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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-25-2018, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
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BMW M division shifting

The CEO of BMW M division, Frank Van Meel, has stated that the future of their performance division will indeed shift towards electrification. BMW has already confirmed that EV's and hybrids will make up 40% of their production output by 2025. Van Meel believes that by the 2030 all BMW M models will either be hybrid or full electrics. Power to weight ratio is key on performance models and in the next 10 years we should see a large reduction in the size and weight of electrical components.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-01-2018, 02:02 PM
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This transition was inevitable, and its a natural way forward for the performance division. I do wonder how exactly they plan on replicating the sound of M models though, because that's a pretty distinct characteristic of their cars. I'm guessing they will develop some sort of artificial sound generator?
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-01-2018, 07:46 PM
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Not hard to do when they're at a time that entirely new platforms that accomidate hybrid powertrains can be done.

Prior to this it would have meant all talk but little action, some concepts and long waits for updates.
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BMW is also working towards having a very modular platform for their electrics, which means it shouldn't really take much retrofitting to convert from ICE's. Depending on when they actually start launching these new M models, we may see them start as hybrids to prevent huge price hikes.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-10-2018, 03:42 PM
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Rolls Royce (owned by BMW) is also on board to launch an EV.

A new Phantom came out not long ago and odds are they developed it with an electric powertrain in mind and so far no mention of a hybrid.
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