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Sep 23, 2021

On September 22, BMW announced that the BMW model range further development in additional drive variants and innovations in the areas of design and digital services autumn 2021.
The model range of the new BMW 4 Series Convertible will be expanded by three new drive variants from November 2021- new BMW M 440i Convertible is a 275 kW/374 hp inline 6-cylinder gasoline engine with 48-volt mild hybrid technology, rear wheel drive has an acceleration of 0 - 100 km/h from standstill in 5.2 seconds. New BMW M440d xDrive Convertible is a 250 kW/340 hp inline 6-cylinder diesel engine, a maximum torque of 700 Nm and 48-volt mild hybrid technology with and the intelligent BMW xDrive all-wheel drive system has an acceleration of 0 - 100 km/h from standstill in 5 seconds. The 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission and an M sports differential are standard equipment in both model variants. The new BMW 430i xDrive is 180 kW/245 hp 4-cylinder gasoline engine, an optional 8-speed Steptronic transmission and intelligent all-wheel drive has an acceleration of 0 - 100 km/h from standstill in 6.3 seconds.
An 8-speed Steptronic transmission will be standard equipment for one additional model variant each of the BMW X1 and the BMW X2. In addition, the new BMW 430i xDrive Convertible with 180 kW/245 hp 4-cylinder gasoline engine the 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission and the M sports differential are optionally available.
Also, new paint finishes are available for the BMW 1 Series, BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé, BMW X2, BMW X3 and BMW X4 models. The range of functions of the My BMW App will be expanded by further digital services; the images transmitted by the Remote 3D View service will be stored in a gallery, with the location and time of the shots, the digital tyre diagnosis etc.
The BMW iX3 will be equipped with intelligent thermal management for the high-voltage battery as in the BMW i4 / BMW iX from November 2021.
The BMW i3 models and BMW i3s will be available in the Unique Forever Edition.

(BMW press release)

Sep 16, 2021

Bridgestone Corporation (Bridgestone) announced that Bridgestone EMIA is developing a growing number of original tire fitments specifically engineered for EVs. EV tires currently represent 11% of Bridgestone EMIA’s total original equipment (OE) line-up for passenger cars – rising from just 4% in 2019. This figure is expected to reach over 20% in 2024.  Already in 2021, 50% of the top 10 EV manufacturers globally chose Bridgestone fitments for their vehicles, and 50% of the top 10 most sold EVs in Europe are fitted with bespoke Bridgestone tires as original equipment. Bridgestone EMIA currently commits over 30% of its tire development resources to the creation of OE fitments for EVs. TECHSYN technology provides better wear efficiency and reduced rolling resistance. The ENLITEN Technology to reduce tire rolling resistance by up to 30%, and weight by up to 20% to extend EV driving range and reduce environmental impact thanks to improved resource productivity. It is partnering with the world’s leading EV manufacturers, such as the Mercedes EQA and EQB, BMW i3, Fiat 500 EV, Nissan LEAF, Volkswagen’s all-electric ID.3 and ID.4, and many more. Bridgestone is the exclusive tire partner for both Lightyear, on the world’s first long-range solar electric powered car the Lightyear One and Fisker on the upcoming all-electric Fisker Ocean. (From a press release on September 16, 2021)

Jul 29, 2021

On July 28, BMW announced that the first vehicles of the experimental phase were delivered to BMW Welt on 9 July. This means that customers are now in possession of 20 BMW i3s equipped with the new technology, while another 30 will be delivered to business users in the coming weeks.
The research project of the "Bidirectional Charging Management - BCM" consortium launched in May 2019 brings together companies and institutions from the automotive, charging infrastructure, energy and scientific sectors to develop technological solutions that make electric mobility even simpler and cheaper for users, with even lower emissions.
Taking a holistic approach, the project aims to connect vehicles, charging infrastructure and power grids for the first time to facilitate the use of renewable energy - and at the same time increase the reliability of the energy supply. The research project will run for three years under the guidance of the German Aerospace Center and with funding from the German Federal Republic's Ministry of Economy and Energy.

BMW press release

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