BMW Ditches Diesel In Favor Of Plug-In Hybrids In U.S.

SEP 14 2018 BY MARK KANE 18

BMW is expected to resign from the diesel version of the new X5 in the U.S.

When diesel sales plummeted after Volkswagen’s dieselgate, BMW was saying it would not write off diesel, but with the announcement of the new X5 xDrive45e plug-in hybrid, there is no info on the diesel version of the X5.

Green Car Reports learned that BMW intends to get rid of diesel cars from its entire lineup pretty soon in the U.S.:

“A BMW spokesman told Green Car Reports on Tuesday that it will drop diesels from its lineup for 2019.

“We’re putting all our eggs in the PHEV basket,” said BMW spokesman Alexander Schmuck.”

“The spokesman also said the upcoming X5 xDrive45e will use an inline-6, which will be easier for the company to meet California’s SULEV clean-air standards.”

In the updated news, BMW has clarified its statement that the final decision has not been made so there is still a chance for X5 diesel, but you can feel that even if German manufacturer decides to give it a few more years, the end is still near.

“The final decision as to whether or not the BMW X5 diesel variant will come to the U.S. market has not been made. BMW of North America continues to monitor customer preferences and is prepared to adjust the product portfolio accordingly.”

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Source: Green Car Reports

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18 Comments on "BMW Ditches Diesel In Favor Of Plug-In Hybrids In U.S."

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Dear BMW Executive Management,

There are media reports that BMW will in U.S. be replacing all its diesel offerings with PHEVs.

FYI, any BMW PHEV with less than 40 miles AER-EPA will result in low unit sales. Offering low vs high AER options is not advised as it will overly confuse the PHEV offering… best to stick with a single AER option.

BMW setting AER range to meet minimum U.S. compliance thresholds is not advised if units sales is your primary consideration.

Lastly, BMW hybrids are a *temporary* bridge-solution until such time BMW can scale/cost battery supply (to support full battery minimum 250mile range) along with access to a robust convenient and reliable fast charge network for those occasional long distance trips. Your current number one competitor in U.S. and Western Europe has solved that challenge ahead of you. The longer this condition remains the more BMW customer base you will continue to lose to that competitor. It would be a miscalculation to assume that converting BMW diesel to hybrids will materially mitigate this existing condition. Time is of the essence to address this challenge… error on side of being grossly over aggressive (by traditional automotive standards) is highly recommended.

Best Regards.

Yes, a BMW plugin, especially in this price range, should have 40 miles of real EPA range minimum. Then, it’s an effective tool to reduce pollution, not to mention the additional torque the electric motor will add.

As for EV’s if you can’t get batteries at scale, this is a good first step.

As Diesel micro-particles are cancer inducing, along with the additional stink of the diesel this is a smart move by BMW. Diesel cars give the brand a bad image. Converting the fleet to plugin’s which have more advantages to diesel for the customer base, the sooner the better.

These Plugin’s should have the ability to pre-heat or cool the cabin IN A GARAGE.
I emphasize that, because many people don’t get the clue that starting a gas engine to pre-heat can be suicidal. So, the east-coast of the US should be looking forward to this transition.

Also, I welcome the return of the straight-six, the smoothest gas engine ever built.
Never the less, it won’t be better then a pure EV. I would encourage BMW to continue to think of replacing the entire fleet with EV’s.

BMW has NEVER sold any kind of 6 other than a straight 6. Daimler Benz which transitioned to V6s about 20 years ago IS returning to the unbent kind.

Eh…even 35 miles or at least 30…would be OK. 40 is really tough for those big boxy SUVs. Of course, I would say stop making boxy cars but carmakers seem to think that the consumers will insist on them.

I’d hate to own a gas station right now off the interstates. What do you do with the green pumps?

Put in “green” pumps (AKA EV chargers 🙂 )

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“Wawa gas stations becoming Tesla charging stations too!” source:

Sell more cigarettes and vaping widgets.

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There is a substantial fleet of existing diesel cars and an ever growing fleet of gonzo big diesel pickups. Doh!

This is good news and in combination with the long electric range of the new X5 it shows how serious BMW is about electrifying. Now, if only Asian and US automakers could do the same. It seems that German auto makers are the ones most eager to switch to EV (which is good, of course!)

Let the Japanese car makers sleep into bankruptcy, after what Lexus has been propagandizing.

“Now, if only Asian and US automakers could do the same”.

Kia and Hyundai are well ahead of the Germans.

Hyundai/Kia are barely at 1% of their sales being plugins…. hardly ahead of “the Germans”.

A full hybrid will beat diesel in fuel efficiency and that’s why hybrids are increasing in Europe while diesel is declining.
All it needs is a 1.5 – 2 KWh battery which will cost $400 + motor ($800) + other control systems bringing the total to just $2,000.
This is not only a cheaper option but also can get 30 – 40% increase in fuel efficiency over gasoline and 10 – 15% over diesel.
If they can add a plug and a 15 KWh battery for a 31 mile / 50 km range, well and good, this will cover 80% of the trips and reduce gasoline/diesel.

Europe has FINALLY realized that there love of diesels was very misguided trip down the wrong technology path. Yeah, you get slightly better mileage with diesel. But those particulates and NO2 are AWFUL. It has really polluted their cities bad.

If they insist on building boxy NON-aerodynamic vehicles, that is the way to go. But they risk being bypassed by EVs if battery prices keep coming down.

They better put bigger batteries in though…those 10 mile range European compliance cars are pathetic weaksauce.

I have enjoyed my 2014 BMW X5 Diesel for four years and have been rewarded with 33mpg highway consumption. I was going to trade it in for a 2019 diesel, but now that they are being dropped from their line I am now considering the Gas/EV HyBrid. However, with only an estimated 40 miles of range on electric, I will again hold off until someone can produce an EV with at least 80-100 miles on electric. Should be a no brained for BMW if they really want to be in the EV game. I do not see the advantage of spending upwards of $80k now, when, within two years someone other than Tesla’s will be out there such as Mercedes, Porsche, Jag or other luxury manufacturer. I HOPE SOMEONR FROM BMW READS THIS AND IS PUT ON NOTICE. I CANNOT BE THE ONLY ONE OUT THERE WAITING FOR A MID RANGE EV. Email me BMW, would love to hear what you have to say regarding this post.