BMW recently revealed its vision of a sustainable future with the hybrid concept electric vehicle called Vision M Next. However, BMW insists that the company will continue to invest heavily in cars using internal combustion engines because it is still very high demand.
According to BMW's strategy, they will gradually phase out diesel-powered cars in the next 20 years and gasoline engines in the next 30 years.
BMW believes that the infrastructure of charging stations plays a decisive role in the development of electric and hybrid vehicles and gradually eliminates 100% of vehicles using traditional internal combustion engines.
Klaus Froelich, BMW Group board member, told Automotive News Europe at the NextGen event in Munich, Germany recently: "We see in regions where there are no charging stations like Russia, the Middle East and the West, part of China will depend on gasoline engines for the next 10-15 years."
BMW's sales forecast indicates, although electric vehicle sales are increasing, there is still a long way to go before electric cars start to dominate the car market.
Assuming the most optimistic direction, 30% of BMW's vehicle sales will be electrified vehicles (including electric and hybrid vehicles) by 2025. That also means that more than 70% of cars will still use engines. burn in.
Even so, BMW's priority in the long-term future is to continue pursuing 100% electric vehicles because it will surely be a prominent trend of the car market as people become more aware of the protection. environment
Froelich reaffirmed that diesel-fueled vehicles will survive for at least the next 20 years and gasoline-powered vehicles will be around 30 years away. To comply with strict emission regulations in Europe, BMW will have to eliminate certain types of engines.
For diesel-powered vehicles, the company will stop producing 1.5-liter three-cylinder engines and will only supply in the European market due to the cost of meeting exhaust conditions too large.
Meanwhile, BMW's 400-hp six-cylinder diesel engine will still be used on its high-end models and should not be replaced because its four turbochargers make redesigning too difficult. BMW insists it will continue to develop 4 and 6-cylinder diesel engines, although they will not have more than 3 turbines.
Finally for gasoline engines, BMW will soon eliminate the 12-cylinder V-12 engine for reasons that every year the company must update the engine due to new strict emissions regulations, especially in the market. China.
BMW also said that the company will still maintain its V-8 gasoline engine business. Electrification of V-8 engines is necessary because non-electrified models are often subject to very heavy environmental taxes in markets such as England and France due to the release of CO2. For example, the BMW 850i has a V-8 engine that emits more than 200 grams of CO2 / km.
Froelich shared: "Every year we have to invest a significant amount to upgrade the V-12 engine to meet new emissions regulations, especially in China. And when V-12 accounts for about 5 thousand units per year. globally, including Rolls-Royce, the cost per upgrade falls into several thousand euros per vehicle. "
As BMW gradually adapts to new regulations and the future of electric cars, hybrid cars and self-driving cars is coming, it will need to change engine power. However, this process of change will not happen abruptly, but will evolve over the years.
Refer to Interesting Engineering