• Nov 5, 2010
BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics prototype – Click above for high-res image gallery

Sure, BMW is going to build a small, urban electric car – the Megacity – in a few years, but we're pretty sure there are a lot of Bimmer drivers who won't much care for that little thing, no matter what the powertrain. For them, BMW has announced a second treat today: the Vision Efficient Dynamics (VED) concept will indeed make the jump to production form.

We first saw the VED a little over a year ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009 and BMW says the concept was met with an "overwhelming response." Little surprise, then, that BMW was interested in building this for the people – well, people who can afford the $200,000, give or take, the car will likely cost when it come to market in a few years. Since the VED contained a fair bit of "completely or virtually production-ready components," BMW is confidently giving out media test drives at the Leipzig trade fair center of a road-ready technology showcase vehicle based on the VED.

Final production numbers won't be known for a while, but the prototype features wing doors and a 2+2 seating arrangement. Underhood, a three-cylinder turbo diesel engine "with a hybrid synchronous motor at the front axle and a full-hybrid engine at the rear axle" put out a total of 241 kW/328 bhp and hits 0-100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) in just 4.8 seconds. The sleek car can do this while burning just 3.76 litters of fuel per 100 kilometers (a Toyota Prius-beating 62.5 miles per gallon U.S.) and emitting 99 grams of CO2 per kilometer. The production VED will also be a plug-in, with the ability to go 50 km (31 miles) on lithium-polymer battery power. Hit the jump for the full details in BMW's press release, as well as a video of the Efficient Dynamics prototype.

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A vision becomes reality: BMW announces serial production of sports car with plug-in hybrid technology.

Munich/Leipzig. It was the star of the Frankfurt international motor show IAA in 2009: a four-seater sports car with charismatic design, fascinating performance figures and unsurpassed efficiency, powered by BMW ActiveHybrid technology and presented under the title BMW Vision EfficientDynamics. With its wide range of completely or virtually production-ready components, this concept study met with an overwhelming response. There was a widespread desire to put the car on the road, and the realisation of this desire is moving considerably closer. At the Leipzig trade fair centre BMW is presenting a fully road-ready technology showcase vehicle based on the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept study. This presentation will give media representatives their first ever opportunity to find out what it is like to drive the 2+2-seater car powered by an innovative hybrid system.

The concept study BMW Vision EfficientDynamics represents the future of driving pleasure. Since its world premiere at the IAA 2009 it has received several awards both for its futuristic design and its ground-breaking engine technology. Just 1.24 metres high, the 2+2-seater takes up the characteristic BMW shaping style, geared consistently towards aesthetic appeal and dynamic performance. Wing doors facilitate entry to both rows of seats, while extensive aerodynamic measures reduce the drag coefficient to 0.22. The combination of a 3-cylinder turbo diesel with a hybrid synchronous motor at the front axle and a full-hybrid engine at the rear axle enables an overall system output of 241 kW/328 bhp. The innovative design of the BMW ActiveHybrid technology allows performance figures at the level of a sports car, with just 4.8 seconds required for the sprint from zero to 100 km/h - with an average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle (KV01) of 3.76 litters/100 kilometers, equal to 75.1 mpg imp, and a CO2 emission rating of 99 grams per kilometer (1,3 l/100km and 33g CO2/km; EU-PHEV ECE-R101).

This unique relation between dynamic performance and efficiency derives from the high level of efficiency of all engine components as well as intelligent linking of the power output of the three engines, as well as precisely controlled energy management including brake energy regeneration. What is more, the study BMW Vision EfficientDynamics is conceived as a so-called plug-in hybrid. The lithium-polymer rechargeable battery housed centrally in a longitudinal chassis element and designed specially for this hybrid sports car can be fully charged at a conventional power socket within just two and half hours. The use of electrical energy alone permits zero-emissions motoring with a range of some 50 kilometres, while a 24-litre diesel tank extends the total action radius of the vehicle to up to 700 kilometres.

By developing a sports car based on the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept study for serial production, the Munich-based premium automobile manufacturer underscores its position as a global leader in the production of sporty vehicles with exemplary efficiency. All current models are fitted as standard with extensive measures for the reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The innovations used for this purpose are based on the development strategy BMW EfficientDynamics, which also includes BMW ActiveHybrid technology as well as purely electrical drive systems. With the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 and the BMW ActiveHybrid X6, two serial production vehicles have already been launched in which a BMW-specific combination of combustion and electric drive results in an especially efficient increase in the driving dynamics so characteristic of the brand.

The BMW Group is also undertaking extensive field tests in regular traffic, which after the MINI E will soon include the BMW ActiveE, so as to prepare for serial production of a purely electrically powered model which is to be produced at the BMW plant in Leipzig from 2013 as the Megacity Vehicle.

At the same time, the current technology showcase vehicle being presented to mark the expansion of the BMW Leipzig plant not only demonstrates the consistent further development of BMW ActiveHybrid as a drive concept. It also highlights the expertise of the BMW Group in the integrated development of vehicle concepts which are geared towards the principles of BMW EfficientDynamics in every detail. Like the Megacity Vehicle, the sports car based on the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics study is an example of how future-oriented mobility opens up fascinating perspectives in combination with the driving pleasure characteristic of BMW.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I really wanted a R8 rival:,( maybe they can make a non-treehugger version:)
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not a "tree hugger" car. Just because it uses tech that happens to be good for the environment doesn't make it a "tree hugger" car. As an engineer and car nut I think about performance, specs, and design. This car has them all in spades. If it was slow and looked ugly/nerdy/greeny then I wouldn't be interested in it.

        It is a bit ignorant to be prejudiced against technology for silly political reasons rather than its relative merit. In fact, this car takes the best advantages of both technologies (ICE and electric) and uses them exactly where they're needed: MONSTER torque from the electric motors and the range/stamina of the ICE!

        • 4 Years Ago
        that's ignorant dawg
        the treehugger part of this car is the only thing good about it. and the more treehugger it gets the better. try to understand that the full carbon body of this car is what us treehuggers gave you. we did that. and the relatively poor performance of this car is what the ignorant people at BMW gave you because they hesitate to let electric drive show its power because it will then clearly show how they should have gone electric a long time ago. a carbon electric car can easily be made to do 0-100km/h in 3 seconds.

        take a look at this treehugger car rape the manly impressive ferrari and porsche gt

        electric drive is awesome. rational materials are awesome. this is what we bring you. wake up. do you want moronic wruum wruum. or intelligent zoom zoom. do you want to be a body builder with roid rage or do you want to be Neo

        an electric car able to outdrag a veyron super sport can be affordable for all while 3 times more efficient than a prius.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Want some "efficient dynamics"? How about making extremely efficient gas burning engines in a car with minimal electronic load, that's also light and under 20K? Do that BMW. You can keep the hybrids.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You know what happened to the Metro? Safety regulations were passed and then they figured out that it was as protective as tooth paste.
        • 4 Years Ago

        You're right. We've done Metros a long time ago. Awesome mpg. What happened? Now we're happy when we reach 40mpg. The 3cyl Metros laughed at that. Same thing with the moon, we went there 50 years ago, but now have trouble sending an astronaut past orbit. Its all a conspiracy. Metro for mpg. Atom for performance and mpg. Simple as that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You know, SimpleCar, your dream of roads filled with nothing but cars of the size and purity of a Geo Metro is already happening: Europe.

        It sounds like you should support higher oil taxes if you want anything of that sort to ever be a reality over here. Otherwise, nobody wants to drive a Geo Metro with F250s, Suburbans, and H2s rolling around everywhere.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's already available, it's called a Nano.

        Or, if you want something domestic, a used Metro also fits the bill.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sure, just go back to 1980 while you're at it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @John H

        1980 was a good year, or so I've heard.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Right. 'Cuz building sub-$20K cars that are stripped of electronics and technology is BMW's forte.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Impressive tech for sure, and it does look very futuristic and all, but just not excited by the design. Looks too much like a car from the future in a Sci Fi B-movie from theearly 90's. Judge Dredd comes to mind.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dan: God forbid anyone criticizes any master opus from BMW. They'll be called ignorant hicks, but with a smiley face to make it seem OK, but actually just making it patronizing and condescending. Screw you Dan! : )...(Notice the smiley face!)

        It was an opinion / observation I posted without insulting you or your family, but if you want to get technical in regards to alleged ignorance, I can refer you to my degree in Industrial Design from CCS in Detroit and a background in Transportation Design. Anyone is entitled to opinion however, and even if I think mine is more qualified, I wouldn't insult yours.

        Do you drive a BMW by any chance?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Shiftright: FWIW, I drive a Bimmer.

        It appears Dan's more an irrational EV zealot than a BMW-hater. I'm pretty sure he's not an engineer of any sort.
        • 4 Years Ago
        actually you're close. it's also a Stallone movie; Demolition Man from 1993 in which they used the GM Ultralite concept car which has quite similar construction. your aversion to the design is however hick ignorance :) and your parents are siblings :)

        BMW is holding back. a full carbon car is very light and electric drive can easily have very strong acceleration which combined means it should do much better than 4.8seconds (Tesla roadster weighs 1200kg and does 100 in 3.8seconds). if only they had put more emphasis on the electric drive and less on power from the ICE. but BMW is holding back, otherwise it would just be all too clear how superior electric drive is and intelligent engineering in general. it would show that the vaunted M cars are archaic crap. this way they make it look like it's a heroic struggle and they stalling for time so they can continue to make their archaic primitive cars.
        and it's not like you sheeple are going to wake up and insist they do powerful electric cars..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just for my own personal knowledge.....How much do electronics put a "load" on a car? Or what percentage of the HP goes towards electronics? I've been told that A/C is very energy consuming.
      • 4 Years Ago
      rather disappointing. looks like it's more or less exactly the same shape as the first, with the same irrational open surfaces.
      the only improvement seems to be thinner wheels.

      and the performance numbers are very unimpressive. slow and poor efficiency and no mention of pure electric drive..
      such extreme shaping and material use hasn't been messed up that bad since Aptera.

      the pure ICE car VW Polo bluemotion has substantially better mileage. and is neither carbon fiber nor aerodynamic..

      probably just more FUD. forget about it. sigh. when will someone do it right

        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dan: Wow, just wow. You're unbelievably obstinate in your ignorance, aren't you?

        The Audi 5000 had excellent, industry-leading aerodynamics when it came out in 1984. Contemporary cars at the time were boxy angular things. Check out a contemporary 1980 Chevy Impala for comparison. The Chevy is all hard, sharp angles with horrible aerodynamic drag properties. The Audi predates the gen 1 Ford Taurus as the first US mass-market car to have everything smoothed over. See that flush glass and smooth surface transitioning? Yeah, amazing and groundbreaking when nobody else had flush glass at the time.

        25 years is a long time in auto aerodynamics, and the Audi 5000 & Taurus were groundbreaking. Please keep in mind that these were mass-market cars that went into actual production. In contrast, how many EV1s on the road today? NONE. Ultralites? NONE. Probe Concepts? NONE.

        How many animals have wheels and travel at 150 mph? Go ahead, take your time, I'll wait... NONE? How about that!

        As for "crayon people", that's Ford. The VED has fundamentally good aero. Look at the side profile. The VED has a very smooth aero shape in profile. It's a thing of beauty, really. To say that it's not aero again reveals more of your ignorance.

        Dan, you really ought to stop, because you're just making yourself look more and more foolish with every ignorant post.
        • 4 Years Ago
        John, what did we see before 1st gen taurus? what are you talking about??

        the EV1 had Cd below 2. same with GM Ultralite. and why not even lower.
        this car was not designed by CFD. I think some fruitcakes thought it was clever with these open surfaces and never bothered to think about aerodynamics. all art and no reason.
        I'd also expect the blades to be gone in the final design should one ever be made.
        let's not pretend you know they have aerodynamic benefits, in racing, crosswind or otherwise. try to find the truth instead of making things up. it's a better world that way.

        porsches are fairly jelly beany and they do ok.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you go way back into the 1980s, Ford (and others) did a bunch of jellybeans which ultimately resulted in the Ford Taurus, Probe, and similar cars. The jellybeans had great aerodynamics in a straight line, but horrible crosswind stability. This is a fact, and you can search it out yourself - just do your homework.

        I think you don't know what you're talking about, and are speaking completly out of ignorance. You don't like it? Fine. But to say that they're purely for art, when BMW themselves have clearly and repeatedly emphasized the point that they're specifically for airflow management is the height of foolishness.

        If the blades, tunnels, and winglets are functional (and by all appearances, they are, when you see how the skin sits over the body, and air flows through it), then you can be sure they'll be gone from the production car. However, as the design is using these blades / vents / winglets as integral to the airflow management, then we'll see them pretty much as-is, with perhaps just a bit of tweaking as BMW further optimizes the shape for drag, downforce, and stability.

        Just because *you* don't understand what BMW's doing, that doesn't mean that BMW or I don't understand it. Why you persist in making nonsensical, mistaken claims, I can't possibly imagine. Same with your statements that BMW and I are "making things up" - by what factual basis are you contradicting BMW? How are you able to prove that the VED would have less drag and better stability if those vents were blocked off, and the blades removed? Do you work for BMW? Do you have access to the BMW CFD models? Do you have wind tunnel data that you can share? If you want to contradict what appears to be a perfectly plausible claim by BMW, how about you get some facts together, rather than just spouting off an ignorant, unformed, irrational opinion as fact?

        And for the record, Porsche doens't make jellybeans. The Gen 1 Taurus, Audi 5000 are jellybean cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Um, you do realize that the entire point of putting a concept into production is to sell something which is more-or-less identical to the concept car, right?

        If you look at the car, those "open spaces" are computer-optimized for aerodynamic efficiency, to move air through and around the car in the most effective way possible - they are actually perfectly rational when you look at them in more detail.

        Quite frankly, until the VED concept came out, it had been a very, very long time since I'd seen "negative space" being used so effectively and creatively. The fact that the VED will go into production is a major coup for the state of design. It's an entirely new design language that I hope to see more of.
        • 4 Years Ago
        well I'm prepared to be wrong but how do you know they are better than a smooth body?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like one of the first modern BMW without a Hofmiester kink.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now, this is a very interesting new car, it looks revolutionary in every way, and will probably inspire many a future sports car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      this will sell like hot cakes just like the Tesla Roadster....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't to see how unreliable this will be.
      • 4 Years Ago
      God dammnit. I saw Production VED and thought "NEW M1!!!!". But then remembered the engine and was disappointed.

      The fact that it has 328 bhp and (probably) loads and loads of torque from the diesel and electric engines, and still only accelerates 0-100 kph in 4.8s is also disappointing

      On the other hand, it's a highly efficient sport car that looks good, is reasonably fast, has low milage (even if the euro cycle is optimistic) and will probably handle well. Eat that, CR-Z.
        • 4 Years Ago
        you and I will never drive it so to hell with the 0-60, I for one am glad it's so damn sexy, because that I DO get to enjoy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i wasn't aware that the CR-Z cost $200K.

        let me try: take THAT 1996 Geo Metro!
        • 4 Years Ago
        im disappointed in the performance also. you can get a 2 year old tesla that was half the cost when new, down ~74 hp, and still roughly a second quicker to 60.
      • 4 Years Ago
      $200k for ~300hp. It seems disappointing. I know it gets good gas mileage, but so does the Fisker and it's cost will be $80k and has better mileage and it looks as good if not better.

      yes, I understand the Fisker does not have the same acceleration, but they can just put bigger electric motor in the car, I don't think it will affect the mpg all that much.

      • 4 Years Ago
      MPG figures of a plug-in hybrid are meaningless. It can easily achieve any MPG rating depending on the driving distance versus its electricity-only driving range.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This car is very light, very small, very aerodynamic, powered by a very tiny, efficient diesel engine - it will get excellent mileage even with the electrics off and an empty battery.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Repeat after me:

        It's all about the specifications and implementation!
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