BMW announced this week that it will unveil a racy plug-in hybrid concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show in mid-September.
Called the Vision, the new vehicle will combine a three-cylinder, 1.5-liter turbo-diesel engine with a 10.8 kW-hr lithium polymer battery. Using the energy stored in its 98 lithium polymer cells, it will be capable of driving 31 miles in an all-electric mode. When running only on its diesel engine, it will get fuel efficiency of 62.6 mpg and offer a range of about 400 miles.
The Vision’s real eye-opener, however, will be its speed. BMW says it will go from 0 to 100 km/hr in 4.8 seconds and will hit a top speed of 155 mph.
Charging will take about 2.5 hours at a 220-V outlet, BMW says.
A bold, gold, open-air coupe may not be the ticket to automotive nirvana for every consumer, but Lexus’ LF-C2 concept car certainly turned heads at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show. What’s more, it may provide a glimpse of the luxury automaker’s future.
A half century ago, cars were still built by people, not robots. Even on some of the country’s longest assembly lines, human workers installed windows, doors, hoods, engines, windshields, and batteries, with no robotic aid.
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