BMW and Mercedes are betting on hybridsMarch 18, 2020
Mercedes is expanding its low-emission offerings in its compact assortment with hybrid versions of the CLA Coupe, CLA Shooting Brake Station Wagon and GLA SUV.
In cars, a 1.3-liter gasoline engine is installed, connected to an electric motor with a capacity of 75 kilowatts, powered by a battery issuing 15.6 kilowatt-hours. The drivetrain is already used in the plugin versions of class A and class B.
Daimler aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% to meet the EU’s CO2 reduction goals that have come into force this year. “We are within walking distance of achieving the goal,” said CEO Ola Kallenius.
“By the end of 2020, we want to double sales of soft hybrids and quadruple the share of xEVs,” Callenius told reporters during an internet call instead of interviews scheduled for a canceled Geneva auto show.
This year, BMW will expand its range of hybrid plug-ins to include the Touring 3-Series station wagon in all-wheel drive. An all-wheel drive version of the existing 330e hybrid sedan will also join the lineup. Elsewhere in the BMW lineup, hybrid versions of interchangeable X1 and X2 SUVs will be added.
According to CEO Oliver Zips, this year BMW sales for electric and hybrid cars grew by 43%. BMW Sales and Marketing Director Peter Nota said that this year the automaker will reduce CO2 emissions in Europe by about 20% and will fully comply with the new EU standards in both 2020 and 2021.
BMW says it plans to have more than a million cars with electrified drive systems by the end of 2021, and then a quarter of European sales will consist of electrified models.
The EU set a goal for car makers to reduce their CO2 emissions by 40% between 2007 and 2021 in order to combat climate change, and demanded a further reduction of 37.5% by 2030. However, car pollution levels are rising as customers increasingly prefer to buy gas. This means automakers must increase car sales to avoid heavy fines from 2021.
Each car manufacturer has an individual goal to achieve the EU’s common goal of reducing CO2 emissions from the new block fleet to 95 grams per km by the end of 2021. Daimler faces a fine of 997 million euros, because he will not achieve his goal in 2021 – 103.1. g / km, as its emissions will decrease to 114.1 g / km from 130.4 g / km at present, according to an analysis by PSA Consulting.
BMW will pay 754 million euros because its emissions will drop to 110 g / km from 123.6 g / km today, not reaching the target of 102 g / km.
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