BMW Issues Statement On 588 MPG EfficientDynamics Plug-In Hybrid Research Car


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According to German media, BMW is hard at work to develop a car with a fuel economy of 0.4 liter per 100 km or 588 MPG. Apparently at a meeting for e-mobility BMW has shown the German media a prototype similar to the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics.

After a consultation with BMW, we can now release a few more details about the project and thus bring a little more light into the darkness.

First, the Munich showcase of that prototype was never really intended for the public and it is not scheduled for mass production. At least for now. Rather, it is a BMW project that tests what is technically feasible: space for four people, around 350 liters of boot volume, about 180 km/h top speed and 0.4 liters fuel consumption per 100 kilometers.

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These impressive values ​​have been achieved thanks to consistent lightweight construction with the help of a lot of carbon, the wind tunnel testing to achieve a drag coefficient of 0.18, optimized aerodynamics and a plug-in hybrid drive with significantly increased range using electric power.

Although a mass production of this vehicle is planned, we will get individual items first.

Many already compare the unnamed project with the VW XL1 due to the desire for minimal consumption. But BMW would certainly like to build a car that is more suitable for every day use, for example four instead of two seats, considerably more luggage space and a better drag coefficient.

In a statement for our sister-magazine Bimmertoday, BMW says that the technology platform of this project will focus on “individual mobility, lightweight body construction, revolutionary unconventional exterior with benchmark aerodynamic values ​​and a plug-in hybrid drive with significantly increased electric driving experience and significantly improved overall range.

Furthermore, BMW says the vehicle is roadworthy and approved with a special authorization to operate on public roads.A launch of this vehicle is planned and it is mainly used for further formal pre-development projects,” BMW says.

“It is conceivable that individual components and elements incorporated in this research vehicle will be part of future production models.”

It remains to be seen if this secret project is the basis for the rumored BMW i5 or the electric SUV.

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8 responses to "BMW Issues Statement On 588 MPG EfficientDynamics Plug-In Hybrid Research Car"
  1. Anon says:

    Just a couple more experimental generations, and we get their flying model! *–squee!!–*

  2. DonC says:

    This is great. Shows what you can do. The Cd is truly awesome!

    1. Yes, it is! Bring it on, BMW!

  3. jsmay311 says:

    Oh, come on.

    How do you write this article without pointing out the obvious: That this “588 MPG” number is a BS figure from a BS Euro drive cycle that doesn’t account for any of the electricity used from plug-in hybrid vehicles?

    I seriously hope that no one at InsideEV’s ACTUALLY thinks that it’s physically possible to make a 4 passenger vehicle that’s 12 TIMES(!) more efficient than a Prius. 😀

    Carbon fiber may be light, but it’s not magic. 😛

    1. Nix says:

      It actually sounds even worse than that.

      I think they are using the trick of just counting how many gallons of gas the vehicle uses, and ignoring the electricity consumed by the PHEV. Basically, they are just designing a PHEV with a long pure EV range, and then just counting the expected amount of gas it will use when running in EV mode most of the time.

      I say this because they are not using any sort of MPGe type of measurement, which would include equivalent units of electricity. They are using liters (gallons) only.

      There isn’t necessarily anything wrong with using this metric, IF they make it clear that this is what they are talking about, and also provide MPGe or miles per kilowatt or some other metric that includes actual consumption of electricity. But I’m not seeing any of that here.

      1. Nix says:

        I re-read my post, and I got sort of off my original point when adding stuff in the middle.

        The worst part that I was trying to talk about, is that they don’t even bother giving MPGe, or kilometers per kWh, etc. Leaving folks to just guess about the actual efficiency.

        Sorry. Posting between handling stuff at work doesn’t lead to the most coherent posts….

    2. Rich says:

      Gas powered cars in 2032 … I doubt it.

      1. Anon says:

        Exactly. Not at the current rate of planetary warming from anthropogenic sources.