Automakers spend billions of dollars on research and development in an endless quest to make internal combustion engines (ICEs) more useful and efficient. Sometimes that expense translates into a giant breakthrough, like the electric self-starter developed over 100 years ago. But more often than not, that translates into small but significant gains, which is the case with BMW’s eBoost.
Those who follow automotive technology understand that “e” most often refers to some form of electrification. At the same time, “boost” generally refers to something that momentarily increases performance. This is for example the case of the “boost” obtained thanks to turbocompression or supercharging. Based on this context, it’s no surprise that BMW eBoost refers to a method of improving vehicle performance by adding a relatively short-lived “burst” of electric power.