Experience has always been a key factor in implementing innovative automotive concepts. Moreover, in the BMW plug-in hybrids, this influence has been particularly valuable. Their drive system consists of an efficient combustion engine and a powerful electric motor. This is how they combine the typical BMW qualities with the advantages of electric driving and thus profit directly from the expertise of the BMW ?i engineers to such an extent that they deserve their own designation: BMW iPerformance Automobiles.
Discover the sustainable world of the BMW iPerformance and an entirely new dimension of driving pleasure.
Impressively dynamic and completely free of emissions when driving purely electrically, the BMW plugin hybrids show just what is possible: thanks to the newly developed electric synchronous motors, the iPerformance models dazzle with their tremendous torque from a standing start up to maximum speed.
Just as agile but designed for electromobility from the outset are the BMW i models. Their futuristic design and cleverly devised electric concepts make them distinctive from afar: the vehicles are shaping the future of mobility. On this page, you will find all the answers to the key questions about the plugin hybrid vehicles from BMW. You will obtain information on the BMW i models by following the link below.
In BMW plugin hybrid vehicles the drive consists of a powerful electric motor and an efficient combustion engine that work together excellently. This becomes apparent in a similarly perfect combination of dynamism and efficiency. This is where you will find necessary information on the BMW plugin hybrid vehicles.
-Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions for the BMW 225xe:
-Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 2.1 to 2.0
-CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 49 to 46
-Power consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 11.9 to 11.8
What exactly is a plug-in hybrid?
A plugin hybrid has a drive system comprising a powerful electric motor and an efficient combustion engine. This combination achieves a high overall performance of the vehicles, which is more environmentally friendly than conventional drive technologies. Furthermore, plug-in hybrids can be recharged directly from the electricity mains, whether at home or on the road. This enables journeys to be made free of emissions in a large proportion of routes, particularly in urban areas, and consumption to be reduced on long distances.
What basic advantages does a plug-in hybrid offer compared to a conventional vehicle?
A plugin hybrid vehicle offers low-emission mobility at the same time as long distance capability with functionality on the same level as a conventional vehicle. You mainly benefit from the silent driving and electric boosting. This means that during temporary increases in speed, such as during overtaking manoeuvres, the combustion engine is additionally supported by the electric motor ensuring, even more, dynamic driving. Particularly in electric mode and with the simultaneous opportunity to repeatedly charge the vehicle battery via the electricity mains, it is possible to achieve low operating costs.
One feature worthy of special mention is the option of individually controlling the stationary heating and cooling in the plugin hybrids via the BMW ConnectedDrive App, the ConnectedDrive web portal or directly inside the vehicle.
What requirements and conditions have to be met for me to consider a plug-in hybrid?
A crucial factor in making the decision is the availability of facilities for charging the vehicle at home. Quite simply from a domestic socket, with your own BMW i Wallbox or at another location in your neighbourhood. Furthermore, the benefit from the operating costs (electricity vs. fuel price) of a plugin hybrid vehicle can be particularly efficiently exploited if a large number of journeys are possible in electric mode. If you also have charging facilities at your workplace, you could gain even more from this advantage.
Are the safety and driving sensation similar to conventionally powered BMW vehicles?
BMW plugin hybrids are designed to very high technical standards, based on the same safe vehicle architecture as the conventional models. The safety of plug-in hybrid vehicles with high-voltage batteries has also been confirmed by independent institutes.Thanks to the electric motor in the BMW plugin hybrid vehicles, electric driving and a further increase in efficiency are combined. The high torque available from a standing start means that these vehicles display the spontaneity during power buildup that is typical of electric motors. As part of the boost function, this electric motor additionally provides very noticeable support for the combustion engine during acceleration and in dynamic short bursts. Moreover, the BMW plugin hybrid vehicles are silent and locally emission-free when travelling in electric mode.
Which different driving modes are available?
The BMW plug-in hybrids do of course have the familiar driving modes of ECO PRO, Comfort and Sport for every driving situation and requirement. In addition to this, the following driving modes specific to plugin hybrid vehicles are also available with the eDrive button:
− AUTO eDrive: The system selects the most efficient drive method – purely electrical, combined or with combustion engine according to the situation.
− MAX eDRIVE: Depending on the model, it is possible to drive at a speed of up to 140 km/h purely electrically in MAX eDRIVE mode. At higher speeds or if the full acceleration potential needs to be exploited, the combustion engine switches on automatically.
− In SAVE BATTERY or Battery Control mode (in the BMW 7 Series), the battery is efficiently charged by the combustion engine or has its charge level maintained. This enables the battery capacity to be actively saved for purely electric driving at a later stage.
How can you recognise a BMW plug-in hybrid vehicle?
A design difference compared with conventional BMW models is only desirable to a limited extent so that the familiar and unmistakable BMW design is also retained for BMW plugin hybrid vehicles. Nevertheless and depending on the model, the following features are among those which help to distinguish a BMW plugin hybrid vehicle:
− eDrive badge on the C-pillars on both sides
− i badge on the front side panels
− Blue kidney grille slats and blue wheel hubs
− eDrive lettering on the engine cover
− Model name with “e”
– Presence of a charging socket at the front on the driver’s side
– Door sill finisher with eDrive lettering
– eDrive button in the centre console
– Specific instrument cluster and Control Display graphics
In the BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles, the combustion engine is combined with a long-lasting lithium-ion battery - which enables the car to continue driving even with an empty fuel tank in an emergency. You can find out more about the special features of the battery here.
Is it possible to continue driving electrically even if the fuel tank is empty?
Yes, it is. If the total range with the electric motor and combustion engine is 80 km, the driver will be warned by a message in the instrument cluster. Below a total range of 50 km, the driver receives a range warning permanently. If the fuel tank is empty, the remaining electric range can be used to drive to the nearest filling station – provided enough energy is present, and the system conditions permit electric driving.
How long does the high-voltage battery last in a BMW plug-in hybrid vehicle?
The high-voltage batteries used in the BMW plugin hybrid vehicles are lithium ion batteries which, in contrast to conventional nickel, lead or cadmium batteries, have been optimised for use in motor vehicles. Within the scope of the BMW Battery Certificate, your authorised BMW dealer or your BMW subsidiary guarantees to rectify any defect in the high-voltage battery for the first 100,000 km or up to a maximum of 6 years after delivery of the new vehicle (the first criterion fulfilled applies). You can find out about the details of the service entitlements of the BMW Battery Certificate from your authorised BMW dealer or you BMW subsidiary.
How far is the electric range?
A specific cyclic range is indicated for every BMW plugin hybrid vehicle. The electric range achieved depends on many factors. Important influences are the air conditioning and heating demand, the general load on the onboard power system (e.g. navigation, radio, seat and windscreen heating, climatic conditions in summer and winter) as well as individual driving style.
When the high voltage battery is discharged, purely electric driving is no longer possible, but it is still possible to continue driving perfectly normal thanks to the combustion engine. An intelligent energy management system means no damage can occur to the high-voltage battery at any time even if it is displayed as completely “empty”.
Does the high-voltage battery restrict the luggage space?
The BMW plugin hybrid vehicles only have slight restrictions in the volume of luggage space compared to conventional BMW models. Concerning loading comfort, intelligent solutions have been developed which firstly ensure a flat loading platform and secondly provide the necessary depth for transporting bulky objects. Furthermore, all through loading systems (e.g. the 40:20:40 split of the backrest) are also available for the BMW plugin hybrid vehicles.
What should you be aware of it a BMW plug-in hybrid vehicle is parked for a lengthy period of time?
Parking for a lengthy period (e.g. for several weeks) is, of course, possible, but the charge level of the high-voltage battery may decrease if the vehicle is not moved for a substantial period.
It is, therefore, advisable to park the vehicle with an almost fully charged battery or to connect the vehicle with a suitable charging station during lengthy stationary phases as this will then automatically recharge the high-voltage battery if necessary.
Please also take note of the advice relating to lengthy stationary phases in the operating instructions provided with the vehicle.
Not only a combustion engine but also a high-voltage battery needs to be “filled up”. In the case of the BMW plugin hybrid vehicles, this is even possible at home. You will find explanations on the how, where and when of recharging here.
What charging options does BMW offer for plug-in hybrid vehicles?
A BMW plugin hybrid vehicle can be recharged from an ordinary household socket – however, it is advisable to have the suitability (continuous load capability) of the socket in question checked by a certified specialist. This check of the socket or the installation and commissioning of a Wallbox Pure or Pro (this allows BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles to be charged with a maximum of 3.7 kW) can, for example, be performed by a qualified electrician from the BMW i installation partner.
The vehicle can also be charged while out and about. The “ChargeNow” programme offers access to a constantly growing network of public charging stations. Thanks to the “ParkNow” system, BMW customers can now find long term parking and recharging facilities in a multi-storey car park near their residence or workplace.
If you would like to find out where there is a charging station in your neighbourhood, there are various options:
– You can look it up in the navigation system of your BMW plugin hybrid vehicle. Thanks to the point of interest search in the BMW ConnectedDrive App, you have direct access to all charging stations in your surroundings.
– You can search on your smartphone. This is child’s play using the ConnectedDrive App for plugin hybrids.
– You will find all BMW i partner charging stations on the ChargeNow website.
How often can and must you recharge a BMW plug-in hybrid vehicle?
If possible, you should charge your BMW plugin hybrid vehicle whenever the opportunity arises – be it at home or on the move. This means that you can always take advantage of the maximum possible electric range and thus minimise fuel consumption.
How long does it take to charge the high-voltage battery? Is there a way of charging it quickly with DC (direct current)
The precise charging time depends on a number of factors. If the high-voltage battery is completely discharged, it may be assumed in the BMW X5 plug-in hybrid vehicle, for example, that charging will take between roughly 2.5 hours at a Wallbox or public charging station and approx. 4 hours from a normal domestic socket.
Due to the smaller battery size in comparison with a pure electric vehicle and the comparably short time required for full charging that this entails, no means of rapid DCcharging is planned for BMW plugin hybrid vehicles.
Do you need a different charging cable when abroad?
The standard charging cable contained in the vehicle has the household plug typical for its specific country. Your BMW dealer will offer you the opportunity to purchase a cable suitable for different socket types.
Are the 360° ELECTRIC offers from BMW i also available for BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles?
Yes, it goes without saying that, as an owner of a BMW plugin hybrid vehicle, all the relevant service features from the BMW i 360° ELECTRIC offer are available to you.
How much do the BMW charging stations for home use cost?
You will find the prices for Wallbox Pure and Wallbox Pro under Original BMW Accessories.
Thanks to the innovative eDrive services, the BMW plugin hybrid vehicles always have a high degree of connectivity. The numerous eDrive services include the BMW ConnectedDrive App, which offers you features such as important information on the charge level of your vehicle.
Fuel consumption, CO2 emissions for the BMW 740Le iPerformance:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 2.2 to 2.0
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 51 to 45
Power consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 13.3 to 12.6
What form does the BMW ConnectedDrive offer for BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles take?
The eDrive services are specially tailored to BMW plugin hybrid vehicles and can be called up via an app, the navigation system or also via the customer portal. The BMW ConnectedDrive App contains the following functions:
– Charge status display and charging timer setting
– Remote operation of the climate control (heating/cooling) and timer setting
– Search and display of charging stations
– Statistics on your driving conduct, tutorials on efficient driving and comparisons in the community
– Display of the mileage, vehicle condition and service requirement
Which smartphone operating systems are supported?
Apple iOS and Google Android.
Can I also control the above functions via the Internet?
Yes, selected functions are also available via the BMW ConnectedDrive portal.
Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption depend on the wheel and tyre sizes selected. Consumption data is determined in accordance to the ECE driving cycle.
The driving range depends on a variety of factors, especially: personal driving behaviour, selected route, weather conditions, usage of heating/cooling and preconditioning.
Further information about the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions for new passenger cars can be found in the 'New Passenger Vehicle Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emission Guidelines', which are available free of charge at all sales outlets and from The Society of the Irish Motor Industry, 5 Upper Pembroke Street, Dublin 2.
The figures are not based on an individual vehicle and do not constitute part of the product offer? They are provided solely for comparison between different vehicle types. CO2 emissions caused by the production and provision of fuel or other energy sources are not taken into account in the determination of CO2 emissions pursuant to Directive 1999/94/EC.