BMW is using the 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) to present the BMW Concept X5 eDrive, which combines BMW’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system with a plug-in hybrid drive concept. In the Concept X5 eDrive, BMW’s eDrive opens the door to a maximum range of 30 kilometres on electric power alone and average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 3.8 litres per 100 kilometres.
The concept study’s BMW eDrive system consists of a four-cylinder combustion engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and an electric motor, which is also the work of the BMW Group. The 70kW motor sources its energy from a high-voltage lithium-ion battery. It can be charged from any domestic power socket and has sufficient capacity to enable the car to travel up to 30 kilometres solely on electric power, generating zero local emissions in the process. The high-voltage battery developed for the BMW Concept X5 eDrive is mounted in a particularly crash-safe position underneath the load area, whose capacity remains virtually unchanged as a result. There is a choice of three driving modes, depending on requirements and situation – the intelligent hybrid drive option for an optimum balance between sportiness and efficiency; pure electric and therefore emission-free driving; or Safe Battery mode to maintain the current battery charge.
The character of the BMW Concept X5 eDrive is highlighted by unique design accents. For example, the kidney grille slats, air intake bars and the inlay in the rear bumper are all in the BMW i Blue colour developed for the BMW i brand. The BMW Concept X5 eDrive also comes with specially designed roof rails, a connector for the charging cable that lights up during charging and 21-inch light-alloy wheels in an exclusive, aerodynamically optimised design.
BMW eDrive technology hooks up with the intelligent all-wheel-drive system BMW xDrive for the first time in the BMW Concept X5 eDrive. Regardless of the driving mode selected, the power generated by the electric motor, combustion engine or the two units together is channelled to the wheels where it can be converted most effectively into propulsion. The BMW Concept X5 eDrive is said to boast average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 3.8 litres/100km and CO2 emissions of under 90g/km.
The electric motor alone can propel the BMW Concept X5 eDrive to a top speed of 120 km/h. As part of the boost function, it can also be used to give the combustion engine a noticeable hit of extra energy during acceleration and during dynamic mid-range sprints. The BMW Concept X5 eDrive is also said to complete the sprint from rest to 100km/h in under 7.0 seconds.
Intelligent connectivity for greater efficiency.
Innovative functions from BMW ConnectedDrive help drivers to maximise the number of journeys they complete on electric power alone. For example, in the BMW Concept X5 eDrive, the electric range available is shown as a numerical value. The car’s dynamic range display uses intelligent connectivity to keep a constant eye on all the factors affecting range, such as traffic conditions, route profile and driving style.
When the route guidance function is activated, the location of public charging stations is added to the points of interest shown on the navigation map. Drivers can call up stations located along their route or at their destination, and the system also tells them how much charging time is required to fully top up the battery once again.
All information concerning battery charge and electric range can also be viewed on the driver’s Smartphone. A Remote app from BMW ConnectedDrive developed specially to meet the requirements of electric mobility enables owners to control the charging process from their phone. It also allows the vehicle to be pre-programmed while it is connected to an electricity source. For example, the heating and climate control system can be activated remotely to ensure a pleasant temperature inside the car before the driver sets off.