all its core models.

“A Power eDrive technology demonstrator vehicle has already been set up in order to gain insights for potential use in future vehicle architectures of medium and higher vehicle segments.

Fröhlich said that the positive response to the BMW i3 shows that a purely battery-electric drive in small- to medium-sized vehicles for urban mobility with typical daily driving cycles represents an attractive solution today. However, longer distance requirements can be best met with plug-in hybrid drives—i.e., Power eDrive.”

Source: BMW via Green Car Congress

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13 responses to "BMW Board Member Discusses Next-Generation Power eDrive PHEV Platform"
  1. David Murray says:

    When they say 80% of daily driving.. that should be very easy. I think when people talk about the Volt, I think that 80% number thrown around is total miles. So that would include those long, unusual trips.

    1. Mike I says:

      I think the Volt’s figure also includes the small population of vehicles that are never plugged in.

      1. Andrew says:

        Exacerbated by ~1,000 GE corporate company cars wherein employees were given an free gasoline card but had to pay their own electric bills. As a result, a substantial pool of gen 1 Volts skewed things.

    2. Brian says:

      I was thinking the same thing. This sounds like some clever wording to make their product SOUND as good as their competitor’s, even though it may not be…

      Or it could mean what Mark assumes, and could be true for their typical European drivers.

  2. PVH says:

    Dear carmakers,

    Please build for me a PHEV with 30 miles all electric range coupled to a rather small diesel ICE (1.4 or 1.6l)) for long distance driving. All that for less than 25K EUR retail price. However if you manage to increase battery density to about 300Wh/kg and deliver a 250-300 miles BEV for same price I would prefer it to the PHEV I just described. Before that I will just stick to my adorable, frugal, odorless, quiet, torky & reliable TDI….signature: A European mainstream customer.

    1. pjwood1 says:

      By “EUR”, I’m guessing you haven’t got an American TDI. Between the two cats, EGR, flap and DPF, all in the exhuast chain taking care of air compliance, these cars can be a lot of $$ trouble. The Particulate Filters, in VW’s case, can’t be opened and fixed. They cost $2,500. Stop me.

      1. PVH says:

        I agree those engines are too complicated, this is one of the reason why I would rather have an electric car but with a reasonable range and reasonable price. Its all up to that.

    2. Priusmaniac says:

      Actually the European mainstream would simply like a larger i3 with 100 miles ev range and a more compact rex.
      The gap between 30 miles and 200 miles is simply to big to be left unfilled.

  3. Alex says:

    They only want to sell their old gasoline engines to get good service costs…and build in baby batteries, only PHEV with good battery ist the Volt.

  4. Lensman says:

    At least according to, the ratio for average Volt is 71%/29% electric/gas-powered miles.

    It seems extremely unlikely or even impossible that any PHEV is going to achieve more than that unless it has a larger battery pack than the Volt’s. I think BMW is just blowing smoke when they claim 80%. You’ll note that they don’t actually claim to have a large battery pack.

  5. pjwood1 says:

    Good things. “80%”, no matter how sliced, makes an EREV number out of a PHEV. BMW didn’t just tuck batteries where there was room in the i3. Numbers like this mean we may also be getting the more purposeful construction.

  6. PVH says:

    My guess is just that all those executives are Germans so they think European driving, with typicalli shorter commutes to work as compared to the USA. With a daily shorter commute one can reach 80% all electric driving with a smaller battery.

    1. Priusmaniac says:

      Well if the volt with 38 ev miles only achieves 68 % of overall ev driving, 30 ev miles is not going to deliver 80 % and even less the desired 95+%.