BMW brings a Plethora of Plug-in Hybrids to Geneva
BMW moves rapidly ahead with electrification
BMW revealed more than a power bar’s worth of plug-in hybrid vehicles today in Geneva. It started with the X3 PHEV, then extended to the 2 Series, 3 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series, and X5. All seeing either new or revised plug-in hybrid versions.
The first was the new X3 xDrive 30e. That PHEV will start production in December of this year. This was the world premiere for the vehicle that adds up to a 50 km electric range to the crossover. It uses a four-cylinder gas engine with TwinPower turbo and an electric motor. Both put down their power through the same eight-speed automatic and xDrive AWD system. They make a combined 252 hp, but the electric motor can temporarily add even more shove. Another 41 hp worth.
The system uses a lithium-ion battery under the rear seat, and BMW says it reduced fuel consumption up to 2.4 L/100 km, when it’s not running on electric only.
A new 330e plugs-in the latest 3 Series. It has a 60 km electric range, up around 50 percent from the last generation. The total powertrain output will sound familiar at 252 hp with a 41 hp XtraBoost.
The 745e uses a larger six-cylinder engine that’s fitted with a turbo to produce 283 hp. The electric motor adds 111 hp to that making for a total of 394, which is a big improvement over the 322 of the old 740e. A 12.0 kWh lithium-ion pack uinder the rear seat is expected to deliver from 50 to 58 km of range in the big sedan.
The X5 xDrive45e uses the same driveline, with the smaller vehicle getting more range from that batter. Approximately 80 km, BMW says, which is three times that of the old plug-in X5.
Smaller changes to the 530e and 225xe mean a new 12.0 kWh lithium-ion battery in the 5 and a 9.7 kWh pack in the 2. That gives the big sedan a 64 km range and the smaller 57 km of electric-only. BMW is also planning a new 530e xDrive all-wheel drive plug-in.
The new 330e and X5 xDrive45e get a navigation-linked control system that can use the nav and additional sensors to optimize regenerative braking for the driving ahead.
Expect the new plug-in BMWs to begin silently humming into dealers, with a new acoustic pedestrian protection sound, over the course of the year.