BMW Group adds to university researchers’ hybrid research fleet

Auto & Audio April 09, 2018 11:32

By The Nation

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BMW Group Thailand has delivered its new electric plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV), the BMW 330e M Sport, to Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Engineering for academic research on energy conservation conducted by the Smart Mobility Research Centre in collaboration with the Energy Policy and Planning Office (EPPO).

BMW said it remains committed to “driving Thailand towards a sustainable future in mobility”.

The research aims to lay a strong EV/PHEV foundation for an emissions-free future through the study of plug-in hybrids’ energy consumption and the prospective change in driving behaviour, BMW Group Thailand president Christian Wiedmann said on Monday.

The research is a collaboration between the Smart Mobility Research Centre, the school’s Faculty of Engineering and EPPO. 

The objective is to collect data to analyse driver behavioural patterns in the Greater Bangkok area and evaluate the energy efficiency of EVs and PHEVs for compilation in a database that supports future EV-related developments and contribute to the EPPO goal of having 1.2 million EVs and PHEVs on Thai streets by 2036.