BMW already has hybrid versions of the X6 and 7-Series, and BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer confirms that the next car to join the list is the F10 5-Series, Production and sales of the hybrid 5er will begin in 2011, and a hybrid 3-Series will come next.
“As early as next year, the new BMW 5-Series will also be available as a full hybrid,” Reithofer said at the automaker’s 90th Annual General Meeting of stakeholders. “We are anticipating the hybridization of further models series, such as the 3-Series. We also work with modules in this field, choosing the most suitable hybrid solution for the respective model,” he added.
BMW previewed the BMW Concept 5-Series ActiveHybrid at the 2010 Geneva show. This particular model houses a 300 bhp 6-cylinder engine with TwinPower turbo technology coupled with a 40kW (54 bhp) electric motor. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Though not very substantial, there’s is a 10% decrease in fuel consumption and emissions. Click here for a gallery and video of the Concept 5-Series ActiveHybrid.
Reithofer stated that it is in BMW’s master plan to reduce its global fleets carbon emissions by at least another 25% between 2008 and 2020.