BMW developing production version of plug-in hybrid electric Vision EfficientDynamics concept; €400M investment in Megacity Vehicle production

BMW is developing a serial production plug-in hybrid electric sports car based on the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept study shown at the Frankfurt motor show in 2009. (Earlier post.) At the Leipzig trade fair center, BMW presented a fully road-ready technology showcase vehicle based on the original BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept study.

The combination of a 3-cylinder turbo diesel with a hybrid synchronous motor at the front axle and a full-hybrid motor at the rear axle enables an overall system output of 241 kW/328 bhp. The design of the BMW ActiveHybrid technology allows performance figures at the level of a sports car, with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds, with an average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle (KV01) of 3.76 liters/100 kilometers (62.6 mpg US), and a CO2 emission rating of 99 grams per kilometer (1.3 L/100km and 33g CO2/km; EU-PHEV ECE-R101).

Wing doors facilitate entry to both rows of seats, while extensive aerodynamic measures reduce the drag coefficient to 0.22.

The lithium-polymer rechargeable battery is housed centrally in a longitudinal chassis element and can be fully charged at a conventional power socket within two and half hours. The vehicle supports an all-electric range of some 50 kilometers (31 miles), while a 24-liter diesel tank extends the total range of the vehicle to up to 700 kilometers (435 miles).

Megacity Vehicle production.BMW Group is also expanding its plant in Leipzig, Germany, with an investment of around €400 million (US$563 million) in the period up to 2013 in new buildings and machinery for the production of the electric Megacity Vehicle (MCV). (Earlier post.)

Including production of components, the BMW Group and the joint venture set up with the SGL Group for the manufacture of carbon fibres are investing a total of €530 million (US$746 million) in the project.

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