BMW has announced plans to release plug-in hybrid versions of its core models and has previewed the technology in the 3 Series eDrive prototype.
BMW has announced plans to release plug-in hybrid versions of its core models and has previewed the technology in the 3 Series eDrive prototype. In Miramas, France, BMW has presented a BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype and a new generation of hybrid vehicle concepts that incorporate the electric technology already used in BMW’s i3 and i8 models.
“All BMW Group models benefit from BMW i. The fundamental technology involved in battery cells, electric motors and the power electronics will be used in our upcoming plug-in hybrid models.” stated Herbert Diess, Member of the Board of Management BMW AG, Development. “When it comes to the electrification of the drivetrain, we are deliberately developing a wide-ranging expertise in order to offer our customers worldwide the ideal solution.”
The first model will likely be the 3 Series plug-in hybrid that is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s mated to an electric motor. The system generates a total 245 horsepower and 295 lb-ft. of torque. In electric mode, the 3 Series plug-in hybrid can travel up to 22 miles, although BMW expects the battery technology to improve soon, which will give the future models a 62 mile EV range.
A plug-in hybrid version of the X5 is also expected soon.