A trio of Paris Show concept studies, says BMW, hint at the way forward to a future defined by both sustainability and driving pleasure. BMW has been beating the sustainability drum for some time now via its EfficientDynamics programme, which harnesses efficiency-enhancing technology across the board.
Concept Active Tourer
Likely further innovations in the premium compact segment are showcased in this study, which BMW says demonstrates groundbreaking solutions in terms of both the interior and the plug-in hybrid drive concept.
A special version of the BMW eDrive concept takes care of the dynamic facets that go to make up the character of this study. The system comprises a 3-cylinder petrol engine and a synchronous electric motor, generating a combined output of 140kW and accelerating the BMW Concept Active Tourer from zero to 100 km/h in less than eight seconds. The vehicle has an average fuel consumption of less than 2,5 litres per 100 kilometres and a CO2 emissions level of under 60 grams per kilometre. The lithium-ion battery of this plug-in hybrid automobile can be charged at a conventional mains socket and on a full charge can power the car for about 30 kilometres on electric power alone.
BMW’s two-wheeler division has produced a near production-ready prototype that uses electric drive to produce performance that’s said to match that of a maxi scooter with a conventional combustion engine. Output of the liquid-cooled electric motor is 11 kW continuous and 35 kW peak; range is more than 100 km. It’s rechargeable at home, too.
Electric drive, passenger cell made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic and interior design geared towards sustainability: it’s the future, says BMW. The eucalyptus wood used for the instrument panel comes from a sustainable cultivation source in Europe and is treated exclusively with natural substances. Tanning agents derived form olive leaves were used for the leather upholstery, and wool is used for parts of the instrument cluster and door trim.
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