BMW planning plug-in hybrid’s across entire line, starting with X5 SUV

BMW plotting plug-in hybrid's across entire line, starting with X5 SUVSpeaking at the Australian launch of the BMW X5 this week, BMW’s head of production line for generous vehicles, Peter Wolf, told that the BMW's intention is to electrify their entire product line. The company is getting ready to launch sales of the BMW i3 electric city car, and the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car. Next on their list is the BMW X5 eDrive, a Plug-in Hybrid SUV.
Wolf told, an Australian automotive news website, that "battery packaging issues" were the primary glide over before BMW would start building plug-in hybrid versions of their entire product line. Today the company has Hybrid versions of several models in their product line, and they "are plotting to have a plug-in hybrid [vehicle] in each and each model series."
The BMW X5 eDrive was shown earlier in September at the 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA). It combines a turbo-exciting four-cylinder combustion engine with a 70 kW/95 hp electric motor. The battery pack provides enough range for 20 miles of all electric pouring. It uses the BMW xDrive technology to offer superior pouring characteristics via electronically controlled and fully variable distribution of drive between its adjoin and rear wheels. Power generated by either gas engine, electric motor, or both, is intelligently channeled to the rear or adjoin wheels in the precise ratio de rigueur for excellent propulsion and handling. BMW says this design will give assured traction and optimised stability in all weather and road conditions, coupled with increased agility through dynamically taken corners.
The electrified drive train enables BMW's engineers to unlock impressive potential for reducing fuel consumption and emissions. Fuel efficiency is said to be very high, perhaps above 60 MPG, while the emissions are the same as the Toyota Prius, or under 90 grams per kilometer.
Availability of the X5 eDrive is still unknown, with Wolf is saying that the vehicle is nearly ready to be launched, just not in 2014.

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BMW Presented i8 Concept Spyder

BMW i brand debuts its third concept – following the i8 and the i3. Known as the BMW i8 Concept Spyder, the concept is just a top version of the i8, loses the two rear seats and offers some sexy convertible looks.
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“Among the most eye-catching features of the BMW i8 Concept Spyder are the upward-swiveling, windowless doors and a range of purpose-oriented on-board equipment including electric kick-boards stowed under a transparent tailgate,” BMW said in a statement. “The sports car is based around the innovative LifeDrive architecture, itself underpinned by a lightweight modular construction and the use of high-quality high-tech materials.”

Power for the BMW i8 Spyder Concept comes from the same setup as the coupe. A 131-hp electric-motor drives the front axle while a 1.5 liter 3-cylinder gasoline engine producing 220-hp and 221 lb-ft of torque moves the rear axle. Together, the system produced 349-hp and 405 lb-ft of torque.

Mated to a twin-speed transmission, the BMW i8 Spyder Concept runs from 0 to 62 mph in less than 5 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. On a full charge of its lithium-ion battery, the BMW i8 provides all-electric driving range of approximately 20 miles with a total range of around 400 miles. BMW says that the two-seater burns just three liters of petrol per 100 kilometers, which comes out to around 78 miles per gallon.

Will it enter production? Looks likely. One thing you can tell when you compare the i8 coupe to the i8 spider, is that the latter seems to be closer to a production version.

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