BMW will not abandon traditional ICE for another 30 yearsJanuary 7, 2020
As part of his interview, BMW Research and Development Manager Klaus Fröhlich talked about how the company is not going to abandon the use of internal combustion engines for at least another 30 years.
BMW is working on a variety of electric vehicles, the first of which will be the iX3 crossover, which will be officially unveiled this year. But this does not mean that the prestigious brand is going to completely abandon the use of internal combustion engines. The Bavarians are well aware that the transition to electric cars will not happen overnight, since the whole process will take at least a couple of decades, until the last car, “eating” gasoline or diesel fuel, leaves the conveyor.
In an interview with Automotive News Europe, BMW Research and Development Manager Klaus Fröhlich assured fans of traditional engines that the company would use ICE over the next decades.
He noted that four- and six-cylinder turbodiesels will be produced for at least 20 years, and gasoline engines for at least 30 years.
This does not mean that there will be no significant changes in the composition of the BMW engine range. For example, the stricter emission standards that apply in some parts of the world may mean the complete abandonment of the use of a powerful V12 engine. Now they are equipped with only the full-size luxury sedan M760i – there it takes the form of a 6.6-liter monster with two turbines and a capacity of 601 horsepower. Mr Fröhlich says that BMW produces “only a few thousand units of this model per year.” This means that the V12 engine loses serious business justification for further production, especially when you consider that this engine is not particularly suitable for current strict emission standards.
Klaus Fröhlich said the three-cylinder 1.5-liter turbo engine installed on the M550d and M50d will also be discontinued. At the end of this year, further production of the 3.0-liter inline six will be discontinued, and this summer, sales of the M550d sedan / station wagon will cease. The same thing awaits crossovers X5, X6 and X7 in the performance of the M50d.
During the same interview, the head of the research and development department spoke about electrification and how the updated CLAR platform, due out in 2021, will help spread plug-in hybrid versions of various models that will have an electric range of 120 kilometers .
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