Electromobility innovations by BMW Group for an electrified, sustainable future
At ‘The Future of Mobility’ forum, Dr. Andreas Aumann, Vice President Product Management BMW i and E-Mobility, BMW Group, shared BMW Group’s vision on electromobility innovations under the BMW i brand, which focuses on a visionary and ground-breaking concept for mobility that is sustainably designed throughout. This focus on sustainability dovetails with the evident increase in demand for electric vehicles around the globe with significant growth potential still present for the market.
On a global scale, the BMW Group sold more than 140,000 electrified (battery-electric and plug-in hybrid) vehicles in 2018. In total, 142,617 (+38.4%) electrified BMW and MINI vehicles were delivered to customers around the world last year.
“Electromobility is an essential pillar of the BMW Group’s corporate strategy Number ONE>NEXT and one of the company’s four key future-focused ACES topics (Autonomous, Connected, Electrified and Services/Shared). With the launch of the BMW i3, the BMW Group established itself early as a pioneer in the field of electric mobility. By 2021, the BMW Group will have five all-electric models: the BMW i3, the MINI Electric, the BMW iX3, the BMW i4 and the BMW iNEXT. By 2025, that number is set to grow to at least twelve models. Including plug-in hybrids, the BMW Group’s electrified product portfolio will then comprise at least 25 models.” said Dr. Andreas Aumann, Vice President Product Management BMW i and E-Mobility, BMW Group.
From 2021 onward, the BMW Group will be capable of manufacturing models with all-electric (BEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and conventional (ICE) drivetrains on a single production line. Its ability to integrate e-mobility in the production network enables the BMW Group to respond even more flexibly to the increasing demand for electrified vehicles. By the end of 2019, the BMW Group expects to have more than half a million electrified vehicles on the roads.
“In future, we will be able to swiftly decide which models we are going to equip with what mix of all-electric drive, plug-in hybrid drive or exceptionally efficient combustion engines. This will let us partially or fully electrify each model in accordance with market demand, creating the basis for the mass-market introduction of pure battery electric vehicles in the future.” added Dr. Aumann.
Car sharing set for promising future as BMW Group Thailand, public sector and business partners join up to drive Thailand towards emission-free car sharing solutions
BMW Group Thailand has been collaborating with the public sector and business partners to support EV-related development efforts and to provide charging station services in Thailand. In 2016, BMW Group Thailand signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) to study the prospects of electric vehicles (EV) and car sharing programs in Thailand under the “Electric Vehicle Charging and Car Sharing Zones” or “Charge & Share” initiative. Through this MoU, BMW Group Thailand has provided KMUTT with access to the BMW i3, a fully emission-free electric vehicle, as well as plug-in hybrid vehicles in the BMW 330e and BMW X5 xDrive40e.
Dr. Yossapong Laoonual, President of Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand and Chairman, Automotive Research Cluster Working Group, KMUTT said, “Charge & Share is an initiative led by Automotive Research Cluster Working Group, KMUTT. Our goal is to support EV deployment in the university, encourage commute via car sharing, and conduct research on public transit behavior in Thailand. This is a great starting point and we are pleased to be able to partner with BMW Group Thailand on the Charge & Share initiative. We strongly believe that this project will significantly drive Thailand towards sustainable future.”
Under this initiative, KMUTT has set up charging stations to offer car sharing services in the university. The BMW PHEV vehicle enables KMUTT to record drivers’ behavior as well as public behavior in Car Sharing and EV Car Sharing systems – all of which contribute to the Charge & Share project as well as analysis of future EV utilization in Thailand. Additionally, Haupcar – Thailand’s first car sharing service and application – is working with the university to facilitate the vehicle reservation, return, and general service management systems.
Haupcar currently has a fleet of 200 vehicles for rent, most of which are subcompact, compact and sedan models. The startup has signed up over 60,000 users, generally based in Bangkok. Its ambition is to expand service locations for the electric car sharing service. With the BMW i3 now involved in the pilot phase, the company aims to increase the use of electric vehicles over the coming years.
To further support the infrastructure for EV car sharing, encourage growth of electric vehicles in Thailand, and contribute to the Energy Policy and Planning Office’s (EPPO) goal of having 1.2 million EVs and PHEVs on Thai streets by the year 2036, BMW Group Thailand and ChargeNow partners have been continuously expanding the ChargeNow public charging station network across Thailand following the official launch in August 2017. Currently, there are over 121 ChargeNow and charging outlets at BMW authorized dealers ready for service in 57 locations nationwide with the aim to increase to the total of 150 chargers within 2020. And for ultimate benefit of all PHEV [plug-in hybrids] and BEV [battery electric vehicles] users, the charging stations are available in every network that carries similar standards and operates in a standardised service system.