Back in 2007 when Carbon Motors announced it would build the first purpose-designed police vehicle, the spec sheet called for a twin-turbocharged inline-six cylinder diesel engine. As any existing automaker will tell you, certifying a diesel engine to meet current U.S. emissions regulations is no trivial matter, so Carbon Motors would likely have to find a supplier with an engine already certified. But the number of companies currently selling passenger car diesels in the U.S. can be counted on one hand with some fingers to spare.
Designed as a completely unique and specific tool for law enforcement agencies, Carbon Motors plans to outfit the E7 with a 300 horsepower 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine with 420 pound-feet of torque and a rear-wheel drive layout. A six-speed automatic will handle shifting duties, while a McPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear with self-leveling shocks give the car real handling potential. Despite being diesel-powered, the car won't be pokey--Carbon Motors claims a 0-60 mph time of 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.
Carbon Motors hopes to help finance its plant retooling with a $310 million loan from the U.S. Energy Department. The company expects to create more than 1,500 long-term jobs at the Indiana plant and begin production roughly three years after the loan is approved.
BMW Group receives major order from Carbon Motors Corp. to supply
diesel engines for US law enforcement vehicles
- Cooperation with US homeland security company
- Expansion of industry customer business in the field of power-trains
- Substantial reduction in US government fleet's CO2 emissions
Munich/Washington, D.C. The BMW Group has received a major order from the
American law enforcement vehicle manufacturer, Carbon Motors Corp., to
supply more than 240,000 diesel engines. Ian Robertson, member of the Board
of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing, and William
Santana Li, Chairman and CEO of Carbon Motors Corp. signed the contract at a
ceremony held in Washington, D.C. today. The agreement calls for delivery of
inline six-cylinder diesel engines complete with cooling and exhaust gas
system and automatic transmission.
Ian Robertson: "We announced the expansion of our powertrain system sales
business as part of the company's Strategy Number ONE. Today's agreement
with Carbon Motors marks another important milestone along this route - with
others to follow." Robertson continued: "We are delighted to support Carbon
Motors Corp. with our engine expertise. BMW Group diesel engines have a
clear lead over the competition when it comes to fuel consumption, emissions
and performance. In this way, we will also help reduce the fuel consumption
and CO2 emissions of more than 240,000 US law enforcement vehicles by up to
40% over the coming years."
Carbon Motors Corp. was founded in 2003 and is the world's first
manufacturer of purpose-built law enforcement vehicles. "In the BMW Group,
we have found a strong partner who has been operating successfully in the US
for more than three decades," noted Li. "The BMW Group drive system makes it
possible to accommodate the mission critical law enforcement needs for
performance, efficiency, and driving dynamics. Efficient BMW diesel engines
will benefit not only the environment, but - thanks to the fleet's lower
running costs-- also the American taxpayer," said Li.
More performance combined with lower fuel consumption and emissions -
that is the motto of the BMW EfficientDynamics technology that has been
standard in more than 1.6 million vehicles the company has sold since 2007.
Continuous improvements in diesel engines are also a major part of this
program. In recent years BMW diesel engines have dominated their classes at
the renowned "International Engine of the Year Awards." In 2009, the BMW
Group sold around 498,000 diesel engines vehicles worldwide - almost 39% of
its total sales of 1.286 million units. In Europe the majority of BMW and
MINI customers opted for diesel in 2009 - 63% of the more than 761,000
vehicles delivered in Europe were equipped with this kind of drive. Diesel
is also becoming increasingly important in the US, where two diesel models,
the BMW X5 xDrive35d and the BMW 335d Sedan have been available since
December 2008. Diesel accounted for 17% of X5 sales for 2009 as a whole. In
the meantime, almost one in three BMW X5 vehicles sold in the US has an
inline six-cylinder diesel motor. The BMW X5 is the premium segment's best
selling diesel vehicle.
Engine development and construction is one of the BMW Group's core
competences and is part of the company's heritage since its founding in
1916. Today the BMW Group has a strong network with a total of 24 production
facilities in 13 countries, including three engine plants in Steyr, Austria;
Munich, Germany; and Hams Hall, UK.