BMW launches electromobility partnership

German luxury car maker BMW has teamed up with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore to take part in an electromobility research programme involving the i8 and i3 hybrid models. This research will take place on the NTU campus and the two organisations will invest $1.3m (£0.84m) between them to fund the project. This is on top of initial funding totalling $5.5m (£3.57m).

The research will examine two important areas: electromobility in Asia and smart materials. There are three other research sectors that will also be looked into: intelligent mobility, driver enhancement and advanced batteries.

The aim of this high-tech research is to discover how drivers of electric vehicles interact with their cars and a better understanding will enable BMW to make changes to improve plug-in hybrid and electric technology in the future. As a result of Singapore's densely urbanised streets, researchers will get a far better insight into how electric cars can become more relevant to their environment. Included in the study will be fast charging technology and smart assistant driving advances, and their impact on consumers. BMW Group Asia MD Axel Pannes said: "We are very satisfied with our partnership with NTU and the establishment of the Future Mobility Research Lab, thanks to the high level of competency from NTU's research staff and interdisciplinary teams."

"Through the relentless efforts of the dedicated researchers, we have already made some important findings through the earlier research topics in a short period of just two years. With the expanded research scope on electromobility in Asia and smart materials, more invaluable knowledge will be

gained by both parties," he added.