BMW M cars will all be hybrid or electric by 2030

BMW M | July 21st, 2018 by 5
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It’s no surprise that BMW M’s future is electric, the company has publicly acknowledged before that some of the future M models will have some …

It’s no surprise that BMW M’s future is electric, the company has publicly acknowledged before that some of the future M models will have some sort of electrification technology embedded within. But this week, BMW M CEO Frank Van Meel went a step further saying that by the end of the next decade, all BMW M models will have electrified tech in them.

According to CarAdvice, Van Meel spoke with Australian journalists in Spain, telling them the timeline for hybrid M tech will be there step by step, stressing that timing is crucial for BMW M to deliver a successful product.

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“That’s going to happen step-by-step,” Van Meel said.” The important question is the timing question – what’s the right time for that? If you’re too late then you’re too late, but if you’re too early then you don’t have the ‘straight to the point’ technology.”

Weight and power-to-weight ratio have always been a major obstacle in front of electric supercars, and that’s clearly a concern for the Motorsport division of BMW.

“Look at today’s electrification components,” he said. “They are quite heavy and, for us as a motorsports company, overall vehicle weight and power-to-weight ratio is key.”

“Without going too deep into details, if we do an M Car in an electrified way, it should still drive like an M,” he said. “If you look at M3, we have had four-cylinder, six-cylinder, and a naturally-aspirated high-revving V8.

“Now we have a turbocharged six and there is the question; is this the right concept or the right technology, or is there another one. But the real question from our customers was whether the M3 was driving like an M3. I don’t really care if we use a HEAT or another configuration, it should drive like an M3… The basic target is not so much the components of the technology itself. It’s more the philosophy.”

The new BMW M3, codename G80, will be the first M product to take the electrification path. We just recently learned that the standard G20 BMW 3 Series will be getting a 48-volt electrical system, which will be a first for BMW. That 48-volt electric system will be able to power multiple technologies that a standard 12-volt system cannot. One of them being an electric turbocharger. That helps to completely eliminate turbo lag, by filling in where the conventional gas-driven turbos can’t boost. The same tech could be used in the next-gen M3.

Without a doubt that a future M fully electric vehicle is also on the drawing board so we won’t be surprised if we see one on the market before 2030.

5 responses to “BMW M cars will all be hybrid or electric by 2030”

  1. Chris Llana says:

    I suppose he hasn’t read the recent Wall Street Journal article about that “magnificent, little rainbow-farting space ship.”

  2. Distiller says:

    BMW should not dilute M with electric vehicles but rather do something like an i-Sport division. And concerning what the layout of a sporty electric car should be, AMG’s E-Cell SLS provided all the answers with its four independant motors and steering.

  3. expat says:

    I would like to see M3 reduced in size and weight to that of E30. For me it would be an ideal. 4 pot turbo engine no problem…..E30
    BMW M3 E30 front 20090514.jpg
    Production 1985–1992
    Assembly Munich, Germany[3]
    Regensburg, Germany
    Garching, Germany
    Rosslyn, South Africa
    Designer Claus Luthe
    Max Reisböck
    Body and chassis
    Body style 2-door coupe
    2-door convertible
    Related BMW 3 Series (E30)
    Engine 2.3 L S14B23 I4
    2.5 L S14B25 I4[4]
    Transmission 5-speed Getrag 265 manual
    Wheelbase 2,562 mm (100.9 in)
    Length 4,345 mm (171.1 in)
    Width 1,680 mm (66.1 in)
    Height 1,370 mm (53.9 in)
    Curb weight 1,165–1,360 kg (2,568.4–2,998.3 lb)[5][6]

  4. Eddie says:

    China is forcing faster development of EV cars. Mandates start 2020, in China, where 10% of vehicles must be EV’s. That percentage will increase. China sells 30 million cars a year, so 3 million EV’s is a lot of cash for car makers to take. Both Europe and China have more contained borders where air pollution is killing people. All the car manufacturers will be spending billions on this new infrastructure. Euro 7 emissions are around the corner, also. Motorcycles will be Euro 5 in 2020.

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