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BMW is reportedly considering an 'electric-only' mode for its hybrid vehicles

By Polycount ยท 4 replies
Nov 29, 2018
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  1. According to Reuters, this hypothetical mode would allow customers traveling through an emissions-free area to avoid running afoul of environmentally-focused laws and regulations.

    This is just an idea on BMW's part at the moment, but it would probably be fairly simple for the company to roll the feature out to its more modern hybrid vehicles; perhaps in the form of an over-the-air software update. After all, most of BMW's newer vehicles are already filled to the brim with connectivity-oriented functions.

    Even if zero-emissions zones never become a global reality, giving drivers the option to choose a greener method of driving from time to time -- even if it comes at the cost of range -- could only be a good thing.

    Of course, it's worth noting that even if BMW gives its customers an option like this, there's no guarantee that cities will let drivers off the hook. The end-goal of emissions-free zones is undoubtedly to push people to purchase and use fully-electric cars, and an electric-only mode for hybrids may not be good enough for the more environmentally-conscious officials out there.

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  2. ChrisH1

    ChrisH1 TS Addict Posts: 140   +67

    Plus it would be hard to check if the drivers had the electric-only mode engaged, and hard to police that they didn't turn it off.
  3. Dyson Parkes

    Dyson Parkes TS Booster Posts: 43   +33

    Not necessarily. They're all 'connected' devices anyway.
    Take the HUD in an i8, for example. It uses GPS and a big mapping database to identify the current speed limit wherever you're driving it - so if you're going from a 100km/h zone to a 50km/h zone and you don't slow fast enough the speed on my dash goes red to show you're speeding.

    Given that it also knows if I'm in a restricted speed area for road works, which is a temporary speed zone and thus has to have been retrieved on-the-fly from somewhere online, they could (theoretically) simply push an update that geo-fences certain areas to simply not allow the car to start the petrol engine.
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  4. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,473   +1,046

    Emissions-free zones? Sounds like BS. Bet people could legally challenge them if they ever become a thing...
  5. Emissions free zone, are they checking for flatulence?

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