BMW not done with internal combustion, new engines in development
There is a clear push for electrification globally. In reality, green car reports that global electric vehicle sales increased by 26% in 2021 compared to the previous year, or more than 6.4 million units sold worldwide. And while several automakers, such as Lotus and Renault, have already pledged to go all-electric over the next decade, BMW isn’t done with internal combustion engines just yet.
BMW Development Director Frank Weber has publicly confirmed this, through an interview with Auto Motor and Sport. According to Weber, the German company “is working on a new generation of engines: gasoline, diesel, six cylinders, eight cylinders”.
To effectively reduce BMW’s CO2 emissions globally, Weber said BMW will need a “state-of-the-art combustion engine” for a few more years. This will be the goal of the next newly developed power stations, which would also be technologically prepared for future emission standards.
“With the single six-cylinder engine, we are reducing CO2 emissions more massively than ever with a generation change,” added Weber. He also cited that emissions legislation is getting standardized around the world, which would certainly help BMW’s case.
“In order to reconcile emission requirements on the one hand and performance requirements on the other, we looked at the entire charging cycle and found a promising approach there,” Weber said.
Weber said the new engines “nothing is really like before”. There will be something completely new in the cylinder head in the name of efficiency. He believes that reducing global CO2 emissions is “crucial in the fight against climate change”, whether electric or internal combustion engine.
Weber concludes that customer requirements are just as important as the emissions reduction target.