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BMW’s i5 Extended Range Electric Vehicle Confirmed

BMW-i3-Electric_Drive_unit1The BMW i8 and i3 cars are now sure of getting a mate. Henrick Wenders, the BMW iproduct line boss confirmed that the i5 will officially enter the market. However, the full details of the yet to be released i5 have not been fully confirmed yet. Just like the i3, the BMW i5 is set to have a combustion engine with an extended electric range. This clearly means that the i5 is a range-extended version of the electric car and not a hybrid. The i5 drive unit is shown here.

The range will be a key limiting factor as well as an anxiety source for green cars in the coming years. Green cars will be fully adopted once they have a range that is similar or comparable to that in an internal-combustion engine. For this reason, BMW plans to go on offering range-extenders even in its future cars. This will be offered as an option to address various needs of its customers. Wenders insinuated that consumers opted for a range-extender for their i3 REx so as to address range anxiety. Most of those purchasers found out they actually did not need to use the extender that often. Wenders expects that the i5 will be a popular car among consumers because of the range-extender provision.

Wenders admitted to having held numerous internal discussions, and his attempts to always represent customers. For this reason, he has often advocated for maximum range. However, from an engineering outlook, it is vital to be extremely careful. The automaker has to provide consumers with a battery that has a high longevity. The drive-train and battery should also make sense in terms of carbon dioxide investment. Just like the i3, there will be small upgrades for the i5 over time, following the continual development of battery technology. Wenders confirmed that the carbon footprint will play a huge role for the i5 as well as other future models of the i class.

BMW is aware of its inherent rivalry with Tesla. To address the issue, Wenders said that he was highly subjective and was convinced that there was an emotional connection between BMW and its audience. He further added that the automaker is not focused on building a different brand with a different portfolio. This would be like talking about a different company, which might be seen as an autonomous competitor of Tesla. Wenders said that they are a sub-brand and a section of a thriving quality automaker. He concluded with the statement that BMW’s strength is its innovation and its ability to come up with new designs using new materials.


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Volkswagen XL3 to Give Prius a Run for Its Money

'15_Volkswagen_Golf_Sportwagen_(MIAS_'15)Volkswagen is set to release a major rival for Toyota’s Prius as it was seen in exclusive images released. The car will be called Volkswagen XL3 with Volkswagen planning to increase its fleet of electrified vehicles by 2020. Despite encountering huge criticism concerning the manner in which it is dealing with the Dieselgate scandal, Volkswagen’s comeback plan is to invest in hybrid ads for all-electric cars. As part of this plan, the automaker will extend its current line-up of electric vehicles to incorporate an independent model to join the fully electric Gold and hybrid Passat.

Dr. Herbert Diess, the head of Volkswagen Passenger Cars, spoke during an exclusive interview with Auto Express. He stated that the company has a commitment to hybrid and electric cars based on the standard MQB (shared modular construction for transverse, front-wheel drive, front-engined vehicles) chassis. This chassis is what is used in making conventional VW cars such as the Passat and Golf. He added that the company has a plan of shifting to a new platform designed solely for electrification. He further said that it would be worthwhile to consider adopting a new architecture that would make it possible to do away with the technical components associated with the combustion engine. This will also help in creating room in the interior section of the vehicle.

For a fully-electric vehicle, you can get exterior dimensions that are a size bigger. This means that for a length similar to that of Golf, the interior space would be that of a Passat. The new electric platform for Volkwagen will probably be referred to as the Modular Electric platform, or MEB. It is expected that this platform will have a high compatibility with the MQB. This will allow electric cars to be manufactured on similar lines to combustion engine cars.

XL3’s electric motor has been projected to produce approximately 30 bhp with a lower version of Volkswagen’s turbocharged petrol engine with a capacity of 1.4 liter. To save more fuel, it will feature a cylinder deactivation system. The battery is expected to be relatively modest and the electric range will be a few miles. The overall fuel consumption will exceed 94 mpg, which translates 3 liters for every 10 kilometers.

Beyond a hybrid car, Volkswagen also has future plans to produce a fully electric car. Mathiam Muller, Volksagen Grouo boss has given strong hints concerning the project’s technical targets. By 2020, cars having full electric ranges exceeding 500 km will be extremely feasible. Charging such cars will take a few minutes. On a long term basis, electric cars would be less costly compared to cars using internal combustion engines.



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