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Nov 28, 2023

On November 27, BMW announced that it will introduce a major advancement in electrified powertrains with the Neue Klasse models in 2025, marking the beginning of Gen6 eDrive technology. The focal point of this technology is the new cylindrical cell offering a 20% increase in volumetric energy density, 30% faster charging, and 30% more range compared to Gen5-equipped models.

The sixth-generation battery technology is being developed at the Cell Manufacturing Competence Centre (CMCC) in Parsdorf, Germany.

Based on BMW press release

Nov 27, 2023

On November 27, BMW Regensburg plant developed an innovative system to identify technical defects in assembly line conveyor systems early, preventing production disruptions and reducing maintenance costs. The system analyzes data from existing components and conveyor controls, without requiring additional sensors.

The goal is to leverage artificial intelligence further, enabling the system to estimate the time remaining between fault detection and potential stoppage. The capability would aid technicians in prioritizing and scheduling maintenance tasks for optimal efficiency.

Load carriers transmit data to the predictive maintenance cloud platform, where algorithms detect anomalies such as power fluctuations or barcode issues. If anomalies are found, a warning is sent to the maintenance control center for timely action. The standardized system, implemented globally, uses in-house machine-learning models and heatmaps to visualize abnormalities.

Continuous improvement is ongoing, and 80% of main assembly lines are already monitored, ensuring efficient troubleshooting and maintenance. The system is successfully implemented in Dingolfing, Leipzig, and Berlin plants.

Based on BMW press release

Nov 24, 2023

On November 23, Green NCAP released assessments for seven recently introduced vehicles in Europe, spanning three electric cars, three hybrid cars, and a gasoline vehicle. The results emphasize the need for manufacturers to commit to sustainability by reducing emissions, fuel consumption, and increasing efficiency.

Tesla Model S achieves all 5-star ratings with an impressive 97% average score, demonstrating exceptional efficiency and thermal comfort. For Renault Kangoo E-Tech, Green NCAP's first electric MPV, disappoints with a lower grid-to-battery-output efficiency of 84%. Despite this, it manages to receive all 5-star ratings with an average score of 90%. MG 5 impresses with a 92% efficiency during the battery capacity test, securing an outstanding average score of 95% and 5 stars.

Mazda CX-60 plug-in hybrid falls short in controlling pollutant emissions, receiving a modest clean air index score of 5.4 out of 10. This leads to an Average Score of 48% and 2.5 stars. For Mitsubishi ASX, a compact SUV, manages pollutants well on average, but could improve the handling of ammonia (NH3) and carbon monoxide (CO) emissions. It earns an average score of 41% and 2.5 stars. Alfa Romeo Tonale SUV 1.5 VGT 48V-Hybrid achieves an average score of 42% and receives 2.5 stars.

BMW X1 sDrive18i SUV showcases high and robust performance in the clean air index with a score of 7.7 out of 10. It attains an average score of 45% and receives 2.5 stars.

Based on Green NCAP press release