http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.97Change: -0.08
R/$ = 12.62Change: 0.12
Au 1092.45 $/ozChange: 2.59
Pt 983.00 $/ozChange: -5.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
May 28, 2012

BMW 5 Series hybrid kicks off German car maker's green campaign

Back
The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 in action
 
 
 
Munich|Africa|Diesel|Environment|Generator|System|Systems|Testing|Africa|South Africa|Automotive|Energy|Luxury Car Maker|Plug-in Hybrid Sports Car|Systems|Environmental|Edward Makwana|Power|BMW 535i|BMW I3|BMW I8|Diesel
|Africa|Diesel|Environment|Generator|System|Systems|Testing|Africa||Automotive|Energy|Systems|Environmental|Power||
munich|africa-company|diesel-company|environment|generator|system|systems-company|testing|africa|south-africa|automotive|energy|luxury-car-maker|plug-in-hybrid-sports-car|systems|environmental|edward-makwana|power|bmw-535i|bmw-i3|bmw-i8|diesel
© Reuse this



The May launch of the ActiveHybrid 5 provides just the first glimmer of BMW South Africa’s (SA’s) green ambitions, it seems.
 
Group automotive communications manager Edward Makwana says the luxury car maker’s first hybrid model will be followed by the launch of the 7 Series hybrid, in September, as well as a smaller sibling, a 3 Series hybrid, towards the end of this year.
 
This 3 Series hybrid will, however, not be manufactured in South Africa, as is the case with the other 3 Series models on sale locally, but will be imported from Munich.
 
Following this, current planning is for the BMW i3 to make its debut in South Africa in April 2014. With its zero-emission electric drive and a range of around 150 km, the BMW i3 has been developed for use in an urban environment.
 
The BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car is to follow in July 2014, notes Makwana.
 
The Mini E, an electric Mini, has just arrived in South Africa for testing, but there is no launch date available for this vehicle yet, adds Makwana."

For now, green BMW fans will have to be satisfied with the ActiveHybrid 5.

The vehicle brings together a BMW TwinPower turbo six-cylinder in-line petrol engine – the same as the one used in the BMW 535i – an electric drive system and an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The electric motor develops 40 kW and is supplied with energy by a lithium-ion battery integrated into the luggage area. Power from the two drive systems is transferred to the rear wheels by the eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The drive system generates combined output of 250 kW and allows the car to be driven on electric power alone at speeds of up to 60 km/h, with a range of four kilometres.

Makwana says the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 boasts not just sporty performance, but also a double-digit percentage improvement in fuel economy over the BMW 535i.

There are various ways in which this is achieved.

For example, charging of the battery primarily takes place during coasting or braking, with the electric motor performing the role of a generator feeding energy into the high-voltage battery. (By contrast, under acceleration the electric motor takes on a boost function. Here, it assists the petrol engine by generating a burst of power.)

While coasting at speeds of up to 160 km/h in environmental-friendly Eco Pro mode – a selection the driver can make with the flick of a button – the combustion engine can be switched off and fully decoupled. This coasting mode then combines comfortable driving with optimum use of the kinetic energy already generated.

When compared with the “standard” BMW 535i – comparisons are inevitable – the hybrid, which still behaves like a German sports sedan, does deliver benefits a more environmentally conscious petrol car driver would seek.

The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds, similar to the 535i petrol model, despite being 75 kg heavier. Fuel consumption is rated as 7 l/100 km, with carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at 163 g/km, this according to an European Union test cycle.

In contrast to this, the 535i uses 7.9 l/100 km of fuel at 183 g/ km CO2.

However, green has its price and the hybrid costs R760 976.50 including CO2 tax, with the 535i priced at R684 386.50.

The standard diesel model still outperforms both petrol models, though.

The 535d model has a fuel consumption of 5.6 l/100 km, with CO2 emissions at 148 g/km, but is priced higher, at R780 394. It also sprints to a 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds.

Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Video News
More
 
 
Latest News
Updated 8 minutes ago Opencast mining contractor and construction materials supplier Buildmax has successfully restructured the debt-funding model of its subsidiary Diesel Power. Major lenders ABSA, Nedbank and Standard Bank have agreed to reschedule the company’s asset-based funding...
Updated 34 minutes ago South Africa's trade surplus widened to R5.80-billion ($457-million) in June from a revised R4.94-billion in May, the national revenue agency said on Friday. Exports increased by 1.6% to R90.3-billion, while imports were up 0.7% to R84.5-billion on a month-on-month...
Updated 36 minutes ago The petrol price will come down by 51c as of next week, said the Department of Energy on Friday. According to the department, the price of Diesel 0.05% Sulphur will decrease by 75 cents while that of Diesel 0.005% Sulphur will decrease by 73c.
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Real Economy Year Book 2015 (PDF Report)
There are very few beacons of hope on South Africa’s economic horizon. Economic growth is weak, unemployment is rising, electricity supply is insufficient to meet demand and/or spur growth, with poor prospects for many of the commodities mined and exported. However,...
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book comprises separate reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Water 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Daimler truck test engineer Dirk Stranz pushes one button, and then retracts his hands from the steering wheel of the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025. “And now the truck is driving itself.”
The statutory body responsible for skills development and support in the banking sector, BANKSETA, was investing R68-million in the capacity building project of the University of Venda (UniVen), announced Bankseta company secretary Caroline King at a media event in...
LIONEL MOYAL Cloud services providers must compete against other cloud services providers for business by providing up-to-date systems and services
Legacy information technology (IT) systems are becoming increasingly obsolete because of the maturity, efficiencies and cost effectiveness of cloud-based IT services, says information and communication technology major T-Systems subsidiary Intervate head Lionel...
ARMANDÉ KRUGER Balancing the collection and processing of data must be aligned to strategy
Many complementary services enable companies to derive broad value from data inside and outside them. The complexity of data management means that companies’ strategies determine the various data systems and functions they will use, says PBT Group regional sales...
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has announced that it had awarded the country’s first remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) pilot’s licence. It was issued on Friday, July 10, to SACAA employee and qualified commercial pilot Nicole Swart,...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96