BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept to step on American land in LA

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

The BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept car is conceived as a 2+2-seater with plug-in full-hybrid technology. This unique car illustrates that the BMW EfficientDynamics objectives are fully compatible when applied to a sports car. The BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car's performance is equivalent to that of a BMW M vehicle.

What makes it even more amazing is its level of fuel efficiency and emission management that beat the current levels achieved by the latest small cars. BMW makes this possible by combining BMW ActiveHybrid components with an extremely economical combustion engine, and outstanding aerodynamic qualities.

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics came about as a result of a "clean-sheet" development process to ensure that the correct achievements were made in the areas of efficiency, driving pleasure, technology, and emotional design. To date, the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car is the most comprehensive implementation of the EfficientDynamics philosophy. With this powertrain, the car achieves a top speed limited electronically to 155 mph, and is able to accelerate to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds.

In the EU test cycle, average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle was recorded to be 3.76 liters/100 kilometers, equal to 62.6 mpg. Its CO2 emission rating is 99 grams per kilometer. In accordance with the EU formula, BMW estimates that when all emissions in the generation of electricity are taken into account, the car's emission rating is only 50 grams per kilometer.

The combination of a fuel-efficient 3-cylinder turbodiesel engine with one electric motor on each axle is what makes its power and performance possible. BMW boasts that these units plus a precisely controlled energy management simultaneously enhance the dynamic performance and the efficiency of the car.

Overall system output is recorded at 356 horsepower, and peak torque is 590 lb-ft. The special arrangement of the two motors and diesel engine allows all-wheel drive when driving in all-electric mode. As a result, there is minimum power loss. A harmonious transmission of the power is then made available under all conditions. 

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