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BMW Going Plug-In Hybrid With Next M3

System to provide big performance boost – and 20 miles EV range.

by on Aug.14, 2015

The 2015 BMW M3. The next version will give its Twin Power engine a hybrid boost.

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Aiming to give its iconic performance model a boost while also making it more environmentally friendly, BMW will migrate to a plug-in hybrid powertrain when the next version of its M3 sedan comes to market, several senior company officials have revealed.

The new system draws from both the German maker’s motorsports experience as well as some of the lessons it has learned since launching the BMW i battery-car sub-brand several years ago. Versions of the new drivetrain are expected to be used on a wide range of additional BMW models, and could be offered in both rear- and electric all-wheel-drive configurations.

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“We have a lot to learn from BMW i,” a senior executive who has worked on both the battery brand and on BMW M, told TheDetroitBureau.com. He noted that until recently, the maker saw it as one of the company’s “bookends,” a counterpoint to BMW M. But now the maker is ways the two can be brought closer together.

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Cadillac Confirms Plans for CT6 Plug-In Hybrid

Fuel economy could top 40 mpg.

by on Apr.20, 2015

The Cadillac CT6 PHEV will be the first in an assortment of plug-in models to follow.

Cadillac has pulled the wraps off a second version of its new CT6 sedan, unveiling a plug-in hybrid version of the flagship model at the Shanghai Motor Show.

The announcement confirms a report by TheDetroitBureau.com earlier this month that also revealed the CT6 PHEV will be the first in a broad range of plug-in hybrids planned by Cadillac covering most of its product line-up by the end of the decade.

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Unlike the current Caddy ELR, however, the Cadillac CT6 PHEV will deliver performance equal to that of the twin-turbo V-6 that will be the top-line gasoline engine for the full-size luxury sedan. But it is also expected to double the fuel economy, which could translate into a combined city/highway rating in excess of 40 miles per gallon.

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Cadillac to Debut CT6 Plug-in Hybrid in Shanghai

Pllug-ins planned “across spectrum of Cadillac cars.”

by on Apr.01, 2015

The new Cadillac CT6 will follow its NY debut with a rollout in China of a plug-in version.

Cadillac will follow this week’s debut of the CT6, with news that its new flagship sedan will also get a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

But the PHEV system set to officially debut at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month won’t be the anemic system found in Caddy’s compact current plug-in model, the compact ELR. It will deliver similar performance to the new twin-turbo V-6 being offered in the CT6. And that system will eventually be used in a variety of other Cadillac models, the brand’s global boss told TheDetroitBureau.com.

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“We’re going to roll out plug-in hybrid technology across the spectrum of Cadillac cars,” promised Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. As a result, “we won’t need a car like the ELR.”

Though Cadillac officials were reluctant to go into extensive detail about the CT6 plug-in hybrid, hoping to maintain some secrets to reveal at the Shanghai show, TheDetroitBureau.com was able to pry loose some of the more critical information.

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BMW Adds 1st SUV Plug-in with Launch of X5 xDrive40e

"Ideally suited to short commutes."

by on Mar.18, 2015

The new 2016 BMW xDrive40e uses a 9 kWh lithium battery to deliver up to 13 miles in electric mode.

BMW is clearly getting charged up about battery power. It’s already launched its new i3 and i8 models, along with some hybridized versions of its conventional product lines. Now, it’s ready to switch on its first plug-in Sport Activity Vehicle, the new X5 xDrive40e.

First shown in concept form as the X5 eDrive at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new BMW plug-in comes at a significant time for European luxury makers in general. This month’s Geneva Motor Show was flooded with high-end hybrids and battery-electric models. And Mercedes-Benz this week announced it will add a whopping 10 new plug-ins to its line-up by 2017.

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Delivering an estimated 55 MPGe, and up to 13 miles on electric power alone, BMW expects to have the 2016 X5 xDrive40e rolling into U.S. showrooms by autumn.

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First Look: BMW i8 Concept Spyder

Getting a charge out of battery power.

by on Apr.02, 2012

The BMW i8 plug-in sports car goes topless.

Who says battery cars have to be dull and boring?  BMW is determined to prove that electric propulsion can charge up buyers as it prepares to roll out its all-new sub-brand, BMW i.

The maker has already confirmed plans to stock the new marque’s showrooms with two models: the i3 battery-electric city car and the i8 plug-in hybrid. As TheDetroitBureau.com previously reported, we can anticipate several more models to follow – possibly including one based on the open-air prototype, the i8 Concept Spyder.

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Significantly, the maker refers to it as “the third BMW i model,” which would suggest that it will soon drop the “concept” designation and roll out a production version.

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BMW Charges in with New Battery Car Line

Media and European buyers got first look at i3 and i8.

by on Sep.15, 2011

The BMW i8 debuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Nearly 40 years after it built its first battery car – a one-off that paced the marathon during the 1972 Munich Olympics – BMW is charging back into the world of electrification.  But this time it hopes to make a serious business case with its new brand-within-a-brand, dubbed BMW i.

The first of the maker’s new models are getting their initial public preview at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week with sales of the i3 city car set to begin in 2013.  The second model, the larger and more sporty i8, will launch a year later, according to BMW officials.

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“If the planet is to survive we must be more careful with our resources,” declared CEO Norbert Reithofer, who added that it “is technically feasible” today to produce competitive battery cars and plug-in hybrids.

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