Today, BMW– the world’s largest maker of luxury vehicles– announced plans that they will now be offering plug-in hybrid versions for all of their main models, including their best-selling 3-series sedan.
This decision was no doubt influenced by increasing emissions regulations, and even more than that, driver’s demands for fuel efficiency and clean energy. This move also coincides with increased speculation about BMW’s possible partnership with Tesla– the world’s premier maker of electric car batteries (a smart, game changing move for BMW as we enter an all-new “electric era”).
Alongside of this announcement, BMW will also be debuting the prototype for the plug-in hybrid 3-series today in Miramas, France.
Herbert Deiss, member of the Board of Management BMW AG, Development, says, “When it comes to the electrification of the drivetrain, we are deliberately developing a wide-ranging expertise in order to offer our customers worldwide the ideal solution.”
“The plug-in hybrid models presented in Miramas are equipped with a highly efficient internal combustion engine and an electric motor powered by an externally rechargeable high-voltage battery. Shorter-distance urban trips or commutes can be completed on electric power only. On longer journeys, the vehicle will usually operate in “combined mode”, with both systems working together.”
The fun doesn’t stop with the 3-series, either. The German carmaker also plans to debut a plug-in hybrid version of the X5 SUV and other core-brands. The company has also said that releases of electric versions of the Mini and Rolls-Royce brands are a strong possibility for the near future.
Until now, BMW has been primarily known for their “I” sub-brand when it comes to clean energy vehicles. The first cars that came from the BMW I line were the i3 battery-powered city car and the i8 plug-in hybrid super car. or the most part, these vehicles have been largely overshadowed by Tesla’s line of vehicles, which offer better performance at a cheaper price. A possible partnership with their stiffest competition would be huge for BMW!