A PHEV VEHICLE EXPLAINED.
A hybrid vehicle is any car that is driven by two power sources. The BMW Plug-in Hybrid range takes the best of BMW’s combustion engines, using renowned EfficientDynamics, and marries it to modern battery technology and an electric motor. The result is a BMW with two power sources, but more so, it’s a totally
responsive drive, with zero emissions at the point of use*. Hybrid cars offer the same excellent range
and convenience of a model with a traditional engine.
On short trips up to 41 miles, the BMW Plug-in Hybrid models are powered completely by their electric engines; on longer trips, fuel consumption varies depending on model type and total distance travelled.
ConnectedDrive systemically connects from inside the vehicle, but ConnectedDrive also offers the ability to keep connected to your Plug-in Hyrbid via your smartphone while away from your car. Various functions include operating your vehicle remotely, including locking and unlocking the car, displaying vehicle location, current status of the vehicle e.g. the range, charge status. Hybrid-specific functions are also visible, ensuring you that you always have an overview of the fuel consumption and efficiency figures.
Along with the individual driver's style affecting the energy consumption this can also be influenced by one of three driving modes that iPerformance offers.
AUTO eDRIVE mode uses the intelligence of the EfficientDynamics system within the BMW to determine the most efficient combination or electric and engine, taking into account the battery charge status and the driving speed.
MAX eDRIVE mode enables the driver to enjoy zero emissions, solely using electric driving. The combustion engine will switch on automatically if the acceleration potential has been exhausted or at high speeds.
SAVE BATTERY/BATTERY CONTROL - If the battery charging status is low, in order for the driver to save the battery capacity for electric driving only, SAVE BATTERY/BATTERY CONTROL mode will enable it to be charged by the engine or allow the charging status to be maintained.
BMW PHEV MODEL RANGE.
Currently there are 8 BMW PHEV models available, with further models joining the line-up later this year (2020).
BMW 225xe ACTIVE TOURER
Taking orders now - launches in March 2020.
BMW 330e SALOON
BMW 530e SALOON
BMW 745e SALOON
BMW X3 xDRIVE30e
BMW X5 xDRIVE45e
BMW i8 COUPÉ
BMW i8 ROADSTER
*Zero emissions at the point of use. This means that any emissions created in generating the electricity to charge the batteries is not included. For completely zero emissions, the electricity must come from a zero emissions source, such as solar panels. ^Test drives are subject to availability and status.