The common belief that electric cars are more eco-friendly than conventional, gas-powered cars is not entirely founded, with a new study finding that the Telsa Model S actually emits more carbon dioxide (C02) than the Mitsubishi Mirage.
Carried out by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the study looked at the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the Mirage, the Model S, and the BMW 750i xDrive over the course of their respective life cycles, examining the energy required to build each car, keep it fueled up with either gasoline or electricity, and recycle it.
The Mitsubishi Mirage came out on top, emitting 192 grams of CO2 per kilometer compared to the Model S’ 226 grams and the BMW’s 385 grams.
According to British magazine , the Model S had an upper hand because the study placed it in the American Midwest, a region where electricity is generated from renewable sources like wind and solar energy, undoubtedly lowering its CO2 emissions. That still wasn’t enough to beat the Mirage.
Yes, electric cars emit virtually zero CO2; however, the mining and processing of lithium to use in their battery packs is a “high-impact undertaking’ that pollutes. Considering that the bigger the car, the more minerals it needs, the small Nissan Leaf might have fared better than the Mirage had it been included in the study, while the Model X would have performed even worse than the Model S.
The researchers careful to point out that the study doesn’t mean electric cars are bad for the environment, stating “Both hybrid and electric vehicles are better than conventional cars in… emissions-intensive locations.”
Even so, so much for the “clean car” theory tossed around by automakers and government officials…
BMW 8 Series Coupe Takes Mantle Of BMW’s Flagship Two-Door
After months of spy shots and teasers, the BMW Series Coupe has finally be unveiled and is all set to go on sale in November 2018.
The new 8 Series Coupe’s design doesn’t stray too far from the striking Concept that previewed it, featuring a long, low-slung profile that’s reminiscent of the the 6 Series Coupe’s and a wedged front fascia defined by prominent grille and the slimmest headlights yet on a BMW. LED headlights are standard, while adaptive LED Headlights and BMW Laserlight lights are optional.
Jumping inside, one finds customizable 10.25-inch digital display in front of the driver and a 12.3-inch infotainment system situated directly in the middle of the dashboard. Wireless charging, the BMW Display Key and a Bowers and Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System are part of the long list of optional features.
The 8 Series will initially be offered with a choice of two engines. The M850i XDerive is equipped with a bi-turbo 4.4L V8 that produces 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft. of torque and, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, allows the large German coupe to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in 3.7 seconds before reaching a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
The 840d xDrive sources its power from a Europe-exclusive 3.0L six-cylinder diesel engine rated at 320 horsepower and 501 lb-ft. of torque. With the eight speed automatic, it completes the sprint in 4.9 seconds and has the same top speed of 155 mph.
A rear-bias xDrive all-wheel-drive system helps get all that power to the ground, while an electronic rear differential lock comes standard on the M Performance package.
Ride and handling have been optimized with BMW’s Adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers, active roll stabilization, electromechanical steering of the front wheels, rear-wheel steering and variable steering ratios.
So, what do you think — does the BMW 8 Series have the aesthetic chops to be BMW’s flagship coupe? How does it compare to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Is The New BMW Z4 A Major Design Downgrade?
We all knew the all-new BMW Z4 would be a watered-down take on the eye-catching concept, but I don’t anyone expected it to be so severely downgrade?
Patent filings for the production Z4 show a roadster that, although not ugly, is boring unlike the stunning Z4 concept it draws inspiration from. Frankly, it doesn’t look any more modern than its predecessor, which is almost 10 years old.
Why even bother with the concept in the first place?
Anyways, have a look at the indignation for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments below.
All-New, 2019 BMW Arrives With Familiar Design, Lots Of Modern Tech
BMW has unveiled the fourth-generation BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle, and it’s bigger, better, and all too familiar.
The German automaker didn’t want to mess with a good thing, so the all-new X5 has a similar appearance to its predecessor. It does however get a few design touches that make it more modern looking, including a larger version of BMW’s signature kidney grille, a front bumper with bigger air inlets, slightly hexagonal wheel archers, wider and slimmer taillights, and a more sculpted two-section tailgate.
The more muscular look is further accentuated by a short front overhang and sculpted hood. 9-inch wheels come standard, but customers have a choice of wheels up to 22-inches in size.
The latest X5 is bigger and roomier, riding on a new wheelbase that is 1.6-inches longer than the model it replaces. It is also 2.6-inches wider and 1.0-inch taller.
Inside, occupants are presented with a classic BMW layout with high-tech components and high-quality materials. The dash is highlighted by a 12.3-inch digital cluster display and a 12.3-inch center screen that runs the seventh-generation of BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, which uses the cloud and allows users to easily transfer their preferences from one BMW to another.
Standard features include power-operated and heated front seats, four-zone climate control and ambient lighting, and the options list includse a head-up display that is larger and has 3D graphics, cooled and massaging front seats, remote engine start, heated and cooled cup holders, and a panoramic glass roof Sky Lounge with a 23 percent larger glass surface.
Should you need for seats, the X5 can be equipped with with a third-row of seats.
Two different trim variants will be offered — xLine and M Sport. Although neither provides changes to the X5’s suspension or steering setups, the xLine model places an emphasis on luxury, while the M Sport model is said to enhance the driving experience.
Ride, handling and comfort can be enhanced by such options as the Adaptive M suspension Professional with active roll stabilization and Integral Active Steering, which steers the back wheels for improved maneuverability. An available two-axle air suspension can improve the X5’s ride comfort, in addition allowing drivers to raise or lower their vehicle for better off-road clearance and ease of loading.
Speaking of off-roading, a new Off-Road Package now comes standard with the air ride suspension and adds underbody protection, a electronically-controlled rear differential lock, unique instrument cluster graphics, and special off-road settings for the xDrive all-wheel drive system.
When the new X5 goes on sale, it will be offered with a with a range of gasoline and diesel engines. The BMW X5 xDrive40i is powered by a 3.0L six-cylinder engine that produces 340 hp and 332 lb-ft. of torque, allowing it to reach 62 mph in 5.5 seconds on route to a top speed of 151 mph. The X5 xDrive50i makes due with a 4.4L V8 rated at 462 hp and 479 lb-ft. of torque, completing the sprint 4.7 seconds and reaching a top speed of 155 mph.
On the diesel front, the X5 xDrive30d sources its power from a 3.0L six-cylinder diesel engine with 265 hp and 457 lb-ft, accelerates to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds and has top speed of 143 mph. The X5 M50d gets a 3.0L diesel with 400 horsepower and 560 lb-ft. of torque, reaches 62 mph in 5.2 seconds and is capped at a 155 mph top speed.
The long list of safety features includes Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Collision Warning, Frontal Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with City Collision Mitigation, Cross Traffic Alert Rear, and Speed Limit Information, all of which come standard, as well as adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam Assist and Automatic Lane Change.
BMW’s new Emergency Stop Assistant is also available. Intended to prevent accidents, it brakes the X5 automatically and steers it to the side of the road to avoid a collision, and then activates the hazard lights and alerts emergency personnel.
Need helping with your parking? Parking Assistant provides automated longitudinal and lateral guidance, while a new Reversing Assistant simplifies the task by taking over steering.
The all-new, 2019 X5 will be built at BMW’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and goes on sale in November 2018. Do you like what BMW did with it?