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