BMW Efficient Dynamics – Saving the Earth One Particle at a Time
BMW’s Efficient Dynamics measures are a suite of technologies which conserve energy and reduce emissions while providing unmatched power and drivability. Most 2016 BMW models feature efficient turbocharged engines with direct-fuel-injection technology and brake energy regeneration. Further, plug-in hybrid vehicles such as the BMW X5 xDrive40e, BMW 330e and BMW i8, as well as the all-electric BMW i3, are pure reflections of the company’s commitment to saving the earth one particle at a time.
Most new BMW cars and SAVs feature engines with TwinPower turbocharging, an adaptable technology which reduces turbo lag and creates more power. In essence, a TwinPower turbocharger can vary its “size” (based on exhaust flow) to either decrease lag or increase power. At low RPMs and light throttle loads, the twin-scroll turbocharger will channel air through a smaller vane to allow quicker spool-up and more immediate response. At high RPMs and heavy throttle loads, it will transition to a second vane, allowing larger volumes of air to pass through and more consistent power to be produced.
Direct Fuel Injection Technology
Diesel engines have long been lauded for their high levels of efficiency, which came partially by way of spraying fuel directly into each cylinder at extremely high pressure (versus channeling it though a rail and sloppily into the combustion chamber). This direct fuel injection technology was adopted for gasoline engines due to its ability to finely meter the amount of fuel needed and, as well, to keep internal cylinder temperatures low, thereby increasing power and efficiency. Direct fuel injectors work at more than 2,000 psi (versus 35-50 psi for traditional fuel injection).
Brake Energy Regeneration
This technology isn’t simply reserved for hybrids anymore. In nearly all of BMW’s 2016 models, brake energy regeneration decreases emissions and increases power in a variety of ways. For example, when the driver begins coasting or braking, kinetic energy is transferred directly to the battery, thereby reducing the load on the vehicle’s electrical system. Then, when the driver begins to accelerate again, the alternator is decoupled, allowing for a reduced load on the engine and increased acceleration.
BMW Plug-In Hybrids and ‘i” Vehicles
With the advent of expansive public charging infrastructure, BMW has accordingly seen fit to expand their lineup of plug-in hybrid and fully-electric vehicles. The 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e and 2017 BMW 330e supplant an electric motor in place of a torque converter. In the X5, this allows full-time xDrive all-wheel drive operation even in electric mode. The BMW i3 uses a host of modern technologies including carbon core construction to reduce weight and emissions while increasing range and performance. Plus, the i3 is built in a sustainably-powered factory, its interior is almost completely recyclable, and its carbon fiber is sourced sustainably from the United States.
Simply put, this host of efficient dynamics technologies and so much more contribute to BMW’s commitment towards saving our environment. Stop in to Schomp BMW today to explore how each of these technologies can benefit you, wherever the road may lead. Whether driving through the rocky mountains or navigating Denver’s highways, these features work seamlessly to conserve fuel and save our beautiful Colorado landscape.