The BMW Group is preparing to follow up its BMW i models with plug-in hybrid versions of the core-brand models.
In Miramas, France, it will present a BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype and a new generation of hybrid vehicle concepts incorporating technology already used in BMW i models. Long term, the BMW Group is planning to offer plug-in hybrid versions of all its core-brand models.
Herbert Diess, Member of the Board of Management BMW AG, Development, said:“All BMW Group models benefit from BMW i. The fundamental technology involved in battery cells, electric motors and the power electronics will be used in our upcoming plug-in hybrid models.”
The plug-in hybrid models presented in Miramas will be equipped with an 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 electric motor and power electronics are directly based on the BMW eDrive technology already used in the BMW i3 and BMW i8 models. The prototype’s lithium-ion battery, including the battery management system and direct cooling system, are likewise based on BMW i experience and know-how.
The plug-in hybrid technology can be integrated in a wide variety of vehicle concepts. It will therefore be possible to deploy it rapidly across the BMW model range.