Commercial Video of the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics hybrid concept car made its first debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show prepared by BMW as a precursor of the future top-of-the line the BMW i8 model received this month its own dedicated commercial video.

The commercial video tells the world a little something about what the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics hybrid concept car is expected to become for an automaker which has dedicated an entire division to create premium hybrid and electric cars.

Same with the i8 which already confirmed for production, the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics hybrid concept car is likely to be powered by a diesel-hybrid powertrain which gives a combined out =put of 328 horsepower. The acceleration of the concept hybrid car is expected to be at about 4.8 seconds, while the fuel consumption, the main reason it was built, stands about 3.76L/100km (75.1 mpg).

The powertrain of the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics hybrid concept car as showcased at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, pairs a 1.5-liter three-cylinder TDI engine (163 horsepower) to two electric motors, one producing 33 horsepower and second 80 horsepower.

A temporary boost at the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics hybrid concept car feature allows the unit to produce, for 30 seconds, 112 horsepower. The model which is planned to launch in the next few years, is expected to become one of the most expensive BMWs on the market, with a staggering price tag estimated at $200,000.

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics hybrid concept car is not the only homework for BMW, but also the development and production of the BMW i8 which will be handled by new I division of BMW, the bigger, more organized version of what was until recently the “i” Project. Set up in February this year, the company is expected to span its first product besides the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics hybrid concept car which we predict it will be called the BMW i3 within the next two years.

The Compact Volkswagen E-Up! Review

Volkswagen Studie E-Up!

The Volkswagen E-Up! is one of hybrid concept cars introduced on the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show  besides the Mercedes-Benz Vision S 500 Plug-in Hybrid.

The Volkswagen E-Up! concept car is considered to be a small urban vehicle. It stretches 3.2 meter long and able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 11.3 seconds. It powered by an electric motor which gives a continuous 40kW output with a maximum burst of 60kW.

The engine’s torque of the Volkswagen E-Up! concept car is 201 Nm with the top speed of 135 km/h.  the small urban vehicle weighs 1,085 kg with the additional of 240kg of lithium-ion battery. The recharge time from the 230V outlet will take about five hours.

Volkswagen stated that the Volkswagen E-Up! concept car probably will on the market y 2013, but not for worldwide selling. Volkswagen Chairman Prof. Martin Winterkorn states, “It is a genuine success such an electric car must be affordable to a broad customer base and must be uncompromisingly practical in everyday driving. Only then, in high volumes, and ideally on all continents, can one truly speak of the beginning of the electric age in automobiles and a perceptible of their environmental impact.”

The Volkswagen E-Up! concept car is designed under the leadership of Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg who is the Member of the Board Management of Volkswagen Brand and Head of the Development Business Area. The car is based on modules of the new small family vehicle which has zero-emissions.

The Volkswagen E-Up! concept car’s styling is powerful and emphasizes the “design DNA” of Volkswagen and show its cult potential. Volkswagen claimed that there is never before an ultra-compact vehicle which does not aim to be retro and the Volkswagen E-Up! concept car manages to bring such appealing, timeless, class-independent and dynamic qualities.

The Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid Concept

Mercedes-Benz Vision S 500 Plug-in Hybrid

Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car made its first debut on the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and it is just concept at this stage. But it goes where the Mercedes-Benz S400 dared not fully electric operation.  So, what makes the Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car different from the Mercedes-Benz S400?

Well, the Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car combines a 3.5-liter V6 gas engine with a 60 horsepower electric motor and a 10kW lithium-ion battery. Just for your so you know, the other vehicle which uses the battery pack is the Chevrolet Volt with its 16kWh. The battery pack for Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car gives extra 474 pounds, stashes in the trunk, where it no doubt impinges on cargo volume.

Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid engine

Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car is the first car on the premium segment of “three-liter car”. It means that the first full-size luxury car earns fuel-economy usage of three liter per 100 km, or 3.2 liter – to be exact.

Those numbers equal of 74 mpg for the US, although the Chevrolet claimed their Volt earns 230 mpg which means the Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car’s rating is skewed by the fact that the vehicle runs part of the time on electricity alone – and was rated using the European standards.

The charging time for the battery pack of Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car is less than one hour with a rapid-charging station, or about 4.5 hours from a conventional household outlet.

Just like the BMW which is touting the BMW 7-Series and BMW X6 hybrids, the Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car promises it will be no environmental prude. The concept car can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds – not bad for hybrid car, huh? Of course sprinting like that will seriously erode the 18-mile electric charge.

Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car might be just a concept, but the German auto maker hinted to add this kind of system to the next generation of S-Class. We are eager to see the electronics well advanced from what is present here, because the Mercedes-Benz really taking hybrid development very seriously.