2012 BMW 3 Series to get a hybrid version

Featured Posts, News | May 23rd, 2010 by 14
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We have been saying it for months now and we anticipated an official announcement sometimes in 2011, but BMW’s CEO Norbert Reithofer jumps ahead and …

We have been saying it for months now and we anticipated an official announcement sometimes in 2011, but BMW’s CEO Norbert Reithofer jumps ahead and confirms their plans to offer a hybrid version of the next generation 3 Series due to launch in 2012. The 3 Series Hybrid fits in BMW’s plans to reduce emissions across its range and comply with the strict emission regulation rules that will be enforced in the next years.

At the annual shareholders meeting in Munich, Reithofer told the audience that the technology found in the upcoming 5 Series Hybrid will be inherited by a 3 Series model as well.

“As early as next year, the new BMW 5-series will also be available as a full hybrid,” he said. “And we are anticipating the hybridisation of further models series, such as the BMW 3-series.”

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Reithofer said demand from Japan was one of the main reasons for BMW pursuing hybrid technology. “Sales of hybrid vehicles [in Japan] have skyrocketed,” he said. “If you don’t have a hybrid in your portfolio, soon you might not be selling any cars in Japan at all.”

The move is clearly a sales based decision, but at the same time, a new hybrid will fit well in BMW’s plans to reduce CO2 emission by 25 percent before 2020.

[Source: Autocar ]

14 responses to “2012 BMW 3 Series to get a hybrid version”

  1. Jordan says:

    I’ve always never liked the idea of a hybrid, mostly because I’ve never heard of someone explain the long term use of them and the costs associated. Probably because it’s so new that nobody really knows 10 yrs from now, what the car is going to need.

    The main thing that I’ve been worried about is the cost of replacing the batteries when the time comes. I hear something like $10,000 bucks, and that was on a Toyota I think. These numbers could be horribly wrong, but that’s what I’ve heard.

    Another concern of mine would be that the batteries would slowly loose it’s charging capability and so gradually you’d have decreasing performance over a long time but that’d be super annoying having your car for 3 or 4 years and now Johnny just got a 2014 model that’s exactly the same, yet his is faster cause it’s newer!!!

    I’ve a technical type of guy and I haven’t seen in any media, any technical questions like these answered with technical answers. If anyone has answers to these I’d be happy to hear.

    I know Porsche is putting hybrid tech into their new “supercar” as well as the GT3 hybrid they raced at the 24 hours Nurburgring. I believe if it didn’t have a major malfunction near the end, it would have taken first place by a good margin. Of course BMW comes in for the win! ;)

    • Doug says:

      Jordan, what’s this new supercar from porsche? Does it have a name or number?

      The decay of batteries is basically a known function, and they are surely monitoring the contributing factors via computer (mainly number and depth of charge/discharge cycles, temperature, and time) and comparing that against the expected/average decay. Customers ought to have access to the rated performance and how their car’s battery is actually degrading to hold manufacturers accountable. And set customer expectations, which they’re obviously not doing very well.

      I think standard practice for anything that decays (eg, logarithmically) is for the lifetime to be the expected time that it will hit 50% performance. If the car is warrantied for 8 years / 60k miles, you’d reasonably expect that would be the 50% mark (for most people).

      Batteries are also rapidly increasing in density and decreasing in price. My laptop battery was $199 new, but I got a perfectly good generic replacement of of ebay for $40. They should come down. What’s needed is an open standard for car batteries to commoditize the market and allow 3rd parties to drag the price down. Presumably this would help disposal and recycling, too.

    • wazon8 says:

      Hard to not agree with your points. I’m convinced that diesels engines are much more eco cars than hybrids. For example, 318d can use the same or marginally higher amount of fuel as Prius Hybrid without generating wastes in form of worn out batteries. I always wonder why evironmentalist are so attached to these few grams of CO2 less throwing in atmosphere by Priuse and totally overlook the problem of utilizing batteries.

      • Jordan says:

        Ya I agree diesels are the better choice. I think we need to start looking more toward hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and advanced vehicle tech.

        • wazon8 says:

          Yaep, but first the infrastructure for hydrogen engines must be made. Up to now, there are far too less gas stations that provides hydrogen fuel. Of course, one can use pethrol instead of hydrogen, but then the whole point of the car is missed.

  2. BMW Kit says:

    The demand for hybrids in Japan is huge. Americans are changing their preferences from big cars to compact and economic cars too.

  3. Doug says:

    All right so, the question is– will the next 3 series be FWD or RWD? If a hybrid, I’m going to put my money on FWD with electrics powering the rear as a sort of psuedo differential. They’ve already hinted at transverse engine/tranny which isn’t exactly ideal for a RWD or AWD option. However, they can accomplish both AWD options and RWD-like characteristics with this layout.

    Elsewhere they’ve hinted at removing the front wishbones for A-arms. I’d guess that they’re worrying about the effects of applying most of the of power at the front wheels – the complexity, weight and expense needed for the ‘bones & joints n this case might be uneconomical.

    Which would be sad indeed.

  4. Plamen says:

    Is this a news?:):)

  5. jeff says:

    Does this mean a M3 hybrid?

  6. R. E. Boldt says:

    A BMW hybrid would be very welcome, representing luxury, reliability and overall quality, PROVIDED it gets very improved mpg. If it only adds to horsepower, it will fail as did the Honda Accord hybrid. If it could also be FWD by the engine and RWD by the electric motor, giving an AWD experience, that would be icing on the cake!

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