Getting started with decarbonization: Automotive suppliers are still in the early stages – Interview with Mathias Loeser, Senior Manager Sustainability Solutions at ENGIE Impact.
BMW has continuously expanded its portfolio with electrified drives in recent years. The BMW iX3 can currently be configured in the "Inspiring" and "Impressive" versions. Production takes place at the Chinese production site in Shenyang of the joint venture BMW Brilliance Automotive and is also produced there for worldwide export.
The entry into purely electric mobility began with the MINI SE. With the new model generation of the MINI in 2023, the model range will once again be significantly expanded in the electric area. According to the manufacturer, a crossover model is planned in the small car and in the premium compact segment. But even in the new generation, gasoline and diesel engines will continue to be used as drive units. According to the company's own forecasts, the proportion of all-electric new cars will account for 2027 percent of MINI's total worldwide sales by 50.
There are probably only a select number of cars that give the driver a hint of traditional values and the future in an instant after entering the car. The electric Mini Cooper bravely defends its design language, which has been cultivated for decades, and leads its clientele to emission-free driving times. In our winter test, we tested the SE under cool conditions in the real north and learned some interesting details.
It's hard to believe, but over 20 years ago, at the end of September 2000, the new Mini had its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show. The relaunch of the traditional British brand resulted in an image change towards a practical and urban character with a high lifestyle image. Driving pleasure as well as unmistakable exterior and interior have made it an icon of its own in the compact car segment within two decades. We take a look at the developments over the next few years.
Traditionally, a 530 BMW was powered by a high-torque six-cylinder engine, while the new models use a 2-liter four-cylinder combined with an electric motor as a plug-in hybrid. BMW will be equipping the model series with a significant expansion of the electrified BMW eDrive technology as early as summer 2020.