BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept points to the future?
The BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept car has made its world debut at the Geneva Motorshow. The concept car is designed to showcase the possible future direction of BMW’s EfficientDynamics performance enhancing and emissions lowering innovations. But BMW’s EfficientDynamics technologies aren’t all conceptual – far from it. At the same time, details have been published outlining the substantial CO2 and fuel savings that have already been made by BMW’s award-winning technologies.
Auto Start / Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration and lightweight engineering have been offered on almost all BMW products since early 2007. In the UK, cars featuring EfficientDynamics technologies now account for over 95 per cent of all models sold. On a Europe-wide basis, this is expected to equate to more than 700,000 EfficientDynamics-equipped cars sold in 2008.
To put this into context, those 700,000 cars will save more than 33 million gallons of fuel compared to pre-EfficientDynamics cars sold in 2006. This leads to a reduction in CO2 of 373,000 tonnes in Europe, 54,000 tonnes of which will be saved in the UK alone. If translated into energy, this would be enough to provide all the residents of Geneva, the city where the Vision EfficientDynamics has debuted, with electrical energy for more than four years.
The BMW Vision EfficientDynamics shows the direction that BMW’s innovative EfficientDynamics technologies could lead in the years to come and the even greater CO2 savings that could be made. A mild ActiveHybrid system has been brought together with a twin-turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine, a new eight-speed automatic gearbox and even roof-mounted solar panels to deliver the best fuel economy and lowest emissions of any large 4x4 currently on sale.
The X5 concept delivers 43.5mpg on the combined cycle and just 172g/km of CO2 emissions – unprecedented in the large 4x4 segment. However, using BMW’s innovative twin-turbocharged two-litre diesel engine that delivers more than 100hp per litre, the car still offers drivers BMW’s traditional performance appeal. It completes the sprint from zero to 62mph in just 8.9 seconds, a time faster than most current production competitors.