No Immediate Plans for BWM Hybrid

New BMW 535d said to offer better driving experience than a Lexus GS450h in part, due to its 200kg weight advantage, lower emissions and superior fuel efficiency, while costing 5,000GBP less, BMW argues.

Published: 10-May-2007

> Hybrid models will not be part of the BMW range for the foreseeable future, the company has revealed to journalists at the media site Instead BMW will focus on what it calls ‘EfficientDynamics’, a package of technologies and energy management systems including Stop and Start and regenerative braking, which will be spread through BMW’s model range as it’s renewed.

Speaking about the facelifted 5-Series that went on sale last month, Jim O’Donnell, BMW UK’s managing director, explained: “Noticeable design improvements have been combined with EfficientDynamics to provide tangible performance benefits (up to 25% improvements in fuel economy).”

O’Donnell added: “We believe customers prefer the driving experience of an ultra-efficient internal combustion engine rather than a hybrid car, with all the associated weight of the battery and motors.”


West Philadelphia High School's 'Attack' currently runs on biodiesel, but the team hopes to complete a new front-wheel hybrid drive system in the future. Photo copyright 2006, John Helwig.

Lexus already has the only hybrid SUV on sale in the UK, and now it has launched the world's first rear-wheel-drive hybrid saloon, with a trail-blazing 0-62mph sprint time of 5.9 seconds. Photo credit: EV World

If the car were to achieve its advertised fuel economy, Toyota claims it would save the average driver between 550 and 830 litres per year. At about a buck a litre for mid-grade gasoline, those are significant savings.


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