BMW Group has demonstrated its commitment to the development of economic and low-emission motoring by showing and proving three of its greenest cars at the Royal Automobile Club’s RAC Future Car Challenge. Joining the BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics will be two all-electric, emission-free concept vehicles - the BMW ActiveE and MINI E.
All three will use the Brighton to London challenge as an opportunity to showcase their efficient credentials in a real world setting. On November 5th, they will compete alongside some of the world’s most advanced low-energy vehicles. The challenge requires entrants to cover a 60-mile route from Brighton’s Madeira Drive to Pall Mall in London. The overall winner will be the vehicle using the least amount of energy over the whole route, with various class awards within the challenge.
The BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics (ED) is the greenest production BMW built to date. Although returning a remarkable 68.9mpg on the UK cycle, the 320d ED doesn’t compromise performance. The 1,995cc turbo diesel produces 163hp, which will get the 320d ED from zero to 62mph in a respectable eight seconds and on to a top speed of 142mph.
As a development vehicle, the Mini E has already been proving its capabilities after 40 of the cars spent six months at the hands of volunteer testers across the UK in 2010. This mobile test bed boasts a 150kW (200bhp) electric motor powering the front wheels and offering a range of 156 miles in ideal conditions. The field trials of the Mini E are just one phase of BMW’s Project i scheme which will result in a mass-produced electric vehicle, the BMW i3, in two years time.