I Luv this Eco-Friendly BMW

Posted: October 19, 2009 in Sports Cars
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I was watching the local documentary on the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show and I fell in love with this car. I love cars and i can have them only in my dreams but this new BMW literally takes my breath away…

BMW Vision Concept Front

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Yes people this is the  BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept.  According to Motorauthority.com  the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept is a sportscar in the BMW vein, with promised M-car performance levels. However, it gets there in a completely new way: with a diesel plug-in hybrid powertrain. There’s a direct-injection, 1.5-liter, 163-hp, three-cylinder turbodiesel, two electric motors (one per axle), a set of lithium-ion batteries, and a software controller that modulates and marries both powertrains to a combined total of 356 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. The EfficientDynamics concept uses all three in tandem or selectively, alternately driving the rear wheels, front wheels or all four wheels depending on the need and condition. The Vision concept can whip out a 4.8-second 0-60 mph run and carry on to an electronically limited 155 mph top speed – and yet it still delivers a 63 mpg rating.

To mitigate the fuel efficiency penalty paid for power, the BMW Vision utilizes plug-in hybrid technology. This is where the Vision becomes more of a fantasy. The combination of diesel and hybrid technologies is widely viewed as cost prohibitive. Adding enough battery power to allow the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics to travel for 30 miles of all-electric drive, as BMW is promising, would send costs through the roof.

BMW also indicates that the Vision only needs a 187-pound 10.8 kWh battery to achieve the 30-mile all-electric goal. To pull that off, the Vision, according to BMW, will discharge the battery pack’s capacity by 80 percent, which is likely to significantly reduce the longevity of the battery.

The price – It would likely cost $100,000 or higher…

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