THE ULTIMATE DRIVING MACHINE PLANS TO ELECTRIFY YOUR FUTURE, TOO!
If you thought Tesla had the all-electric luxury car market cornered, think again. BMW has joined other car makers in declaring their love for electrification and dedication to making it happen, both in the US and around the globe.
BMW is fortifying its electric-driven car lineup, which already has a nice selection of plug-ins and electric cars, with the goal of rolling out 25 models, including MINI models, with some level of electrification by 2025. Framed by the ultra-luxe hybrid electric i8 sports car and the all-electric i3, the brand intends to fill out the lineup with electric or hybrid models in every category.
This is because consumers and governments around the world are focusing on the environment and as a result, electric vehicles are gaining in popularity. And as legislation changes to reflect this change, these vehicles will become a necessity in some markets. Changing regulation and infrastructure will play an important role in determining the scale of electrification necessary from one market to another.
For example, some German cities are considering banning diesel and future legislation is unpredictable. It’s up to automakers to develop reliable cars that run on little or no gasoline and still perform as well as a traditional gas engine.
So BMW announced a plan to bring such vehicles to the market. And they plan to do it while maintaining their reputation as the ultimate driving machine.
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EV, BEV, PHEV, HYBRID – WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
There are several criteria to meet for a vehicle to be categorized as electric. Here’s a breakdown on the types of electric vehicles, or EVs, available:
- Conventional hybrids are powered by both a gasoline engine and an electric motor. While these vehicles have an oversized hybrid battery, they can’t be plugged in and recharged. Instead, their batteries are charged by capturing energy when braking, using regenerative braking that converts kinetic energy into electricity.
- Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are similar to conventional hybrids in that they have both an electric motor and internal combustion engine. But, PHEV batteries can be charged by plugging into an outlet. Which means, unlike conventional hybrids, PHEVs can substitute electricity from the grid for gasoline. Typically they have a range of 10-50 miles on electric, and when the electricity runs out, the gas engine takes over.
- Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) run exclusively on electricity via onboard batteries that are charged by plugging into an outlet or charging station. These vehicles have no gasoline engine, longer electric driving ranges compared to PHEVs, and never produce tailpipe emissions.
It’s worth noting that all these systems also produce reduced or zero emissions, so as an added bonus, they reduce tailpipe pollution.