22 Feb 19

11 days to Geneva: BMW charges in with 3 plug-in hybrids

More than on pure electric vehicles, BMW is focusing on pluggable hybrids the coming years. GIMS will see the reveal of the brand new 330e, X5 xDrive 45e and three pluggable 7-series models: the 745e, 745 Le and 745Le xDrive.   

The latter two share the same powertrain: a 6-cylinder petrol unit mated to an electric motor. Their battery capacity differs, though: the X5 promises an electric range of 80 km, whereas the 745e models can travel up to 58 km on electricity alone.

The most fleet-relevant model, the new 330e still makes use of a 2-litre 4-cylinder unit but sees its battery increased to enable an e-range of 60 km, the press release reads. No specifications have been released about the capacities of the new PHEVs’ batteries.

BMW claims to be the European EV leader, waving with statistics from IHS Markit. What the graphs do not show, however, is that it is mainly thanks to its PHEVs (plug-in hybrids) that the Bavarian car maker can appropriate the EV sales crown. Things would look entirely different if you would only look at the pure EV sales. In the latter case, Nissan is still the leader, followed by Renault and Tesla.

Source: IHS Markit

Authored by: Dieter Quartier