BMW anticipates next-gen Power eDrive PHEV platform will support about 80% of daily driving in all-electric mode
At the Vienna Motor Symposium, Klaus Fröhlich, member of the Board of BMW AG, Development, outlined the direction the company is taking with its next-generation Power eDrive plug-in hybrid electric vehicle platform (earlier post).
One of the principles of the development work, first discussed last November, is to maximize the amount of time the vehicle spends in electric mode. The Power eDrive systems, Fröhlich said, will offer a total range of some 600 kilometers (373 miles) with around 80% of the daily traffic of a typical commuter being able to be completed in pure electric driving mode.
A Power eDrive technology demonstrator vehicle has already been set up in order to gain insights for potential use in future vehicle architectures of medium and higher vehicle segments.
Fröhlich said that the positive response to the BMW i3 shows that a purely battery-electric drive in small- to medium-sized vehicles for urban mobility with typical daily driving cycles represents an attractive solution today. However, longer distance requirements can be best met with plug-in hybrid drives—i.e., Power eDrive.
In future there will be different drives for different requirements.—Klaus Fröhlich