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Super Cool Hybrid Cars in Development by BMW and VW

Updated on March 3, 2011

BMW Race Inspired Hybrid Automobiles

BMW is developing a race inspired hybrid automobile that uses 2 electric motors and one high efficiency diesel motor. This car is a long ways from being production ready but is said to have M-Car performance. M Series BMW automobiles are designed for high performance. See photo of concept car above.

Carbon dioxide emissions are said to be 99g/km, or 50g/km on the EU electricity mix cycle.  Its battery pack can also be charged by a common-rail direct-injection 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbodiesel ahead of the rear axle. BMW is widely thought to be readying an engine of this type for general production for both the next 1-Series due in two years and the 3-Series.

With the help of regenerative braking and an idle-stop function, the Vision has an electric-only range of 50km and a total driving range of 700km.

Offering a full-hybrid concept, the BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics concept car is powered by a three-cylinder turbodiesel and two electric motors. Overall system output is 262 kW/356 hp, maximum torque 800 Newton-metres/590 lb-ft. All-wheel drive featuring an electric motor on both the front and rear axle.

Anticipated performance: Acceleration from a standstill to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds, top speed 250 km/h (155 mph) (electronically limited) , fuel consumption in the EU test cycle 3.76 litres/100 km (equal to 75.1 mph imp), CO2 emissions 99 grams/kilometre.

As a plug-in hybrid, BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics is able to cover the entire fuel consumption drive cycle under electric power alone. Taking the sources of energy used for generating the electric power consumed into account (EU electricity mix), this reduces the CO2 emission rating to just 50 grams per kilometre.

BMW Hybrid Concept Car

The BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept is a full hybrid
The BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept is a full hybrid

BMW X6 Hybrid Version

BMW X6 Active Hybrid
BMW X6 Active Hybrid

BMW X6 Hybrid Spy Video

BMW X6 Hybrid Should be in the Market Soon

BMW already has the most powerful gas-electric vehicle in their BMW X6 ActiveHybrid X6, promises to be the most powerful hybrid vehicle ever offered for sale at 480 horsepower and 575 lb-ft of torque from its twin electric motors and 4.4-liter V8 engine combined.

The fuel efficiency of the hybrid CUV is improved by about 20 percent on the EU test cycle with a CO2 rating of 231 g/km. The EPA numbers won't be available until closer to US launch late this year, but expect somewhere around 18 mpg combined (up from 15 on the current V8 X6).

7 Series BMW Hybrid

BMW is developing Hybrids for all their series... this the 7 Series
BMW is developing Hybrids for all their series... this the 7 Series

BMW 7 Series Hybrid Automobile

BMW isn't taking any chances with its reputation for dynamics with the 7 Series Active Hybrid. To its 449-hp and 479-lb-ft 4.4-liter twin turbo V8 heart it adds a 60-pound, 35-cell lithium-ion battery in the boot. The battery doesn't take too much away from the trunk since it replaces the rear-seat air-conditioning unit from the standard 7

VW L1 Concept Hybrid

Volkswagon L1 Concept Hybrid Vehicle
Volkswagon L1 Concept Hybrid Vehicle

Volkswagon L1 Super High Mileage L1 Concept Hybrid Car

Volkswagen’s biggest news at the Frankfurt auto show was the L1 concept, a prototype that "is close to production" and "will be developed," the company says. Interestingly the driver sites directly in front of the passenger not side by side. Three ingredients were needed to make it happen: a supremely efficient power train, great aerodynamics, and lightweight engineering.

With a combined fuel consumption figure of 1.38 liters of diesel per 100km, this extremely aerodynamic (Cd 0.195) VW is intended to become the most fuel-efficient automobile in the world. CO2 emissions of the 160 km/h L1 are similarly low at just 36g/km.

VW has opted for a two-cylinder, 39-hp turbo-diesel engine combined with a 14-hp electric motor. There is a stop and start system and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The L1 can reach 100 mph, but fuel economy at that speed drops to a shameful 1.38 liters per 100 kilometers, or 170 mpg.

Both technically and visually, the CFRP body is a significant achievement in car design. At 12.5ft long, it’s similar to that of a VW Fox, while it’s the same height as a Lamborghini Murciélago.

Thankfully here in the United States we have such innovative Design companies in Ford and GM. Look for another hybrid box on one wants to buy coming from either soon.

Until then look to Japan for hybrids people can buy, and to Europe for Hybrid Automobiles people will want to buy.

You have got to love the look and technology behind these hypbrid vehicles.  This article was compiled from many online sources.


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