BMW Diesels to Power Carbon Motors E7
BMW received an order for 240,000 inline six-cylinder diesel engines to power the new Carbon Motors E7 police car. The deal was announced at a news conference in Washington, D.C. by Ian Robertson, BMW’s board of management member responsible for sales and marketing, and William Santana Li, CEO of Carbon Motors.
The deal calls for BMW to provide inline six-cylinder diesel engines complete with cooling and exhaust gas system and automatic transmission. The diesel engines are to be manufactured in BMW’s Steyr factory.
BMW sold almost 500,000 diesel-powered vehicles worldwide in 2009, ca. 39% of its total sales of 1.286 million cars. In Europe, 63% of customers ordered diesels in 2009 and, in the past three months, over 33% of X5 sales in the U.S. have been for the diesel variant.
Carbon Motors Corp. was founded in 2003 and is the world’s first manufacturer of vehicles specifically for law enforcement. The company promises that their manufacturing processes will save energy and that the E7 will offer 40% improved fuel consumption and lower emissions compared to other law enforcement vehicles.