Munich/Shanghai. In the run-up to the international
automobile trade show Auto Shanghai 2011, BMW Brilliance Automotive
presents the concept of a premium-segment plug-in hybrid sedan. In
collaboration with its joint venture partner Brilliance China
Automotive Holdings Ltd. BMW Group has thus taken the next step of the
way towards creating the new energy vehicle for China. The prototype
is based on the long wheelbase version of the BMW 5 Series Sedan,
developed exclusively for the Chinese automobile market and produced
at the Shenyang site. It is the first vehicle in its segment in China
to provide a fully fledged combination of exclusive style and
environmental awareness. In this way, it closes the gap in the
high-end area while at the same time laying the foundation for the
future development of a Chinese new energy vehicle in the premium
segment. Its drive parallel hybrid drive set-up combines a combustion
engine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with an electrical
motor. The innovative concept also includes special battery technology
which includes the possibility of charging from a mains power supply.
The prototype of a plug-in hybrid sedan is part of the BMW Group's
electromobility strategy for China. The road map for a new energy
vehicle presented at Auto China 2010 in Beijing includes the
consistent expansion of both development expertise and value-creation
potential in China. The BMW Group is running a number of projects to
support the market launch of electrically powered vehicles in China.
The very first German-Chinese research project, a co-operative venture
with Tongji University in Shanghai, saw the development of a purely
electrically powered BMW 5 Series in the long wheelbase version. The
worldwide MINI E fleet trial was extended to China at the beginning of
the year, involving the sites of Peking and Shenzhen. The MINI E is
being tested for everyday use at these locations by a consortium made
up of the energy partners State Grid Corporation and Southern Grid as
well as the China Automotive Technology and Research Corporation
(CATARC). This also applies to field testing of the BMW ActiveE. This
purely electrically powered vehicle based on the BMW 1 Series
Coupé will be put to use in China in the course of this year.
With its extensive field testing in the most important automobile
markets, the BMW Group is gathering insights into user behaviour and
the requirements of local supply infrastructure. The experience thus
gained is being fed both into the BMW Group's global electromobility
strategy and the development of the new energy vehicle for China.
With the plug-in hybrid vehicle based on the BMW 5 Series Sedan in
the long wheelbase version, BMW Brilliance Automotive now has the
concrete outcome of this strategy. Series production of the automobile
is to start in China in 2013.
The properties of the plug-in hybrid vehicle are geared closely
towards the demands of the Chinese automotive market. The prototype
provides ride comfort, luxurious ambience and interior space at the
same level as the long wheelbase version of the BMW 5 Series Sedan
which has been so successful in China. When running purely on
electrical power, it is possible to travel emission-free for up to 75
kilometres m/h at a constant speed of 60 km/h. Use of the combustion
engine provides a minimum additional range of 400 kilometres, which is
in line with the driving profile of Chinese customers in the premium segment.
The parallel hybrid set-up consists of a 160 kW combustion engine
featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and an electrical motor with
a maximum output of 70 kW, thereby ensuring characteristic BMW driving
dynamics and ground-breaking efficiency. The electrical motor draws
its energy from a high-voltage battery housed in the luggage
compartment which can be charged via the mains power supply.
The model-specific components for the plug-in hybrid drive, power
electronics and high-volt battery were developed in close
collaboration between the joint venture partners BMW Group and
Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd. The project drew intensively
on the drive expertise of the BMW Group as well as the know-how
built-up in China in the field of electromobility so as to take
account of the latest technological innovations and also tap into
scientific insights regarding the potential uses of a new energy vehicle.