BMW’s Electric Car Lineup is Causing a Stir in the Auto Industry

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The BMW Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) are engineered to take your breath away, unleashing more driving fun as well as greater efficiency.

It’s good for you, your pocketbook – and it’s good for the planet.  In fact, the 2020 BMW electrified fleet of vehicles is designed to give you more:

  • Power and performance
  • Everyday savings
  • Zero-emissions driving
  • Time savings by using HOV lanes.
  • Intuitive drive modes automatically optimize efficiency by selecting the ideal combination of electric and gas power on drives of any length in your hybrid BMW. You can also choose to drive in all-electric mode within a certain range, or with the convenience of the combustion engine like a conventional BMW.

The electric range of a plug-in hybrid vehicle depends on the size of the battery, as well as the vehicle weight, aerodynamics, and tire type.


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In the case of 2020/2021 BMW plug-in hybrid electric cars, the EPA-rated electric ranges are:

  • BMW X3 xDrive30e Sports Activity Vehicle®: 17 miles
  • BMW X5 xDrive45e SAV: 30 miles
  • BMW 330e / 330e xDrive Sedan: 22/20 miles
  • BMW 530e / 530e xDrive Sedan: 20/18 miles
  • BMW 745e xDrive Sedan: 16 miles

The combined driving range when engaging both the electric motor and the BMW TwinPower Turbo engine is significantly higher and can be optimized based on driving and charging behavior.

You get to experience a plug-in hybrid without compromising a bit of BMW prowess and performance.

With both an electric motor and a gasoline engine, you get the best of both worlds: Pure electric for day-to-day driving, plus a powerful gasoline engine for longer trips. In other words, BMW Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles can be fully electric, fully gasoline or a thrilling combination of both.

During stop-and-go-driving, around town and on your daily commute, the gasoline engine may never start when in electric mode. You can even drive in pure EV mode at highway speeds. And for stronger acceleration, the electric motor can boost the gasoline engine for impressive performance from a stop or when merging into traffic.

With regular overnight charging at home, you’ll enjoy better overall mileage and fewer trips to the gas station.

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BMW plug-in hybrids can also charge while driving.

Regenerative braking allows the plug-in hybrid to regain part of its energy. In addition, charging can also take place during the journey with the function known as Battery Control Mode. This mode maintains the charge of the high-voltage battery constantly at the desired level or increases it to the present value, by having the electric motor function as a generator. In this way, for example, it is possible to use Battery Control Mode during a drive on the highway to protect or even increase the electric power reserves so that a subsequent urban route can be covered with electric driving and without any local emissions.

Even if you don’t have time to catch a charge, your PHEV will still get you where you need to go. When the battery is fully discharged, the BMW TwinPower Turbo engine automatically takes over.

The combustion engine and electric motor can work independently or together for impressive performance and freedom from range anxiety.

And you can stay connected to your plug-in hybrid at all times with your BMW Connected app, where you can manage charging status, locate charging stations, monitor your electrical consumption, and more right from your phone.

Operate at peak performance and enhance the efficiency of your plug-in hybrid with BMW Charging: the advanced, comprehensive charging program that offers tailored solutions for both home and public charging. And it’s compatible with any outlet. You can grab a charge at any power outlet with the Occasional Use Cable, included as standard with every BMW plug-in hybrid.  Install a BMW i Wallbox in your home for fast charging between daily drives.

And did you know that BMW’s partnership with EVgo gives you access to more than 35,000 Level 2 chargers nationwide through your BMW Charging app.  And with the BMW TwinPower Turbo engine, you can be assured that your plug-in hybrid has the range to get you where you want to go.

With even more ways to lower overall ownership costs and additional incentives for increased convenience, living an electric lifestyle has never been easier. If you live in California be sure to read about the $1,500 credits for larger battery EVs here.

And that is just one of the many perks to owning a BMW electric car or plug-in hybrid. You may be eligible for federal tax credits of up to $7,500, in addition to other state incentives such as rebates, tax credits, and grants. You could also save up to $1,500 in fuel costs within five years.  Contact us today to learn more!

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