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Old 07-26-2008, 11:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Future BMW M Models will use hybrid technology

Eco-minded car enthusiasts may no longer have to feel guilty for not trading in their M3 for a Prius. BMW is realizing that even the most powerful cars on the market need to get greener. After talking about a V6 turbocharged engines for future M models to cut CO2 emissions, BMW has now announced hybrid-drive is also under consideration.

According to the German carmaker, the current output combination of a gasoline and electric motor is still too low and cannot be used in high performance cars. But BMW is considering using technology from Formula 1 called KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System). Just like in production hybrid cars, KERS uses a generator and battery to store energy during braking. But what makes this system unique is that its said to be five times smaller and about five times more powerful than systems in a conventional hybrid.

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I'd always feel guilty for trading an M3 for a Prius.
Thanks God I'm not dumb enough to think the Prius is an environmentally friendly car.
I'd rather stay with my 20-year-old e30. Its environmental footprint is way smaller.

edit: btw BMW does already build environmentally friendly cars. F.e. the one series with standart start/stop automatic, brake energy regeneration through the alternator, shift point indicator, reducing the consumtion as well as the Co2 output by a noticeable share

btw, thanks for the info nonetheless
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I agree. The environmental and recycling issues of batteries far out weigh any initial fuel savings the car may gain. Efficient, light weight cars are a better answer.
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or just stick with your old "stinker"
I oughta put a sticker on my car saying I help saving the environment with this car
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Locked bmw doors/need help

i have a witchy 1989 735i bmw.....i love it but it gives me a fit....newest problem is i can't open locked doors with my key..........tried the method of
trying to lift handle and turn counter clockwise.........locks don't budge...Please help.....
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i have a witchy 1989 735i bmw.....i love it but it gives me a fit....newest problem is i can't open locked doors with my key..........tried the method of
trying to lift handle and turn counter clockwise.........locks don't budge...Please help.....
you better open up a new thread in the e32 section, I bet that more people will respond there
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