Today's Vehicles - The future has already arrived
Our vehicles already contain a number of energy management innovations that make them amongst the most eco-conscious on the market today. Our engines equipped with Valvetronic® achieve 10-15% gains in fuel efficiency while delivering similar increases in horsepower. Double-VANOS technology optimizes engine breathing, resulting in greater responsiveness with reduced fuel consumption. Lightweight construction technologies such as carbon fibre roofs, aluminum/magnesium engines and lightweight steel further increase fuel efficiency, while optimized aerodynamics reduce drag resulting in decreased CO2 emissions. All of these technologies work in tandem to produce our environmentally responsible, high-performance vehicles of today.
Diesel Vehicles - Powerful and efficient
Starting in 2008 we introduced clean, high-performance and fuel-efficient diesel engines At BMW. Boasting 25% less CO2 emissions than gasoline engines, BMW diesels will meet the strictest emission regulations proposed for North America without compromising performance.
BMW ActiveHybrid - More efficiency - more BMW
Thanks to BMW EfficientDynamics technologies, our internal combustion engines are more economical than ever before. That's no reason for us to rest on our laurels though. In fact, we've already moved on to the next phase of fuel consumption and emissions reductions: BMW ActiveHybrid. This intelligent energy management system will help to achieve further medium-term reductions in fuel use and CO2 emissions. The strengths of electric motors, such as the ability to deliver maximum torque from zero rpm, make them the ideal partner for the sporty and efficient BMW gasoline engines.
BMW presented a hybrid BMW 5 Series as early as 1985. Since then, electronic control systems and batteries have become far more efficient, and the time is now ripe for a hybrid system that offers genuine driving pleasure. That system is BMW ActiveHybrid.
Hydrogen Vehicles - The future is upon us today; hydrogen power
Our long-term focus is on liquid hydrogen as a sustainable source of automotive energy with virtually zero emissions. With a vast supply, hydrogen in its liquid state acts as an energy-rich fuel that when consumed emits essentially water vapor. At the 2007 Canadian International Autoshow, BMW recently presented a glimpse into the future with the introduction of the Hydrogen 7, featuring a hydrogen-powered engine. At first glance it resembles a typical BMW 7 Series. But a deeper inspection reveals an internal combustion engine capable of running on liquid hydrogen or, with the press of a button, gasoline. This marvel of technology is already on the road. Production will expand as the infrastructure to support hydrogen vehicles continues to grow.