BMW Unveils eDrive

By Paul Riegler on 23 April 2012
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At the Auto China 2012 show in Beijing, BMW introduced eDrive, the automaker’s new designation for the drive technology used in electric and plug-in hybrid cars from BMW i.  BMW i is BMW’s sub-brand for electric vehicles.

BMW eDrive is essentially the car’s electric drivetrain, comprised of an electric motor, lithium-ion battery, and BMW’s intelligent motor management system.

In 1972, for the Olympic Games in Munich, BMW converted a 1602 sports sedan (pictured below ) into an electric vehicle that was to travel the length of the marathon, 26.2 miles (42.2 km). The car still runs and made an appearance at the 2011 Frankfurt Internationale Automobile Austellung (International Automobile Show).

In 1993, BMW unveiled the E1 test fleet, a two-door, four-passenger city car, and in 2009, the Mini E, based on the Mini Cooper.

More recently, in 2010, the BMW ActiveE, based on the current 1 Series, was unveiled and trials started in early 2012.

BMW is providing a fleet of ActiveE and Mini E electric vehicles for use at the 2012 London Olympics and will be offering the i3 and i8, both from BMW i, starting in 2014.

(Photo: Jonathan Spira)