BMW to plug-in its first diesel hybrid

BMW will produce the a diesel plug-in hybrid version of its EfficientDynamics concept sports car.

The EfficientDynamics concept at the LA Auto Show.

BMW ends rumor, confirms production of Efficient Dynamics plug-in hybrid concept

It's been pretty clear that BMW's EfficienctDynamics concept was going to eventually result in some sort of production vehicle, but today BMW confirmed at least one variant, a diesel plug-in hybrid that will hit 60 in just 4.8 seconds while achieving 63 mpg.

Sure, this hybrid will be a toy only for the rich kids, but there are some pretty interesting developments in this plug-in hybrid that could eventually reach beyond the caviar crowd. For instance, the 1.5-liter, turbo-diesel three-cylinder engine could help spark a trend in downsized engine production, as the engine is already slated for use in other upcoming BMW vehicles. Combined with two electric motors, the EfficientDynamics production vehicle will provide 328 horsepower and offer a top speed of 150 mph.

More interesting, however, is the carbon fiber body of this coupe. As with the upcoming Megacity plug-in vehicle, carbon fiber is becoming a critical complimentary technology for BMW's plug-in vehicles. If carbon fiber costs could be reduced and mainstreamed, the impact upon the auto industry would be massive, even revolutionary if also harnessed into battery power.

Anyway, the production version of the EfficientDynamics plug-in hybrid is expected to undergo some cosmetic changes, and AutoWeek is reporting that even a gasoline-engined version is possible for the US market. For now, however, the diesel version offers 30 miles of EV range, with the diesel engine extending range up to another 370 miles.

Expect the EfficientDynamics production plug-in vehicle to hit dealerships in October of 2013, with a price in the $150,000 range.

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