BMW can force its own hybrids to use electric traction in special zonesDecember 2, 2018
On the eve, BMW representatives said that they are considering the technical possibility of forcibly transferring their own hybrids to electric traction in special ecological zones of large cities. This will increase the attractiveness of hybrids.
Thanks to the wide possibilities of using GPS technology, mobile Internet, built-in electronics, as well as modern hybrids, it will be possible to forcibly disable ICE on hybrid cars in special zones. This was told by representatives of BMW, also adding that this can increase the attractiveness of cars with combined units in front of all-electric or classic cars. According to BMW, the battery charge will be quite enough for movement in the central regions. For example, the new X5 hybrid in electric mode can go 80 km.
The fact is that a number of European countries and cities are taking active measures to improve the environmental situation in large cities. Therefore, a series of activities to ban diesel cars in the city center. Later, such measures can go to all cars with internal combustion engines.
It is also noted that in Europe, all-electric cars are quite weak, albeit with increasing demand. This is due to poor infrastructure. However, hybrids, at the moment, are a great alternative.
Meanwhile, BMW, under pressure from the market and technological progress, is gradually abandoning the use of manual gearbox on its sports cars, and the current version of the M4 will remain with manual transmission only until a generation change.