BMW has recently been intensifying efforts towards their shift to electrification. The most recent annoucement from the Bavarian-based automaker would be the addition of 25 electric models by 2025. Though they did confirm at least one of the models will be an electrified M car, BMW did not announce when it will debut. New reports indicates however that electrified M vehicles may appear sooner than we thought.
According to a report by Autocar UK, the Bavarian automaker is said to be already working on hybrid M vehicles. Citing M division’s vice president Dirk Hacker as their source, he mentioned that prototype M cars with hybrid powertrains are currently undergoing tests and development work. Though he declined to reveal details about the vehicles, he did say hybrid M vehicles are 'inevitable'.
“We cannot avoid the need for electrification and it is true that we are working on hybrid power already. For now, all I will say is that we are working on a very precise technical solution, but there is no final decision on how to deploy the concept,” said Hacker.
One problem that most performance vehicles have with hybrid powertrains would be the added weight. The heavy battery packs which will be fitted in the car would negatively impact its handling and pace. According to Hacker, BMW is still working on more efficient batteries and electric motors to counter work around the issue.
“But if we can use electrification to install more performance, then we start to have the answers. That might be more speed, or it might be the ability for a car to be driven on electric power in a city. It might also be the case that we need different answers to that question in different cities,” Hacker added.
Though BMW M vehicles may soon shift to hybrids and electric in the future, Hacker confirmed that the automaker is committed to building internal-combustion engined M cars for as long as possible.
Source: Autocar UK