BMW’s Draeger predicts big EV battery improvements

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MUNICH — It wasn’t so long ago that a typical discussion with BMW’s r&d chief would focus on new combustion-engine technology, the aerodynamic qualities of the latest car designs or the relative driving characteristics of Germany’s three premium carmakers. Those topics are still important. But in an interview with automotiveIT, Klaus Draeger, BMW’s board member […]

BMW, Toyota pool research on lithium-ion batteries

Toyota's Uchiyamada said his engineers felt comfortable dealing with their BMW counterparts

BMW and Toyota signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on next-generation green technologies and pool research on lithium-ion batteries. The German premiu car maker will also supply 1.6 liter and 2.0 liter diesel engines to Toyota Motor Europe from 2014, the two companies said in a a press release. Toyota hopes its European lineup […]

BMW, PSA officially launch electrification JV

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BMW and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen Tuesday officially launched their joint venture to develop new electric powertrains and components for use in future models. The German and French car companies said in a statement that the cooperation, BMW Peugeot Electrification, aims to star building hybrid components from 2015. These will be used in models built by both carmakers. […]

BMW, Siemens, Munich to develop fast-charging infrastructure

The Drive eCharged partners are using electric Minis to test the new charging technology (Photo: Mini)

Premium carmaker BMW has teamed up with power-technology group Siemens and the city of Munich to jointly develop a system to recharge electric vehicles in a much shorter time than is possible today. The system, which will allow the use of the same charging socket with both direct current or alternating current, should become an […]

carIT Congress: The search for a connected business model

European manufacturers want functioning car connectivity by 2015

FRANKFURT – One thing was clear at last week’s first carIT Congress: Despite an abundance of new technologies coming to market, the auto industry is still hard at work to define business models for electric vehicles and the connected car. Speakers at the one-day event, whose theme was “Mobility 3.0,” presented an impressive array of […]

carIT Congress: BMW’s Frickenstein says LTE is needed

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FRANKFURT — A senior BMW executive said the era of the connected car will require a better functioning communication infrastructure and a standardization of automotive software. Elmar Frickenstein, who heads the German premium car maker’s electrical and electronics research, told the carIT conference here that an infrastructure with fast connections is needed to efficiently provide […]

BMW looking for IT experts

The i3 is the first of a new generation of BMW electric vehicles (Photo: BMW)

BMW said it is recruiting people to fill 3,500 jobs this year, more than half of them in Germany. The German premium car maker said it is in particular looking for IT skills as it plans to expand its offering of electric vehicles and further develops its connected car vision. BMW Human Resources Chief Harald […]

IAA 2011: Mini’s fifth model, the coupe

The Mini Coupe is the fifth body style offered by Mini (Photo: Mini)

Mini will showcase its fifth model, the Mini Coupe, at the Frankfurt auto show (IAA)next week. The coupe will have four engine variants ranging from a 122 bhp powerplant to the 211 bhp engine that power the flagship Mini John Cooper Works Coupe. Mini, part of Germany’s BMW group, is offering increased options to customize […]

BMW’s i3 and i8: The commercial

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Audi to show carbon-fiber electric city car at Frankfurt auto show

Audi's urban concept will have a carbon-fiber shell (Photo: Audi)

Joining the race to lead a new generation of city cars, Audi will show a 1+1 seat electrically propelled urban vehicle at next month’s Frankfurt auto show (IAA). The German premium carmaker said in a press release that the concept car, which will be made of lightweight  carbon fiber, will combine “elements of a racing […]