Where numbers count: In the MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 through the banking capital Frankfurt.

BMW:Where numbers count: In the MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 through the banking capital Frankfurt.

Munich. Anyone approaching the banking metropolis of
Frankfurt am Main on the Autobahn 5 from the north will see it from
afar: the skyline of skyscraper towers where, among others, the major
financial institutions have set up their headquarters. No other city
in Germany welcomes its visitors with a comparable panorama. Frankfurt
is not only the seat of the German Stock Exchange and the European
Central Bank, but also home to the four largest national financial
institutions. The city where the heart of finance beats has a long
tradition as a trading centre and trade fair location. Frankfurt has
always paid close attention to figures. So it is fitting that the MINI
Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 (fuel consumption combined: 2.1 – 1.7 l/100
km according to WLTP, 2.1 – 1.9 l/100 km according to NEDC;
electricity consumption combined: 15.5 – 14.8 kWh/100 km according to
WLTP, 14.8 – 14.1 kWh/100 km according to NEDC, CO2 emissions
combined: 47 – 39 g/km according to WLTP, 48 – 44 g/km according to
NEDC) can score points on the test drive through the urban area and
the neighbouring regions not only with driving pleasure typical of the
brand, but also with tangible data.

Four doors, five full seats, two engines and four driven wheels –
these are the elementary figures from which both the versatility and
agile handling as well as the high efficiency of MINI’s first plug-in
hybrid model can be derived. In detail, this means: a three-cylinder
petrol engine with 92 kW/125 hp from a displacement of 1.5 litres
drives the front wheels, while a 70 kW/95 hp electric motor transmits
its power to the rear wheels. This results in a system output of 162
kW/220 hp and a hybrid-specific all-wheel drive. The precisely
controlled interaction of the two motors optimises the vehicle’s
tracking ability in the city and its sporty cornering performance on
country roads, as well as its traction on slippery roads and unpaved terrain.

In city traffic, the MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 can be driven
purely electrically. On the drive through the canyons of office
towers, to which the city owes its nickname “Mainhattan”, it
thus becomes a pioneer for sustainable mobility. Almost the entire
inner city area of Frankfurt is designated as an environmental zone.
Thanks to the Euro 6d emissions standard, the MINI Cooper SE
Countryman ALL4 is likely to start its combustion engine there, but in
local emission-free driving mode it immediately sets an example for
clean driving pleasure.

An important argument for calculators who are as cool as they are
environmentally conscious: anyone who drives to their place of work in
the city every day from their home in the surrounding countryside can
easily do this too in purely electric mode with the MINI Cooper SE
Countryman ALL4. The right figures to go with it: The electricity that
powers the electric motor is stored in a high-voltage battery with a
gross energy content of 10.0 kWh. This gives a combined electric range
of 44 to 51 kilometres. And electric commuting not only significantly
reduces energy costs. Using the MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 as a
company car also comes with a rebate from the tax office. For the
plug-in hybrid model, only half of the otherwise usual imputed income
has to be taxed.

This spares the budget for shopping trips. In Frankfurt’s city
centre, visitors have a choice between luxury boutiques and the
branches of large fashion chains, especially in Goethestraße and on
the shopping mile Zeil. Those who want to eat something in between
will find something nearby on Grosse Bockenheimer Strasse, which is
known to the locals as “Fressgass” for a reason.

One of the special features of Frankfurt’s cityscape is the
juxtaposition of the hypermodern glass and steel facades of modern
office complexes with historic buildings. No fewer than 17 buildings
reach the status of skyscraper with a height of at least 150 metres.
The old town, on the other hand, impresses with other values. The
Römer, the city’s magnificent town hall, dates from the 15th century
and, like the Kaiserdom, the Paulskirche, where the first German
parliament met in 1848, the birthplace of the poet Johann Wolfgang
Goethe, and the more than 400-year-old Haus Wertheim with its original
half-timbering, is one of the sights that survived both the Second
World War and the building and modernisation boom of the post-war era.

While sightseeing, shopping or visiting the renowned Schirn
Kunsthalle on Römerberg, time flies. Meanwhile, the MINI Cooper SE
Countryman ALL4 can replenish its power reserves at one of the
numerous public charging stations in the city. After just two and a
half hours, the high-voltage battery has reached 80 per cent of its
total capacity again with an output of 3.7 kW.

This means the MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 has enough energy for
an excursion into the green surroundings of the big city. In the west
of Frankfurt, the Taunus begins just beyond the city limits. A popular
local recreation area stretches between the Feldberg and the
Rhine-Main plain and can be reached quickly via the Frankfurt motorway
ring. In purely electric driving mode, the plug-in hybrid model
reaches a top speed of 135 km/h. If both engines are used together,
even 196 km/h are possible. In addition, 6.8 seconds are sufficient
for the sprint from standstill to 100 km/h.

On the winding country roads of the low mountain region, the MINI
Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 demonstrates its sporty talent particularly
clearly. On wet or dirty roads, the precisely coordinated power
distribution of the two engines ensures optimised driving stability.
Even when cornering at high speed, any tendency to over- or understeer
is prevented at the outset. And on the numerous inclines in the Taunus
region, the combined system torque of 385 Nm makes itself felt,
allowing the MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 to tackle every uphill
passage with spirit.

If the excursion into the countryside is to be extended into a longer
journey, the MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 is also a force to be
reckoned with. Its high-voltage battery is accommodated under the rear
seat bench to save space. This means that there are no comfort
restrictions on the three seats in the rear compared to the interior
in the conventionally powered model variants of the robust
all-rounder. The luggage compartment volume is also only slightly
smaller, ranging from 405 to 1,275 litres, so that you can be a little
more generous when packing your holiday wardrobe.

In case of queries, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Markus Bräuer, Press Spokesperson Product
Communication MINI
Tel.: +49-89-382-30327
E-mail: marus.br.braeuer@mini.com

Andreas Lampka, Head of Communication MINI
Tel.:
+49-89-382-23662
E-mail: andreas.lampka@mini.com

Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communication MINI
and
BMW Motorrad
Tel.: +49-89-382-35108
E-mail: jennifer.ruckenbrod@bmwgroup.com

Fuel consumption, CO2 emission figures and power consumption were
measured using the methods required according to Regulation VO (EC)
2007/715 as amended. They refer to vehicles on the automotive market
in Germany. For ranges, the NEDC figures take into account
differences in the selected wheel and tyre size, while the WLTP
figures take into account the effects of any optional equipment.

All figures are already calculated on the basis of the new WLTP
test cycle. NEDC values listed have been calculated back to the NEDC
measurement procedure where applicable. WLTP values are used as a
basis for the definition of taxes and other vehicle-related levies
that are (also) based on CO2 emissions and, where applicable, for
the purposes of vehicle-specific subsidies. Further information on
the WLTP and NEDC measurement procedures is also available at www.bmw.de/wltp can be found.

For further details of the official fuel consumption figures and
official specific CO2 emissions of new cars, please refer to the
“Manual on the fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption
of new cars”, available at sales outlets, from Deutsche Automobil
Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760
Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at https://www.dat.de/co2/.

The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW
Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.
The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly
facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2020, the BMW Group sold over 2.3 million passenger vehicles and
more than 169,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2020 was € 5.222 billion on revenues amounting to €
98.990 billion. As of 31 December 2020, the BMW Group had a workforce
of 120,726 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company set the course for the
future at an early stage and consistently makes sustainability and
efficient resource management central to its strategic direction, from
the supply chain through production to the end of the use phase of all products.

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Track facts and key factors: BMW i Andretti Motorsport ahead of the London E-Prix.

BMW:Track facts and key factors: BMW i Andretti Motorsport ahead of the London E-Prix.

Munich. After Maximilian Günther’s (GER) victory in New York
City (USA), BMW i Andretti Motorsport now heads to the team’s next
home event, the London E-Prix (GBR). The team’s headquarters in
Banbury (GBR) is less than 150 kilometres from the ‘ExCel Circuit’.
The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship returns to London for the
first time since 2016 with races 12 and 13 of the season on Saturday
and Sunday. One of the features of the new circuit is that it is
partly outside and partly in the halls of the ExCel London
exhibition centre. Günther and Jake Dennis (GBR), for whom the
London E-Prix (GBR) is also a home outing, lie 14th and
15th in the Drivers’ Championship – each with 54 points –
ahead of the penultimate race weekend of the season. However, they
trail the championship leader by just 27 points. BMW i Andretti
Motorsport is currently sixth in the Team competition with 108
points. In our preview, we present the most important facts and key
factors of the London E-Prix.

 

You can find detailed information in our media guide: https://b.mw/Formula_E_Media_Guide.
It provides detailed information on the technology behind the BMW i
drivetrain and the BMW iFE.21, background stories on the technology
transfer between motor racing and production development, the BMW i
Andretti Motorsport Team and the drivers as well as the BMW Group
safety car fleet. It is updated with facts and figures on the
respective event after each race weekend.

TRACK FACTS LONDON.

Circuit length

2.252 km. Clockwise.

Corners

22 – 13 right, 9 left.

Track surface

Very bumpy, even a possibility of jumping.

Grip level

Low. Should it rain, the switch
from the wet track outside to a dry track inside would be unusual.

Layout

Section between T20 and T8 is
covered. Ramps between T2 and T3, and T21 and T22. Very
narrow and slow circuit with hairpins. T11 is taken at just
30 km/h. Very few overtaking opportunities. No run-off
zones, so no room for driver error.

Brakes

As energy management will barely
play a role, despite the reduction of the amount of energy
available, brakes will be put under a lot of strain.

Top speed

Approx. 195 km/h ahead of T1.

Attack Zone

On the outside of T16. Possible
loss of position. To be avoided at all costs, as overtaking
is very difficult, even in Attack Mode.

Pit lane

Entry after T22, exit on the
outside of T2.

Key factors

Good start position, good
traction and rotation of car, caution against crashing on
narrow circuit.

Quotes ahead of the London E-Prix:

 

Roger Griffiths (Team Principal BMW i Andretti Motorsport):

“Fresh from the success in the New York City race, our team heads to
the second of its ‘home race events’. It is fantastic to be back in
London after such a long absence. A new and very unique venue for all.
It’s the first time that the track will feature an indoor section as
well as the conventional outdoor surfaces. At this stage, we know
little of the track surface and how this will evolve with cars running
on it. Fortunately, we have a practice session on the Friday afternoon
which will give us overnight to review and consider how we might adapt
to the new circuit. For the first time as well, the FIA has decided to
reduce the amount of available energy to us for the race by just under
ten percent. The nature of the track with the full amount of energy
would likely have led to flat out racing but the reduced amount will
bring back an element of energy saving. Both drivers now have a win a
piece and I am sure both will be vying for more success. There is a
lot to play for in both the team’s and driver’s championships.”

 

Jake Dennis (#27 BMW iFE.21):

“I am extremely excited about my home race in London. Nobody knows
the circuit, which suits me as a rookie. I hope we come out of the
blocks quickly in the first practice session and qualify well. It
looks as though it is going to be difficult to overtake, which makes
it all the more important to secure a good grid position.”

 

Maximilian Günther (#28 BMW iFE.21):

“London is an outstanding place to go racing. It’s a really cool
element to be racing indoor and outdoor. The track looks very
technical and I definitely can’t wait to drive my first proper laps
there. We are heading into the last four races of the season and
everything is possible. So as always, we just focus on a good
performance from our side.”

 

The FANBOOST vote.

FANBOOST gives Formula E fans the opportunity to vote for their
favourite driver and award them an extra boost of power during the
race. The five drivers with the most FANBOOST votes receive an extra
100 kJ of power, which they can make use of during a brief time frame
in the second half of the race. Fans can vote for their favourite
driver in the four days prior to, and leading up to 15 minutes into,
each race. Each fan can vote once per day. There are two ways to vote:
Online at https://fanboost.fiaformulae.com/
or via the official Formula E App.

 

The BMW Group Safety Cars.

The BMW Group has been represented in the ABB FIA Formula E
World Championship as ‘Official Vehicle Partner’ since the very
beginning and will continue to provide the fleet of safety cars for
season 7 of the fully-electric racing series. Alongside the BMW i8
Roadster Safety Car (fuel consumption (combined): 2.0 l /100 km;
energy use (combined): 14.5 kWh /100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 46
g/km)*, which has been modified specially for racing use, the MINI
Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW will be appearing as a new safety
car from the Rome E-Prix onwards. The development of the car based on
the new MINI Cooper SE represents a hitherto unique collaboration
between MINI Design, BMW Motorsport, the FIA and Formula E. The fleet
also includes the BMW i3s (Power consumption in kWh/100: 14.6-14.0
(NEDC); 16.6-16.3 (WLTP), electric range in km: 278-283 (WLTP))* as
‘Race Director Car’ and the BMW iX3 (Power consumption in kWh/100:
17.8-17.5 (NEDC); 19.0-18.6 (WLTP), electric range in km: 450-458
(WLTP))* in its roles as ‘Medical Car’ and ‘Rescue Car’.

The values for fuel consumption, CO2 emission and energy consumption
shown were determined in the standardized test cycle according to the
European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the
time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic
configuration in Germany and the range shown considers optional
equipment and the different size of wheels and tires available on the
selected model. The values are already based on the test cycle
according to the new WLTP regulation and are translated back into
NEDC-equivalent values in order to allow a comparison between
vehicles. With respect to these vehicles, for vehicle related taxes or
other duties based (at least inter alia) on CO2-emissions the CO2
values may differ to the values stated here.
Effective
06.12.2018
Further information about the official fuel
consumption and the official specific CO2 emission of new passenger
cars can be taken out of the „handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2
emission and power consumption of new passenger cars“, which is
available at all selling points and from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand
GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, and
under https://www.dat.de/co2/.

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BMW Motorrad and Marshall announce strategic partnership.

BMW:BMW Motorrad and Marshall announce strategic partnership.

Munich. Riding a motorcycle while listening to music
– both fit well together, as they promise deep emotional experiences
and intense pleasure on two wheels. It is not for nothing that
generations of artists have dedicated their songs to the experience of
motorcycling. “Born to be Wild” is a notable example.

To ensure that beats and basses perfectly complement the ear
while riding, BMW Motorrad has long been engaged in intensive
development work on its sound systems. With its now agreed long-term
partnership with world-renowned British company Marshall
Amplification
, the innovation and quality of BMW Motorrad
sound systems are set to reach new heights.

For 60 years, Marshall, originally from Hanwell, London, now
based in Bletchley, Milton Keynes (UK), have produced legendary guitar
amplifiers used by the world’s best musicians. Since 2012 they have
expanded their audio quality into award winning headphones and active
speakers designed for music lovers.

The legendary Marshall spirit and the development power of BMW
Motorrad will in future be reflected in new innovative products for
motorcycles and music, especially in the BMW Motorrad Heritage segment.

BMW Motorrad will present the first new products resulting from
this strategic partnership very soon. Stay tuned to find out more
about this on 29 July 2021.


You will find press material on BMW motorcycles and BMW Motorrad
rider equipment in the BMW Group PressClub at www.press.bmwgroup.com.

In case of queries please contact:


Dominik Schaidnagel, BMW Motorrad Communications

Tel.: +49-89-382-50181, Dominik.Schaidnagel@bmw.de

Tim Diehl-Thiele, Head of Communications BMW Motorrad

Tel.: +49-89-382-57505, Tim.Diehl-Thiele@bmw.de

Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communications MINI and BMW Motorrad

Tel.: +49-89-382-35108, Jennifer.Ruckenbrod@bmwgroup.de


Internet: www.press.bmw.de

E-mail: presse@bmw.de

 

The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad,
the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of
automobiles and motorbikes and also provides premium financial and
mobility services. The BMW Group production network comprises 31
production and assembly facilities in 15 countries; the company has a
global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2020, the BMW Group sold over 2.3 million passenger vehicles
and more than 169,000 motorbikes worldwide. The profit before tax in
the financial year 2020 was € 5.222 billion on revenues amounting to €
98.990 billion. As of 31 December 2020, the BMW Group had a workforce
of 120,726 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company set the course for the
future at an early stage and consistently makes sustainability and
efficient resource management central to its strategic direction, from
the supply chain through production to the end of the use phase of all products.

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The BMW Group at the IAA MOBILITY 2021 show: Open discussions on the sustainable mobility of the future – in person in Munich and digitally around the world.

BMW:The BMW Group at the IAA MOBILITY 2021 show: Open discussions on the sustainable mobility of the future – in person in Munich and digitally around the world.

Munich. After 70 years in Frankfurt am Main, the IAA
motor show will take place for the first time in the BMW Group’s home
city of Munich. Over the six days from 7 – 12 September 2021,
exhibitors will showcase their latest innovations and discuss the
mobility of the future with trade professionals and members of the
public. The main topics of the IAA MOBILITY 2021 will be circular
economy, sustainability and urban mobility.

The IAA is looking to strike up dialogue with visitors at various
locations in the Bavarian regional capital – both the traditional
exhibition halls and the Open Space made up of Munich’s most
attractive city squares. Visitors who can’t be there in person can
live-stream the IAA or catch up with events using recorded coverage.

With its Open Space stage for new mobility concepts, the IAA will
create an easily accessible format for visitors and take the personal
mobility of the future to where it will take place – in the heart of
the city. On city squares in the centre of Munich, such as
Marienplatz, Odeonsplatz or Max-Joseph-Platz, visitors will be able to
explore the latest vehicles and innovations from well-known carmakers,
and get involved in live discussions and an extensive entertainment
and cultural programme.

The BMW Group will be the largest exhibitor at the IAA and will
welcome visitors to the halls at the exhibition grounds, to BMW’s
“four-cylinder building” headquarters, BMW Welt and the BMW Museum,
and to the BMW Hubs exploring the themes of sustainability and
circular economy at Max-Josef-Platz in front of the Bavarian State Opera.

“The IAA is exploring the challenges of mobility in the future and
offers an important forum for the ideas and concepts that carmakers
are coming up with,” says Jens Thiemer, Senior Vice President Customer
and Brand BMW. “BMW wants to be part of the discussion and is keen to
actively offer solutions. To this end, we are using the IAA to give
insights into our visions of increased sustainability, a coherently
devised circular economy and urban mobility. We are inviting show
attendees to take part in an open discussion – in person at the BMW
Hubs in Munich and digitally around the world.”

“Climate protection and personal mobility are not a contradiction in
terms,” emphasises Maximilian Schöberl, General Representative of BMW
AG and Head of Group Communications and Politics at the BMW Group.
“Our company is using new technologies, innovations and our
cutting-edge vehicles to meet the demands of society for greater
sustainability – without taking personal mobility away from people.”

Open Space: a forum for information and
discussion
The new Open Space event concept sees the IAA
branching out beyond the show halls for the first time and opening up
to a wider audience. Across a network of hip, modern Labs in Munich,
exhibitors will discuss future mobility with members of the public.
The BMW Group is seeking to hold an open discussion with trade
professionals and the public at two locations in the city.

BMW Sustainability Lab
The BMW Group has set
itself the twin goals of cutting CO2 emissions from
production by 80 per cent up to 2030 and bringing a total of around
ten million fully electric vehicles onto the roads over the next ten
years or so. In addition, the aim is to reduce CO2
emissions per vehicle over the course of their lifecycle by at least a
third. The BMW Group is also committed to putting in place the most
sustainable supply chain in the whole of the automotive industry.

How these aims can be achieved is the focus of the BMW Sustainability
Lab. The spotlight here extends beyond the development of locally
emission-free vehicles; the BMW Group is taking a holistic approach to
sustainability, and that means also addressing social sustainability,
materials procurement, supply chains and social responsibility when it
comes to both the community as a whole and its employees.

“As a premium manufacturer, we want to be a leader in
sustainability,” explains Maximilian Schöberl, referencing the
integrated BMW Group Report, which makes the company’s goals
transparent to all. “With our focus on sustainability, we are helping
the environment and meeting our social responsibility. Premium will in
future be viewed in terms of sustainability and responsible action –
and these two aspects will be inextricably linked at the BMW Group.”

At the BMW Sustainability Lab on Max-Joseph-Platz, new technologies
and innovations developed to increase the sustainability of mobility
in the future will be revealed and discussed.

Overarching sustainability themes will be presented in an emotionally
engaging way with the help of robots moving up and down a runway (the
Sustainability Catwalk) and avatars in various video clips.

The robots are interactive. Visitors can feed them tokens to access
information on areas such as electric mobility and circular economy.
The robot projects its answers onto an LED screen.

The RE: BMW Circular Lab – Re:think, Re:use, Re:duce and
Re:cycle.
The IAA serves as a laboratory for future
mobility, and here the BMW Group will play a key part with its
sustainability-oriented approach across the board. The RE: BMW
Circular Lab will explore this subject area in greater depth. The
goal: to find solutions for a new era. The method: collaborative. The
direction: circular.

The RE: BMW Circular Lab is a hybrid experience and communications
platform focusing on circular design and circular economy. Its mission
is to create awareness, understanding and engagement, and to take the
public with us on the journey to a circular economy. Innovative ideas
and new visions take centre stage here.

“The aim of BMW is to reconcile economic interests with the natural
ecosystem,” says Jens Thiemer. “We will achieve this through a new way
of thinking, through reuse and by using fewer and more recyclable
materials.” A circular economy will help BMW to achieve an even
greater degree of sustainability in the future.”

At the RE: BMW Circular Lab, the BMW Group is inviting visitors to
the IAA to join the company on a journey to explore and shape the
future together according to the basic principles of circular design –
“Re:think, Re:use, Re:duce and Re:cycle”. A series of workshops will
give participants the chance to experience circular economy and
circular design at close quarters: how can parts and materials be
selected and combined to good effect according to the principles of
circular design? Here, “circular heroes” will give users the
opportunity to familiarise themselves with the principles of circular
design in a light-hearted, creative but still content-centric way.

Summit
The area of the Munich exhibition
grounds set aside for carmakers to unveil new vehicles and innovations
is called the Summit. The BMW Group is represented here by a number of
different Hubs.

BMW Hub
Here, visitors can experience the two
new BMW electric vehicles – the i4 and iX – in person for the first
time. The i4 is a fully electric gran coupé. Equipped with BMW eDrive
technology, the four-door model has a range of up to 590 kilometres
(BMW i4 eDrive40*: electric power consumption: 20-16 kWh/100 km
(WLTP); CO2 emissions: 0 g/km. *Estimated figures, not yet
officially confirmed.)

The new BMW iX is the product of a vision. It is purpose-built for
electric mobility and can achieve a range of up to 630 kilometres with
its efficient all-wheel drive system (BMW iX xDrive50*: electric power
consumption: 23.0-19.8 kWh/100 km (WLTP); CO2 emissions: 0
g/km. *Estimated figures, not yet officially confirmed.)

Like the i4, the iX is also due to come onto the market in November
this year. The IAA gives visitors their first chance to explore the
two electric vehicles in person.

The BMW Hub also focuses on the further development of vehicles
powered by a hydrogen fuel-cell drive system. The BMW Group is
piloting the second generation of this drive system type with the BMW
i Hydrogen NEXT. This all-electric vehicle – which is currently
undergoing testing in everyday conditions – uses hydrogen as an energy
source, converting it into power in a fuel cell. At the IAA, the
vehicle (based on the BMW X5) will be on show at the BMW Hub and BMW
Welt, and in action as a shuttle in the Blue Lane connecting the show locations.

BMW Motorrad: an established component of the urban mobility
concept.
As well as the two new electric BMW models,
visitors to the company’s stand will also find the latest highlights
from BMW Motorrad. These play an established role in the BMW Group’s
approach to developing innovative mobility solutions in the future.

BMW Motorrad will have a total of three pioneering models on display
at this year’s IAA. These include the BMW CE 04 electric scooter with
its completely re-thought design. The CE 04 celebrated its world
premiere on 7 July 2021, and the IAA will now give the wider public
the chance to view and come into contact with it.

In addition to the emission-free BMW CE 04 scooter, BMW Motorrad is
also unveiling two other exciting concept studies at the IAA. These
fully electric mobility concepts for the future have been developed
specifically for use in urban spaces and to meet the preferences and
requirements of the people who live there.

MINI HUB
The main attraction of the MINI HUB at
the IAA is the MINI Urbanaut, an innovative vision of space for future
mobility. First presented at #NEXTGen 2020, the Urbanaut will appear
at the MINI HUB in the Open Space in model form and so give visitors
their first physical experience of the car. The signature MINI
characteristics are transported into the future of mobility in
distinctively re-interpreted form. The MINI Vision Urbanaut epitomises
the “Clever Use of Space” and provides an answer to the needs of
future cities and lifestyles.

The electrically powered MINI Vision Urbanaut offers the user a host
of MINI moments: “Chill” gives them a kind of retreat and urban oasis;
“Wanderlust” provides a road-trip companion; and “Vibe” creates a
meeting place for friends and family.

To this end, the interior has been completely reimagined and given an
extremely warm and cosy ambience through the use of sustainable
materials such as cork for the flooring and steering wheel and
recycled textiles for the seats. The reduction in the number of
component parts included and the lack of leather and chrome underscore
the Vision’s focus on sustainability.

Visitors to the Open Space can sample the highlights of the MINI
Vision Urbanaut at close quarters. Among them are the rotating
driver’s seat, a dashboard that lowers and can turn into a daybed, and
a steering wheel that extends when the relevant MINI moment is
initiated. Another impressive feature is the opening/closing
functionality of the windscreen, which combines with the daybed to
create a “Street Balcony”.

BMW Startup Garage Hub
Visitors can get up to
speed on the BMW Startup Garage at the BMW Startup Garage Hub. An
exhibition showcases a selection of innovative startups which are now
part of the BMW Startup Garage scheme and already play a major role in
increasing sustainability.

A live pitch event – one of the highlights of the programme – will
take place on 9 September. This one-hour show will see innovative
young companies from around the world presenting their standout
technologies in the area of sustainability.

The startups were selected and assessed as part of the Open Call 360°
Sustainability Challenge. The finalists are given access to the BMW
Startup Garage’s venture client programme, opening up the opportunity
for a long-term supplier relationship.

The BMW Group launched the BMW Startup Garage as a venture client
unit in 2015. Since then, more than 100 young technology companies
have passed through the programme, with investment volumes exceeding
2.8 billion US dollars.

The aim of the BMW Startup Garage is to provide early access to new
technologies and innovations focusing on future mobility. Recently
founded companies worldwide can sign up to take part in the programme
at the BMW Startup Garage site www.bmwstartupgarage.com.

BMW “four-cylinder” building and BMW Welt
Other
go-to locations for IAA visitors this year include the illuminated BMW
“four-cylinder” building and nearby BMW Welt and BMW Museum.

The futuristic exhibition, experience, and event space of BMW Welt
will provide the largest showroom at the IAA. Here at the BMW Group’s
experience world, visitors can admire most of the current models from
the BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad brands.

A new exhibition on sustainability at the BMW Museum is opening for
the IAA. Covering a 1,000-square-metre area, it will give visitors the
chance to learn more about electric vehicles and how a coherent
circular economy approach can reduce CO2 emissions from
production. The exhibition will stay open beyond the IAA and run for
17 months in total.

Blue Lane: low-emission link between the IAA
venues
Visitors can reach the exhibitors’ various event
locations via the Blue Lane. Just under 12 kilometres in length, this
route through the centre of Munich links all the BMW locations, from
the IAA show halls with the various BMW Hubs, to BMW Welt and the Open
Space areas including BMW’s Sustainability Lab and RE: BMW Circular
Lab located at the Bavarian State Opera.

In the test area for electric, hybrid and hydrogen-powered vehicles,
visitors can experience for themselves trailblazing innovations
focusing on mobility and emission-free driving. The Blue Lane links
car traffic and local public transport.

The BMW Group digital world at the IAA
Mobility
fans unable to attend the IAA in person can follow the world’s largest
motor show live via IAA Mobility Virtual or stream the recorded
coverage later on. The BMW Group has set up a dedicated digital
channel for this service which will allow it to guide online visitors
around all the BMW locations and themes.

People attending BMW’s Summit events digitally will witness the
presentation of the latest vehicles, can find out more about
sustainability and circular economy in the Hubs and Labs, attend
presentations and discussions on the future of mobility and learn more
about innovations. The BMW Group will have an online presence across
the IAA and invite attendees to participate interactively. Visitors
can log on as an avatar and explore the BMW Group’s digital world with
total freedom.

Original Press Release

Third place on the podium for the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team in dramatic 12-hour race at Estoril.

BMW:Third place on the podium for the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team in dramatic 12-hour race at Estoril.

Estoril. Second race and a second podium finish for the BMW
Motorrad World Endurance Team and the new #37 BMW M 1000 RR in the
FIM Endurance World Championship 2021 (FIM EWC). In the, at times,
dramatic 12-hour race at Estoril (POR), Xavi Forés (ESP), Markus
Reiterberger (GER) and Kenny Foray (FRA) secured third place on the
podium as at the Le Mans (FRA) season opener. Once again they
battled their way back up the field impressively after a fall in the
opening stage forced the team right down the field to start with.
The podium finish was a fitting present for Team Manager Werner
Daemen’s 50th birthday.

 

Everything was going perfectly for the BMW Motorrad World Endurance
Team to begin with. Starting from second on the grid, Forés took the
lead after just a few minutes. The #37 M RR dropped back into second
place briefly after about 50 minutes, but was soon back in front.
Reiterberger then extended the lead but after almost two and a half
hours of racing Foray skidded while in the lead and fell. He returned
the #37 M RR to the pits and after a repair break lasting four and a
half minutes it was back to the race. The BMW Motorrad World Endurance
Team was temporarily in 20th place and trailing by four laps, but from
there the only way was up.

The rest of the race was turbulent at times, with various race
leaders dropping right down the field after falls or issues, but went
without a hitch for Forés, Reiterberger and Foray and they made up
place after place with fast lap times. Forés held the fastest lap time
of the whole field for quite some time. After five hours of racing
they had worked their way into the top ten. The trio was in sixth
place after seven hours, and moved up into fourth place soon after,
when two motorbikes in the leading pack collided. That was when the
BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team set about reducing the margin to the
top three.

In the final stage the race became something of a real sprint
thriller. Ninety minutes before the end the team leading at that time
developed a problem which put the podium within realistic reach of the
#37 M RR. When all the teams had completed their final pit stops 30
minutes before the chequered flag, Reiterberger, the closing rider,
was just ten seconds off the podium. He really went for it and set the
team’s fastest race lap in the final stint (just six-thousandths of a
second behind the fastest lap overall). Reiterberger closed the gap to
two seconds – and just a few minutes before the end of the race, the
rider in third place ended up in the gravel. That cleared the path to
third place and the second podium finish in a row. After 416 laps,
Reiterberger crossed the finish line in third place with the #37 M RR,
just 0.976 seconds behind second place.

The privateer BMW squad Team LRP Poland finished in 16th place. The
riders of the #90 BMW S 1000 RR were Nigel Walraven (NED), Stefan
Kerschbaumer (AUT) and Thomas Gradinger (AUT).

Quotes after the ‘12 Hours of Estoril’.

 

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director:
“Congratulations to the whole team on another fantastic
performance. It was a real thriller and history repeated itself. It
was similar to Le Mans: leading shortly after the start, then a
setback, then moving up the field to finish on the podium. We weren’t
quite able to race at our pace in the first stint with the cool track
temperatures. Things went really well from the second stint and our
pace was definitely good enough to win. Unfortunately, Kenny fell and
we dropped down to P20. Everyone did a magnificent job in the ensuing
race to catch up. Our pace was really good down to the wire, but
realistically we wouldn’t have done better than P4 or P5. But the
other teams also experienced a few dramas, so the battle for P2 to P4
was really close in the end. We had to change the brakes, which was
planned, but the final two stints from Xavi and Markus were incredibly
strong so we really piled the pressure on the rider in third place. To
end up finishing in P3 less than one second behind second place –
after the fall at the beginning – we have to be pleased with that
result. We saw that we had the pace required to win. Now we are in a
very good starting position for the rest of the season, and our motto
for the Bol d’Or in September is ‘full attack’. After all, we are
still in with a chance of winning the world championship. We still
have some work to do, but have a very good team, a very good bike, and
the potential to become even better. I’d like to thank the team, they
did a fantastic job, were great in the pit stops, and I’m happy that
we could mark Werner Daemen’s 50th birthday by gifting him this podium.”

 

Werner Daemen, Team Manager BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team:
“What a big day. It was a very exciting day, to be honest.
I’m really enjoying my present now. It also was a very difficult day
with the crash and some small issues but in the end we got the podium
and I am really, really happy. I think the team again did a great job
and except for the crash, everything was perfect and we showed again
that we are among the top runners in the World Championship. I am sure
that soon we can reach the highest step of the podium.”

 

Markus Reiterberger: “Xavi did a great opening stint.
I took over being in the lead, was able to extend the gap again and
hand over the bike in the lead, too. Unfortunately, Kenny then fell.
Initially, that was a setback for us all but we kept our focus and
always said that we try to get the best out of it. 12 hours is not as
long as 24 hours but we still can achieve something. Xavi did really
strong lap times and I then was able, especially in my last stint, to
give my everything. The bike worked perfectly for me in cooler
conditions. I really pushed and if the race had lasted one lap more,
even second place would have been possible. But we made it to the
podium and that is the main thing. We are still in the mix in the
World Championship.”

 

Xavi Forés: “It was a very tough race. Honestly,
after the crash we could not expect to finish on the podium. But we
had a really good pace, the bike was working really well, so credit to
all the team that worked amazingly to fix the bike in a way that I
could get 1:39 times in all my stints. I am really happy with the
performance we had all weekend. We have shown that we are really
strong and as soon as we can complete the race with no mistakes or
issues we will be on the top step. Thank you to the entire team and to
Markus and Kenny; they did an amazing job. Now roll on Le Castellet in September.”

 

Kenny Foray: “First of all I want to apologise for my
crash. It was a small mistake but it what it is. I am very
disappointed about it because I think today it was possible to easily
win. The bike was perfect, the tyre, too, and the riders were strong.
Especially my team-mates were incredible. I love endurance for that;
you never give up and that we could make it to the podium was
fantastic. A big thank you to the team, thank you to Xavi and Markus,
because it was an incredible effort today.”

Original Press Release

With traditional sporting spirit in the name of John Cooper: The MINI Anniversary Edition.

BMW:With traditional sporting spirit in the name of John Cooper: The MINI Anniversary Edition.

Munich. The name John Cooper, born 98 years ago
today, stands not only for great successes in Formula 1, but also for
the traditional sporting spirit of the MINI brand. 60 years ago, John
Cooper laid the foundations for a legendary racing victory in the
classic Mini. It was the beginning of the collaboration between MINI
and the Cooper Family that continues today.  The shared tradition
stretches from the very first Mini Cooper, launched in September 1961,
to the sporty John Cooper Works models in the current model range.

To mark the anniversary, the British premium brand is presenting a
special edition of the MINI 3-door that combines a return to history
with state-of-the-art technology. The MINI Anniversary Edition is a
tribute to John Cooper, who passed away in 2000, and a testament to
how maximum driving pleasure is enjoyed in his name today, in the
premium small car segment.

Exclusive design and equipment features make the Anniversary Edition
 an attractive proposition for MINI fans around the world who are
passionate about the brand’s sporting history, closely associated with
the John Cooper name. The special edition will be available as MINI
Cooper 3-door (fuel consumption combined: 6.1 – 5.5 l/100 km according
to WLTP, 5.5 – 5.3 l/100 km according to NEDC; CO2 emissions combined:
138 – 124 g/km according to WLTP, 127 – 120 g/km according to NEDC),
MINI Cooper S 3-door (fuel consumption combined: 6.7 – 6.2 l/100 km
according to WLTP, 6.5 – 6.2 l/100 km according to NEDC; CO2 emissions
combined: 151 – 140 g/km according to WLTP, 149 – 142 g/km according
to NEDC) and MINI John Cooper Works (fuel consumption combined: 7.1 –
6.8 l/100 km according to WLTP, 7.1 – 6.9 l/100 km according to NEDC;
CO2 emissions combined: 161 – 155 g/km according to WLTP, 163 – 158
g/km according to NEDC). Production is limited globally to just 740
units. The number of units available in this edition refers to the
starting number 74, which the classic Mini Cooper wore on its first
successful race track appearance.

John Cooper earned his status as a racing pioneer as early as the
1950s and with his mid-engine sports cars, he revolutionised Formula
1. His idea, which is still used today, of placing the engine behind
the driver instead of in front of him, helped Jack Brabham to secure
two world championship titles in 1959 and 1960 in Formula 1 Cooper
racing cars. With his penchant for unorthodox solutions, Cooper was
similar to his friend and fellow designer Alec Issigonis, who in turn
had caused a revolution in the small car segment with the classic
Mini. John Cooper immediately recognised the sporting potential of the
compact four-seater and initiated the construction of a small series
of vehicles with larger brakes and an increased engine output from 34
to 55 hp. The Mini Cooper was born and became an instant success. The
Cooper brand and the name lettering surrounded by a red ring now
became famous. Two years later, the even more powerful Mini Cooper S
followed, which laid the foundation for three overall victories at the
Monte Carlo Rally in 1964, 1965 and 1967.

From then on, Cooper tuning kits for the brand’s production vehicles
enjoyed growing popularity. And even before the market launch of the
modern MINI in 2001, the John Cooper Works brand was created. With
this brand, John Michael “Mike” Cooper, the son of the
Formula 1 team boss, continued the cooperation with MINI.

Since 2008, John Cooper Works models have been at the top of the MINI
range as top athletes – now with up to 225 kW/306 hp and suspension
technology developed with racing know-how. The joint sporting career
of MINI and John Cooper Works has been obvious in recent times by six
overall successes in the Dakar Rally. In the latest generation,
Charlie Cooper contributes, as a racing driver and brand ambassador,
to continue the collaboration between his family and MINI.

Nuances of the shared history of MINI and the Cooper Family can be
found both on the exterior and in the interior of the new edition
vehicles. As early racing cars designed by John Cooper were
recognisable by their green paintwork with white accents, the MINI
Anniversary Editions are offered in British Racing Green metallic.
Alternatively, Midnight Black metallic variant is available, and for
MINI John Cooper Works the Rebel Green body colour is also offered.
All paint finishes are combined with a roof, exterior mirror caps,
door handles and surrounds for the headlights and rear lights in
white. Other exterior trim elements are offered in Piano Black high gloss.

These exterior features are complemented by white bonnet stripes and
a red accent line, a number 74 on the bonnet and doors of the edition
vehicles, is reminiscent of the start of a sporting career, as the
classic Mini Cooper once wore the starting number 74 when it won its
first class on the racetrack.

The MINI Anniversary Edition combines the contents of the John Cooper
Works Trim with model exclusive features that emphasise the sporty
character and the awareness of the historical roots. For example, the
suspension with frequency-selective damping is supplemented by 18-inch
John Cooper Works light-alloy wheels in Circuit Spoke 2-tone design.
The “COOPER” name logo can be found on the door sill trims,
on the side scuttles, on the C-pillars and on the center spoke of the
Nappa sports leather steering wheel.

The interior equipment of the edition includes John Cooper Works
sports seats in Dinamica/leather Carbon Black finish, an
anthracite-coloured headliner, stainless steel pedal set and interior
trim in  Piano Black high-gloss. The red ring from the original John
Cooper logo adorns the luggage compartment lid and the interior
surface on the passenger side. On the driver’s side, the interior
surface features the signatures of John, Mike and Charlie Cooper. As a
further indication of the exclusive character of the edition, the
inside of the driver’s door frame features an emblem with John
Cooper’s signature, the handwritten note “1 of 740” and the
words “60 YEARS OF MINI COOPER – THE UNEXPECTED UNDERDOG”.

The exclusive and sporty look of the edition vehicles can be rounded
off with selected retrofit options from the Original MINI Accessories
range. The MINI Waistline Finisher in Piano Black completes the
attractive contrast between black and white trim elements on the
exterior. Other options include a MINI Sport aerial and tailpipe trims
in carbon finish. Punched and slotted John Cooper Works brake discs
are also available for the MINI John Cooper Works in the Anniversary Edition.

In case of queries, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Julian Kisch, Press Spokesperson Product
Communication MINI
Tel.: +49-89-382-38072
E-mail: julian.kisch@mini.com

Andreas Lampka, Head of Communication MINI
Tel.:
+49-89-382-23662
E-mail: andreas.lampka@mini.com

Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communication MINI and BMW
Motorrad
Tel.: +49-89-382-35108
E-mail: jennifer.ruckenbrod@bmwgroup.com

Fuel consumption, CO2 emission figures and power consumption were
measured using the methods required according to Regulation VO (EC)
2007/715 as amended. They refer to vehicles on the automotive market
in Germany. For ranges, the NEDC figures take into account
differences in the selected wheel and tyre size, while the WLTP
figures take into account the effects of any optional equipment.

All figures are already calculated on the basis of the new WLTP
test cycle. NEDC values listed have been calculated back to the NEDC
measurement procedure where applicable. WLTP values are used as a
basis for the definition of taxes and other vehicle-related levies
that are (also) based on CO2 emissions and, where applicable, for
the purposes of vehicle-specific subsidies. Further information on
the WLTP and NEDC measurement procedures is also available at www.bmw.de/wltp can be found.

For further details of the official fuel consumption figures and
official specific CO2 emissions of new cars, please refer to the
“Manual on the fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption
of new cars”, available at sales outlets, from Deutsche Automobil
Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760
Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at https://www.dat.de/co2/.

The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW
Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.
The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly
facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2020, the BMW Group sold over 2.3 million passenger vehicles and
more than 169,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2020 was € 5.222 billion on revenues amounting to €
98.990 billion. As of 31 December 2020, the BMW Group had a workforce
of 120,726 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company set the course for the
future at an early stage and consistently makes sustainability and
efficient resource management central to its strategic direction, from
the supply chain through production to the end of the use phase of all products.

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Original Press Release

FIM EWC: Second on the grid for BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team at 12 Hours of Estoril.

BMW:FIM EWC: Second on the grid for BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team at 12 Hours of Estoril.

Estoril. The
BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team will start the 12-hour race
in Estoril (POR), the second round of the 2021 FIM Endurance World
Championship (FIM EWC), from second on the grid with the #37 BMW M
1000 RR. In the two-part qualifying session on Thursday and Friday,
the three riders Xavi Forés (ESP), Markus Reiterberger (GER) and
Kenny Foray (FRA) achieved an average lap time of 1:38,773 minutes,
qualifying in second place.

 

After testing on Tuesday, the ‘12 Hours of Estoril’ officially got
underway with the free practice session at lunchtime on Thursday.
Reiterberger got the best time of 1:39.094 minutes with the #37 M RR.
Forés beat this in qualifying, securing the best time of the day with
a time of 1:38.707 minutes. The average times of the best times of
each of a team’s riders are used to calculate the starting positions.

The 12-hour race in Estoril gets underway at 9.00 a.m. local time
(10.00 a.m. CEST) on Saturday (17th July). The privateer BMW Team LRP
Poland will start the race from 14th on the grid with their #90 BMW S
1000 RR.

Quotes after qualifying for the ‘12 Hours of Estoril’.

 

Werner Daemen, Team Manager BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team:
“I am quite happy about qualifying. All three riders did a
very good job. Xavi and Markus both rode 1:38 times, which was very
strong, and also Kenny did a very good job. He went out in the end
when there was oil on the track, but still bettered his lap time. I am
especially very happy about the race pace, and that is most important.
We are among the frontrunners, all looks good, the team atmosphere is
good. I expect an interesting fight for the first three places.”

 

Markus Reiterberger: “We can be pleased with the
qualifying sessions. We all rode on the same set of tyres yesterday.
Xavi got a fantastic time, and then Kenny and I were on used tyres,
but still did well. It was cooler this morning and everyone was using
new tyres. All three of us improved on our times. Second place is
incredibly important for the start. Now we will come up with a good
strategy for tomorrow. No doubt it will be a tough, long, hot race.
But we are all feeling good and are happy with the lap times and the
feeling on the bike. Thanks go to the team, and now it’s time to go
full throttle in the race.”

 

Xavi Forés: “It was a positive qualifying for us
because all three of us riders have been more or less on the same
pace, which is quite good for the race. Starting from second position
is actually quite good because we have a good pace for the entire race
distance and the tyre life also has been quite good. We will try to
push hard, to fight for the win, to achieve a strong result for the
team and to collect important points for the championship.”

 

Kenny Foray: “It was a good qualifying, even if I was
not totally satisfied with my second session. It was difficult to
manage the tyre and I didn’t have a clear lap. But overall we are
happy with the race pace and the feeling with the race tyre. So for
me, I am confident for tomorrow. As we always say: The race is
tomorrow, but it is good to secure second place in qualifying.”

Original Press Release

20 years ago: BMW Group chooses Leipzig as site for new plant

BMW:20 years ago: BMW Group chooses Leipzig as site for new plant

Leipzig. Of the 250-plus applications that came in,
only five made it onto the shortlist – but ultimately it was Leipzig
that won. Twenty years ago, on 18 July 2001, the BMW Group announced
at a press conference in Munich that it would build a new plant in
Leipzig. “Here you can see the location that best meets our needs
overall,” said Prof. Joachim Milberg, Chairman of the BMW AG Board of
Management at the time.

Leipzig as a base and the over 200-hectare site near the city’s
exhibition centre won on the basis of the following criteria:

1. Ideal conditions and location for a future plant

2. Availability of qualified personnel

3. Use of existing supplies and logistics structures

4. Very good infrastructure for traffic, supplies and waste

5. Links to the BMW production network

6. Fast implementation process

7. Economic efficiency and flexibility

At the time, the BMW Group expected… 5,500halfat in the new plant
Daily output from 2005 was projected to be 650 units, at an investment
of around €1 billion. When production was finally launched, the plant
employed about 2,500 people. Today, twenty years later, daily output
stands at more than 1,100 units, made by a plant workforce of over
8,000 employees. Investments have so far totalled more than €3 billion
and are still ongoing. Since March 2005 Leipzig has produced more than
three million vehicles in total. Speaking about the positive
development of Leipzig, Works Council Chairman Jens Köhler expressed
his delight: “Ever since the decision was made, the management and
Works Council have cooperated to increase the workforce considerably
and make us an integral part of the region.”

The choice of Leipzig received an enthusiastic welcome, and support
in the region was huge. There was also a vast number of job
applicants: the day after the announcement, the dedicated call centre
received more than 4,000 calls, and boxes and boxes of mail came in in
a matter of days. In September 2001, a first cohort of 35 trainees
began work at BMW Group Plant Leipzig. Since then Plant Leipzig has
welcomed 900 apprentices, almost all of whom continue to work there.

The BMW Group laid the foundation in Leipzig for one of the most
sustainable, state-of-the-art vehicle plants in the world. Its
particularly well thought-out, flexible structures are an outstanding
feature and include the ‘finger’ layout of the assembly hall – a world
first that enables ideal logistics solutions and offers plenty of
scope for flexibility. Specially developed for Plant Leipzig, the
‘finger’ layout allows trucks to deliver purchased parts and
pre-assemblies straight to the lineside. In addition, new production
stages can be integrated into the process and lines can be extended
without requiring new buildings.

Since 2005 Plant Leipzig has consistently demonstrated its
adaptability, integrating new products, processes and technologies and
often playing a pioneering role within the BMW Group production
network. As the birthplace of electromobility at the BMW Group, for
example, Leipzig has manufactured over 200,000 fully electric BMW i3
cars and was the first car plant in the world to use CFRP (carbon
fibre-reinforced plastic) in series production. The BMW Group
continues to benefit from the plant’s collective skills in the field
of electromobility, and Leipzig has been part of the international
production network for high-voltage batteries since May of this year.

In 2023 Leipzig will demonstrate its flexibility once again, when it
becomes the first German facility to produce both BMW and MINI
vehicles, all on the same production line. Contracted to manufacture
the all-new successor to the current MINI Countryman, the plant will
make both the combustion-powered and the fully electric versions.
“Over the last few years, we have worked constantly to lead our plant
into a successful future. The contract to manufacture the MINI
Countryman successor is taking us towards a further milestone,” said
Hans-Peter Kemser, Plant Director at BMW Group Plant Leipzig. And
that’s not the only goal Leipzig has set itself: “As a green plant, we
want not only to be carbon-neutral but also to manufacture with zero
CO2 emissions,” said Hans-Peter Kemser, announcing plans for the near
future of the plant.

Burkhard Jung, Lord Mayor of Leipzig, also sees the BMW Group’s
choice of Leipzig as a major milestone for the city and region:
“Leipzig is an industrial base again. This development – which has
been so important for us in economic terms – would have been almost
unimaginable without the decision that was made in Munich 20 years
ago. Over the last two decades, the north of Leipzig has evolved to
become an industry heartland for the entire region. It’s a
technological and industrial development that is benefitting people
from Leipzig and far beyond. BMW in Leipzig not only produces cars but
also works on the vehicles and production methods of the future. That
fills me with confidence: Leipzig will remain particularly important,
both for the transformation of transport and in the development of new technologies.”

Key events, past and future, at BMW Group Plant Leipzig:

  •  
    2002 Zaha Hadid’s proposal for the design of the
    central building is chosen. The ground-breaking ceremony his held.
  • 2003 The foundation stone is laid for the central
    building. The topping-out is celebrated.
  • 2005 Plant Leipzig goes on stream, launching series
    production of the BMW 3 Series. The central building wins the German
    Architecture Award.
  • 2009 Plant Leipzig produces its
    500,000th vehicle. The new press shop opens, with the
    first high-speed servo press in the world.
  • 2011 Plant Leipzig manufactures its millionth BMW.
  • 2013 Four wind turbines go into operation.
    Production of the BMW i3 begins, and Leipzig becomes the first car
    plant in the world to integrate CFRP into series production.
  • 2014 Production of the BMW i8 begins. The plant is
    extended to accommodate the manufacture of the BMW 2 Series Active
    Tourer (the first front-wheel drive BMW), and the press plant is upgraded.
  • 2016 Plant Leipzig manufactures its 2 millionth BMW.
  • 2017 The Battery Farm goes into operation.
  • 2019 The paintshop is upgraded.
  • 2021 Plant Leipzig produces its 3 millionth BMW.
    Production of battery modules is launched.
  • 2023 Production of the MINI Countryman successor to begin.

Original Press Release

BMW Berlin Brawl: Esports stars go back in time to the 1980s at LVL World of Gaming – FNATIC defends its title.

BMW:BMW Berlin Brawl: Esports stars go back in time to the 1980s at LVL World of Gaming – FNATIC defends its title.

Munich. The second edition of the Berlin Brawl took the United
in Rivalry teams supported by BMW and their fans back in time. On
Monday, players from G2 Esports, FNATIC, OG Esports and FunPlus
Phoenix met at LVL World of Gaming in Berlin (GER) and entered
unfamiliar territory. Instead of showing off their skills in League
of Legends, Dota 2 or Valorant, they entered the world of arcade
games and duelled each other in three cult classics from the 1980s:
Vulgus, Strider and Street Fighter II Turbo. Victory went to FNATIC,
as it did last year. In keeping with the ethos of the Berlin Brawl,
hosted by Eefje Depoortere, as Official Automotive Partner at LVL
World of Gaming, BMW showcased a real cult car, the Ken Done BMW M3
Art Car from 1989.

“This Berlin Brawl with a retro look reminded us once again that the
obsession with Esports and gaming is not a new phenomenon, it has
decades of tradition,” said Ingmar Johannsen, Head of BMW Esports.
“Congratulations to Bwipo and FNATIC, who had also edged it against G2
Esports at the Brawl premiere in 2020. Once again LVL World of Gaming
was a fantastic stage for our United in Rivalry derby. It’s fantastic
that this event got our collaboration as Official Automotive Partner
off to a spectacular start. At times there were more than 12,000
viewers following the Berlin Brawl at the same time on Twitch. The
response from the community was very positive. Thank you to all teams
who got involved in this journey to the 1980s.”

BMW Esports teams were represented by the players Caps, Mikyx (both
G2 Esports), Bean, Bwipo (both FNATIC), N0tail (OG Esports) and ANGE1
(FunPlus Phoenix) in Berlin. The challenge was to modify their skills
perfected for modern games to suit three cult classics. Bwipo was the
most successful, beating Caps in the final.

To celebrate both the arcade game era in the 1980s and the new
partnership between BMW and LVL World of Gaming, the BMW M3 Art Car of
artist Ken Done from 1989 was on display in Berlin. There is a long
tradition of BMW Art Cars. From the 1970s to today, world-famous
artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Jeff Koons have
immortalized themselves with their designs on BMW racing and road
cars. The BMW M3 made its debut in 1987, the same year that the Vulgus
game was released, and the first Street Fighter. Street Fighter II
Turbo followed in 1992, the same year in which the second-generation
BMW M3 was launched.

As part of the Berlin Brawl, BMW also gave fans the opportunity to
get further acquainted with The Rival Rig, which had made its debut at
the BMW Esports Boost at the end of June. This visionary Esports
hardware is the first product from the virtual RIVALWORKS technology
factory. The Berlin Brawl was also the first event made available for
the community to follow on the new BMW Esports Discord server. BMW
will now also present itself to fans on this communication platform
used by gamers around the world at www.discord.gg/bmwesports.

About BMW Esports.

BMW has been collaborating with five of the world’s best teams as a
partner in the classic League of Legends game since 2020. Cloud 9,
FNATIC, FunPlus Phoenix, G2 Esports and T1 fly the BMW colours in the
biggest events in the industry. The highlight of the first
collaborative season in 2020 was the Worlds, in which G2 esports and
FNATIC made it to the knock-out stage of the finals in the battle of
the world’s best teams. G2 Esports even made it to the semi-final. The
Dota 2 specialists OG Esport are a new addition to the ‘United in
Rivalry’ squad as of 2021. The involvement in Esports gives BMW
completely new touch points with a dynamic, rapidly growing community;
making Esports an important future field for BMW marketing activities.
BMW has prominent representatives in sim racing as well, and has
integrated BMW SIM Racing into its racing programme as a standalone
pillar. The BMW SIM Cups attract the world’s best sim racers, who do
battle for wins, titles and attractive cash prizes in virtual BMW
racing cars. BMW SIM Racing teams are taking part for the first time
in 2021. BS+COMPETITION, G2 Esports, Team GB and Team Redline
represent BMW on various simulation platforms.

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Bidirectional Charging Management (BCM) pilot project enters key phase: customer test vehicles with the ability to give back green energy.

BMW:Bidirectional Charging Management (BCM) pilot project enters key phase: customer test vehicles with the ability to give back green energy.

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Munich. The first vehicles for the customer pilot
phase were handed over to their users at BMW Welt on 9 July. This
means that customers are now in possession of 20 BMW i3 cars equipped
with the new technology, with a further 30 due to be delivered to
business users in the coming weeks.

The “Bidirectional Charging Management – BCM” consortium research
project launched in May 2019 brings together companies and
institutions from the automotive, charging infrastructure, energy and
scientific sectors. They have teamed up to develop technological
solutions for making electric mobility even easier and cheaper for
users, with even lower emissions.

By adopting a holistic approach, the project aims to interlink
vehicles, charging infrastructure and power grids for the first time
in a way that facilitates the use of renewable energy – and at the
same time increases power supply reliability. The research project
will run for three years under the aegis of the German Aero-space
Centre and with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic
Affairs and Energy.

Start of testing under everyday conditions.

Not only will electric vehicles with bidirectional charging
capability be able to draw electrical power for their high-voltage
battery when plugged into a compatible charging station or wallbox,
they will also have the ability to reverse the process and feed energy
back into the distribution network operator’s power grid. This will
effectively turn the electric vehicles’ batteries into mobile energy
storage devices that can also supply electricity when required.
Integrating as many electric vehicles as possible into the power grid
in this way calls for myriad innovations in terms of vehicle
technology, charging hardware, charging management, communication
interfaces with energy sector stakeholders and legal parameters.

Bringing about these advances is the task of the research
project, in which the BMW Group is acting as consortium leader. It is
joined by KOSTAL Industrie Elektrik GmbH (development of charging
hardware), KEO GmbH (software provider for connecting the customers
systems with energy suppliers), transmission network operator TenneT
and distribution network operator Bayernwerk Netz GmbH (both energy
system services), the Research Institute for Energy and Research
Association for Energy e.V. (both FfE research into energy system and
grid repercussions as well as measurement data evaluation), the
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT; research into electricity
market and grid repercussions) and the University of Passau (user
research).

The pilot customers will now be the first to benefit from this
new technology package. It essentially consists of the in-vehicle and
backend technology (BMW), the intelligent wallbox (KOSTAL) and the
networking for interconnecting the electric car, wallbox and
electrical installation in the customer’s building with the power grid
(Bayernwerk, KEO and TenneT). The first effect of this that impacts
customers directly will be the maximisation of energy generated from
their own photovoltaic system in their consumption pattern, resulting
in a sizeable reduction in electricity costs.

This will be supplemented in a second stage by vehicle-to-grid (V2G)
functionality, meaning that customers will engage in new business
models for energy trading and power grid stabilisation. Stage three
will extend the trial to customers with fleets of electric cars, who
will use their vehicles as short-term storage devices for eliminating
power consumption peaks in the daily load cycle.

The task of harmonising interaction between the individual components
and both existing and future communication standards – to ensure
seamless overall functioning – proved to be the main technical
challenge when devising this package. The vehicle development methods
and processes built up by the BMW Group and the unwavering commitment
of all project partners enabled the successful integration of such an
intricate multi-stakeholder system, including testing and validation.



Test phase for B2B customers via Alphabet


The first B2B customers are also among the test users for the
pilot phase. They were enlisted for the project with the assistance of
Alphabet Fuhrparkmanagement GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of the BMW
Group. Alphabet has been helping customers electrify their vehicle
fleets since 2013. The company uses its total e-mobility solution
AlphaElectric to provide support for customers throughout the entire
electrification process – from a needs analysis and creation of a
suitable model strategy, through to implementation of charging
solutions and intelligent billing options. The portfolio of services
also includes providing additional advice on how to draw up an
appropriate eCar Policy, for example, or optimum charging and load
management. In addition, customers can also lease charging solutions
through Alphabet.

Expanding electric mobility enhances power supply reliability.

As the number of electric vehicles on our roads continues to
expand, the amount of electric power required is going to increase in
the long term. At the same time, there will be a growing need to
control energy flows intelligently as this is the only way of making
optimum use of electricity from renewable sources.

In response to this challenge, the BMW Group teamed up with
power grid operator TenneT to develop an innovative solution as part
of a preparatory project in Germany that allows the charging strategy
for electric vehicles to factor in the customer’s mobility schedule,
the availability of green electricity and the current load on the
power grid. The intelligence required for local networking is supplied
by Bayernwerk and KEO.

In practice, this means plugged-in vehicles can suspend and
later resume charging when prompted by signals from the distribution
or transmission network operator. The bidirectional charging
technology (for backfeeding power) now being explored could lead to
even greater benefits. Indeed, it allows parked electric vehicles
hooked up to a charging station or wallbox to be used as flexible,
mobile energy storage devices.

During periods of particularly high demand for electricity, these
vehicles are able to feed additional power into the grid, while their
high-voltage batteries are mainly charged at times when electricity
from renewable sources is available or overall demand is lower. And
the stored energy can, in turn, be deployed exactly when needed,
whether for electric driving or boosting power grid
capacity.
Bidirectional charging assists the energy
revolution.
As well as improving power supply reliability,
intelligently controlled integration of electric vehicles into the
power grid can also further increase the proportion of renewable
energy in Germany’s overall electricity consumption. By utilising the
storage capacities made available in the high-voltage batteries of
electrified vehicles, supply and demand for green power can be
reconciled more effectively.

In this way, the batteries in electric vehicles can be used to
effectively absorb the peaks in wind and solar power generation, for
example, and then release the stored renewable energy again at times
of low renewable power generation (night, still weather), while always
making allowance for the customer’s driving requirements. This can
reduce the need to ramp up power generation at fossil fuel power
stations and increase their emissions during such periods, adding
further depth to the role of electric mobility as an intrinsic element
of the energy revolution. Its continued spread serves to lower CO2
emissions both from mobility-related sources and when generating electricity.

All-encompassing approach.

Nowhere else beyond the BCM project has such an all-encompassing
approach been adopted. All the relevant elements and variables for
normal operation down the line are being considered from a holistic
perspective and aligned. This means the interaction between the
charging hardware in the vehicle and at the charging point, the
accompanying digital services, plus the role of the networks at all levels.

Regulatory framework conditions and smart meter gateway as a
new component at the grid connection ensure secure communication
between energy suppliers and electric vehicles.


The legal and regulatory parameters will also be evaluated
during the pilot phase. As far as the domestic use of bidirectional
charging management by customers is concerned (“vehicle to home” or
V2H), the project partners have released an initial position paper
showing that V2H is already allowed for by current German legislation.
Analyses are now being carried out of the potential network- and
market-oriented uses under today’s regulatory framework.


Focussing on value for the customer.

The University of Passau (user research), Research Institute for
Energy (FfE) and Research Association for Energy (both energy system
analysis) and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT; research
into electricity market and grid repercussions) are evaluating the
financial and ecological benefits for customers along with the
user-friendliness of the specific bidirectional use
cases.
Bayernwerk and BMW use the internationally established
EEBUS standard for this purpose. KEO GmbH has implemented the
technical implementation of the communicative connection of customer
households via the smart meter gateway to the energy supply. The BDL
project provides important impulses for the digitalization of the
energy transition and shows possibilities for the practical
implementation of the current regulatory questions.

The FfE is making a special contribution in the form of the “FfE
joint project”, which also gets the following stakeholders from the
energy sector and industry involved in the research project:
Bayernwerk AG, IAV GmbH, illwerke vkw AG, E.ON Group Innovation GmbH,
LEW Verteilnetz GmbH, rhenag Rheinische Energie AG, Stadtwerke München
GmbH, SOLARWATT GmbH, TransnetBW GmbH, Uniper SE, Viessmann Werke GmbH
& Co. KG. As a result, experiences can be shared, standardisation
work accelerated and solutions devised that are widely accepted.

This will create a platform for subsequently implementing the
technology across the board and so integrate electric mobility into
Germany’s power grid.

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It is clear to the BMW Group that following an all-encompassing
approach and placing the focus firmly on the customer are important
success factors for the future of individual mobility.

“Thanks to our expertise in the development of charging technology
for electric vehicles, we also provide support for innovative
technological solutions like bidirectional charging,” says Frank
Weber, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development. “This
makes electric vehicles part of an enormous energy storage system and
enables them to play a key role in the energy revolution. Continuing
to drive the widespread rollout of electric mobility is of fundamental
importance for us at the BMW Group. By making huge storage capacities
available in fleets of electric vehicles, bidirectional charging could
be an important factor in eventually ending our dependence on fossil fuels.”

Electric offensive in full swing

Thanks to intelligent vehicle architectures and a highly
flexible production network, the BMW Group will have around a dozen
all-electric models on the road as early as 2023. In addition to the
BMW i3*, MINI Cooper SE* and BMW iX3* models already on the market,
two key drivers of innovation will be brought out this year in the
form of the BMW iX* and BMW i4* – with the BMW i4 actually making its
debut three months earlier than originally planned.

All-electric versions of the high-volume BMW 5 Series and the BMW X1
are set to follow in the next few years. These will be joined by a
fully electric BMW 7 Series, an electric version of the next MINI
Countryman and other models besides. As a result, the BMW Group will
have at least one all-electric model on the road in around 90 per cent
of its current market segments by 2023.

The BMW Group will increase sales of all-electric models by an
average of significantly more than 50 per cent a year from now until
2025 – meaning sales will grow more than tenfold compared to 2020. The
company will have delivered a total of around two million all-electric
vehicles to customers by the end of 2025.
Based on current
market forecasts, the BMW Group expects all-electric vehicles to
account for at least 50 per cent of its global sales in 2030. This
means the company will put a total of about ten million all-electric
vehicles on the road over the next ten years or so. The BMW Group’s
strategy is therefore on course to meet the EU’s ambitious carbon
reduction targets for 2025 and 2030.

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