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BMW’s parallel drive: Automaker plans “new generation” of internal combustion engines

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BMW's parallel drive: Automaker plans

Not only electric cars BMW on parallel drive: Automaker plans “new generation” of internal combustion engines

A BMW stands in front of the BMW Tower in Hanover. Instead of an electric motor, BMW models are to come onto the market with a new combustion engine. (Symbol photo) © Die Videomanufaktur / Imago Images While electromobility is a done deal in the automotive industry, BMW wants to continue to rely on the internal combustion engine. According to development board member Frank Weber, the carmaker is even planning a “new generation”. Nevertheless, there is no way around the electric car. BMW doesn’t just see the future as electric. The German carmaker not only wants to continue to rely on the internal combustion engine, but even build new ones. In an interview with “Auto Motor und Sport”, BMW Board Member for Development Frank Weber announced: “We are working on a new generation of engines: petrol, diesel, six-cylinder, eight-cylinder.” However, the head of development explained to the magazine: “We still need the state-of-the-art combustion engine for a few more years to effectively reduce CO2 emissions in the passenger car sector globally.” that in the foreseeable future the car manufacturer would rely entirely on electric cars. Instead, BMW wants to reduce CO2 emissions with the six-cylinder engine as much “as with a generation change”. “We looked at the entire gas exchange and found a promising approach there. (…) Nothing is really the same as it was before. There’s something completely new in the cylinder head,” says Weber. The BMW development board member indicated that the 3 Series sedan will continue to appear as a combustion model. Because for the Munich-based company, it’s not just the narrow focus on electric mobility that’s decisive: “Our The aim is to always offer the most sustainable and innovative vehicles, regardless of the type of drive,” says Weber. He went on to say: “(…) The problem that there are too few charging stations cannot be solved overnight. That’s why we vehemently resist naming a date for phasing out combustion engines. (…) Of course it is Electric future, only if we force the customers into an e-car now and they are all stuck in traffic at the charging station on the way to vacation, then nothing is gained.” With the 7 Series, the luxury sedan from BMW, which in The Munich-based company will therefore continue to rely on a combustion engine this year, but according to the statements, BMW is not planning a sedan model that will only be available with an electric motor.

BMW also promises improvements in electric cars in the future

“At the latest with the ‘New Class’ we will then start into an age in which it is no longer about BMW on the one hand and BMWi on the other, but only about BMW. From then on the brand will basically be electric.” With the ‘New Class’ BMW wants to gear its vehicles more towards electric drive and thus increase its electric car sales.The construction of these vehicles with a new platform, new batteries and new software is to start in 2025 in the planned BMW plant in Hungary and then be rolled out to all plants and model classes. According to Weber, there is still a lot to be gained in terms of efficiency and costs – including with the electric models. He said: “We don’t just call the ‘New Class’ that because it was about time again. That stands for how the brand deals with the BEV topic, how it affects the design, which platform and components are required, how digital performance is developing, because development is particularly rapid there.” BMW assumes that the ‘New class’ will be able to do without government subsidies And Weber also promised: “There has never been so much change in a BMW in one fell swoop.”

Car manufacturers are driving electromobility

According to EU law, internal combustion engines may no longer be brought onto the market from 2035. The Union wants to be completely climate-neutral by 2050. As a result, practically all car manufacturers worldwide are driving electromobility and some even want to become an e-brand. VW wants to put more money into the development of electric cars than ever before, 89 billion euros. The company wants to be the market leader in electromobility by 2025. In 2026, every fourth car sold by Wolfsburg should be an electric car.

Previous Next BNW iX M60 BNW iX M60 More The situation is similar for the Stellantis car group. Within the Stellantis brands, which include Opel, Fiat, Jeep and Citroën, data on the phase-out of the internal combustion engine are also already known: DS Automobiles plans to phase out the internal combustion engine in 2026, Alfa Romeo in 2027, Opel/Vauxhall in 2028 and Peugeot 2030 – at least in Europe. By 2025, Stellantis plans to invest more than 30 billion euros in electromobility and software. Mercedes also wants to significantly advance electromobility and signed an agreement at the climate conference in Glasgow last November to phase out combustion engines by 2040 at the latest. Before that, Mercedes wants to have achieved electric car sales of 15 to 25 percent by 2025.

Like BMW, Toyota relies on internal combustion engines

Toyota, on the other hand, is pursuing a strategy similar to that of BMW: the Japanese carmaker has hybrid and electric vehicles in its range, but the company is working on the development of internal combustion engines with alternative – especially synthetic – fuels. The world’s largest car manufacturer is cooperating with Mazda and Subaru as well as the motorcycle manufacturers Kawasaki and Yamaha. Mazda is also looking for a way into the emission-free car world and, according to its own statements, has already tested “a diesel made 100 percent from biomass”. Toyota President Akio Toyoda said, “The enemy is carbon, not the internal combustion engine.” Sources: Auto Motor und Sport, With material from DPA nk



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