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BMW showcase ActiveHybrid X6 concept (12/09/07)

Offering an insight into the possible design of the forthcoming BMW X6, the Concept X6 opens up another untapped market segment, the Sports Activity Coup.  The Concept X6 also showcases ActiveHybrid, the worlds most advanced hybrid technology and an integral facet of BMWs EfficientDynamics philosophy.

The introduction of BMWs ActiveHybrid technology marks the latest landmark in BMWs development of hybrid technologies.  BMW started work on electric drivetrain research with the BMW E1 in the late 1980s and has been working on hybrid technology and its various options for more than 15 years.  Most recently, hybrid technology has been introduced as an integral part of the BMW EfficientDynamics programme.


Working alongside Global Hybrid Cooperation partners, General Motors and DaimlerChrysler, the BMW ActiveHybrid combines two compact, high-performance electric motors connected to one another by three planetary gear sets, a fixed-transmission ratio gearbox and a high-performance battery to deliver benefits over low and high speed ranges. The result is a reduction in fuel consumption by up to 20 per cent compared with a comparable BMW running on a combustion engine alone.

The BMW Concept X6 ActiveHybrid can be driven on electric power only, on the combustion engine alone, or with a combination of both power units. Depending on driving conditions, the electric motors can also be used for both accelerating and regenerative braking.  In the case of brake regeneration, the brake forces, created when coasting and when applying the brakes, supply power to the high-voltage energy storage unit to provide an increase in electric power.  A similar philosophy has already been seen in BMWs Brake Energy Regeneration systems in almost all of todays BMW model ranges.

When the driver needs all available performance to accelerate, one of the two electric motors acts as a generator, converting some of the engines power into electrical current that is subsequently fed to the battery or the second electric motor. The second electric motor then converts the power coming from the first electric motor or from the battery back into mechanical power for the output drive shaft on the transmission.


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