Executive Analysis of BMW’s Global Powertrain Strategies, Forecast to 2030

Fully Electric Cars Could Constitute Up to 23% of Sales; Powertrain Modularity to be the Key to a Sustainable Transition

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This study outlines the powertrain strategies of BMW AG for the next decade. An analysis of advancements in combustion engine technology, transmission technology, hybrid and electric propulsion strategies, and lightweighting approaches has been included in the research. This study gives a comprehensive picture of the kind of transformation the company will be undergoing in terms of its powertrain technologies as it prepares to cater to the next level of emission targets, testing cycles, while at the same time, addressing evolving customer demands.A few strategic findings are discussed below:• BMW feels that diesel will remain very important to their vehicle offering for the next 20 years. However, the aggr

Research Scope

Technology: Engine Downsizing, Turbocharging, Direct Injection Gasoline Systems
Application: Powertrain and Emissions, Engine Technologies, Gasoline, Diesel and EV Technologies, CO2 Reduction
Regions: North America, Europe, China, Japan


Key Features

Aim: To understand the powertrain strategies of BMW AG, to examine their road map to compliance, and evaluate the importance and future of each propulsion type: gasoline, diesel, hybrid, fully electric, and fuel cells.

Objectives:

  • To understand the various approaches to platform standardization and modularity in BMW powertrains
  • To understand the new BMW platforms strategy to analyze how BMW plans a product portfolio revamp leveraging powertrain and vehicle modularity
  • To evaluate the roadmap of different powertrain technologies at BMW
  • To evaluate the electrification strategy and develop forecast for electric propulsion
  • To understand the preference for particular fuel types and propulsions systems for BMW for reducing overall emissions while increasing sales volumes
  • To examine the various transmission choices at BMW and compare their role in BMW powertrains in the future
  • To understand the various risks involved and provide actionable set of recommendations

Key Issues Addressed

  • What is the future of diesel engines at BMW? What are the plans for RDE compliance and how will this technology evolve?
  • How big a role does modularity of powertrain systems play in reducing the overall CO2 emissions and improving fuel economy for BMW?
  • What further steps will lead to electrification at BMW? How does the company plan to achieve the tall targets it has set for electrification?
  • What is the future of various powertrain systems and engine families at BMW and what key technology changes are to be expected?
  • How is the transmission strategy going to evolve? What preference does BMW have for torque converter or dual clutch transmission?

 

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary
Key Findings
BMW’s Principal Elements of Powertrain Strategy
Powertrain Uncertainty and BMW’s Push of Modularity
Future of Diesel at BMW—Diesel-Gasoline-Electric Scenarios
BMW Transmission Strategy—Overall Outlook
BMW Group—Battery Electric Vehicles Outlook
BMW Group—Technology Adoption: Category-wise Summary
Key Conclusions
2. Research Scope, Objectives, Background, and Methodology
Research Aims and Objectives
Research Methodology
Research Scope
Research Background
Vehicle Segmentation
3. BMW—Combustion Engines Outlook
Elements of BMW’s Powertrain Philosophy
BMW’s Engine Basket—Future of Engine Sizing
BMW Quad-Turbo Diesel Engine Development—Technology Targets
BMW 6-cylinder Gasoline Engines—Lifecycle Changes and Evolution
BMW 6-cylinder Diesel Engines—Lifecycle Changes and Evolution
The BMW 500cc Standard Cylinder Architecture
BMW Performance Enhancement—Water Injection Strategy
BMW 3- and 4-Cylinder Diesel—Common Engine Architecture for the Future
BMW 3- and 4-Cylinder Gasoline—Common Engine Architecture for the Future
Future of Diesel at BMW—Diesel-Gasoline-Electric Scenarios
RDE Compliance—BMW Diesel Engines: Exhaust Aftertreatment
BMW Manufacturing Locations—Powertrain and Vehicles Assembly
4. BMW—Transmission Outlook
Transmission Strategy—Automatic Transmission: BMW Perspective
Transmission Strategy—Dual Clutch Transmission: BMW Perspective
Transmission Strategy—Manual Transmission: BMW Perspective
BMW Transmission Strategy—Overall Outlook
5. BMW—Electrification Outlook
BMW Group—Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles Outlook
BMW Group—Battery Electric Vehicles Outlook
BMW Group—Fuel Cell Vehicles Outlook
Electrification-Propulsion Split-BMW Production Snapshot
BMW xEV Propulsion Split, 2017–2025: Key Highlights
Future Battery Electric Strategy at BMW—Solid State Technology
BMW vs Tesla’s Battery Systems—Energy Density Perspective
6. Growth Opportunities and Companies to Action
Growth Opportunity—Breakthrough Trends and Companies
Strategic Imperatives for Success and Growth
7. Conclusions and Future Outlook
Key Conclusions
The Last Word—3 Big Predictions
Legal Disclaimer
8. Appendix
Abbreviations and Acronyms Used
Learn More—Next Steps
Additional Sources of Information on Study Topic Area
Market Engineering Methodology
List of Exhibits


List of Figures & Charts

1. BMW Powertrain Strategies: Key Industry Participants, Global, 2017–2030
2. BMW Powertrain Strategies: BMW Vehicle Production, Global, 2017–2030
3. BMW Powertrain Strategies: Current and Future Transmission Solution, Europe, 2018–2025


1. BMW Powertrain Strategies: Key Findings, Global, 2017–2030
2. BMW Powertrain Strategies: Principal Elements of Future Powertrain Programs, Global, 2017–2030
3. BMW Powertrain Strategies: Diesel Mix in Powertrains Scenarios, Global, 2017–2030
4. BMW Powertrain Strategies: Transmission Technology Overall Outlook, BMW, Global 2017–2030
5. BMW Powertrain Strategies: BMW’s Battery Vehicle’s Launch Roadmap and Details, Global, 2017–2025
6. BMW Powertrain Strategies: Technologies for Fuel Consumption Reduction—BMW Group, Global, 2017–2025
7. BMW Powertrain Strategies: Key Conclusions, Global, 2017–2030
8. BMW Powertrain Strategies: Fundamentals of Powertrain Philosophy, Global, 2017–2025
9. BMW Powertrain Strategies: Engine Portfolio, Global, 2017–2025
10. BMW Powertrain Strategies: Technology Priorities in New Engine Development, Global, 2017–2022
11. BMW Powertrain Strategies: Engine Technology Roadmap, Global, 2001–2025
12. BMW Powertrain Strategies: Standard 500c Engine Architecture, Global, 2017–2025
13. BMW Powertrain Strategies: 3- and 4-Cylinder Diesel Engine Architecture, Global, 2017–2025
14. BMW Powertrain Strategies: 3- and 4-Cylinder Gasoline Engine Architecture, Global, 2017–2025
15. BMW Powertrain Strategies: Diesel Mix in Powertrains Scenarios—BMW, Global, 2017–2030
16. BMW Powertrain Strategies: Combination of NSC & SCR for RDE Compliance—BMW, Global, 2018–2022
17. BMW Powertrain Strategies: Manufacturing Locations, Global, 2017
18. BMW Powertrain Strategies: F.E Improvements in 3rd Gen BMW-AISIN Transmission, Global, 2017–2025
19. BMW Powertrain Strategies: Transmission Technology Overall Outlook, BMW, 2017–2030
20. BMW Powertrain Strategies: PHEV Model Launch Timeline—BMW, Global, 2016–2020
21. BMW Powertrain Strategies: BMW PHEV Unit Shipment by Region, Global, 2015 and 2025
22. BMW Powertrain Strategies: BMW PHEV Unit Shipment Forecast, Global, 2015 and 2025
23. BMW Powertrain Strategies: BMW’s Battery Vehicle’s Launch Roadmap and Details, Global, 2017–2025
24. BMW Powertrain Strategies: BMW’s Background and Plans for FCEV Commercialization, Global, 2005–2030
25. BMW Powertrain Strategies: Propulsion Split, Global, 2017 and 2025
26. BMW Powertrain Strategies: xEV Split, Global, 2017, 2020, and 2025
27. BMW Powertrain Strategies: BMW Battery Technology vs Tesla, Global, 2017–2022
28. BMW Powertrain Strategies: Key Conclusions, Global, 2017–2030



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