BMW Group Australia launches eDrive plug-in hybrid program from May

 

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The new BMW 330e Sedan and BMW X5 xDrive40e to arrive from May.

  • Introduces a hybrid alternative across BMW’s two-highest selling model ranges.
  • BMW eDrive platform delivers fuel efficient motoring and low emissions while retaining trademark BMW performance.
  • Both models are capable of completing urban commutes exclusively via electric power (BMW 330e Sedan: up to 37km; BMW X5 xDrive40e: 31km).
  • Expands BMW Group Australia’s commitment to alternative fuel vehicles.

BMW Group Australia will launch its eDrive hybrid program during 2016, welcoming the arrival of the BMW 330e Sedan and BMW X5 xDrive40e to its product portfolio from May.

The introduction of an eDrive variant across BMW’s two highest selling model ranges underlines the brand’s commitment to remaining at the forefront of sustainability in the automotive industry through its EfficientDynamics engineering program.

Featuring plug-in hybrid technology transferred from the BMW i sub-brand, the BMW 330e Sedan and BMW X5 xDrive40e combine emission-free driving on electric power alone, with the range and performance offered by a petrol engine.

The intelligently controlled interaction between the combustion engine and electric motor generate strong acceleration, while reducing fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

Brake energy regeneration ensures that energy released when braking or slowing down while operating is saved in the lithium-ion high-performance battery, where it’s available at any time to increase the overall performance.

Both vehicles are capable of completing urban commutes exclusively via electric power, with the BMW 330e Sedan possessing a range of 37km, while the BMW X5 xDrive40e can travel up to 31km while generating zero local emissions.

Chief Executive Officer of BMW Group Australia, Marc Werner, confirmed the arrival of the plug-in hybrid brand highlights the brand’s future-orientated approach.

“BMW Group been very active in advocating sustainable mobility,” Werner said.

“Our new eDrive models signal a real expansion of this area in Australia and reinforce our commitment to alternative fuel vehicles.”

Delivering the versatility and luxurious ambience of BMW X models, along with the superb traction provided by BMW’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system, the X5 xDrive40e adds another string to its bow in outstanding efficiency and a reduced carbon footprint.

The drive system of the BMW X5 xDrive40e comprises a four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a synchronous electric motor integrated with the eight-speed Steptronic transmission.

Fuelled by a 9kWh lithium ion battery, the electric motor can be topped up with mains electricity from any standard domestic power socket, or more quickly from the BMW i Wallbox, as well as at public charging stations.

Housed underneath the luggage compartment floor, storage capacity is largely undiminished compared to a regular BMW X5, with the xDrive40e capable of stowing 500 to 1,720 litres.

The electric motor has an output of 83kW and an instantly available 250Nm of torque, while the 2.0 litre petrol engine delivers maximum power of 180kW and 350Nm of torque.

Operating in concert, the BMW TwinPower Turbo and eDrive technologies produce 230kW and 450Nm, powering the BMW X5 xDrive40e from 0-100km/h in 6.8 seconds, while returning a combined fuel consumption figure of 3.3l/100km and carbon emissions figure of 77g/km

When the drivetrain is operating in combined petrol engine and electric motor mode, the maximum power and torque output does not equate to the sum of each of the outputs individual due to the complex management of power flow from both sources.

The BMW 330e Sedan brings together the unmistakable dynamics expected of the iconic sports sedan with exceptionally low fuel consumption.

The plug-in hybrid system consists of an electric motor producing 65kW and a peak torque of 250Nm and a four-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo combustion engine, which develops 135kW and 290Nm of torque.

Producing 185kW and 420Nm when drawing power from both traditional and electric sources, the BMW 330e Sedan accelerates from 0-100km/h in 6.1 seconds, consumes only 2.1l/100km on a combined fuel cycle and emits just 49g/km.

Maintaining the dynamic handling typical of the BMW 3 Series, the intelligent positioning of the eDrive system’s components allows finely balanced weight distribution, split 50:50 over the front and rear axle.

The 7.6kWh lithium-ion cell battery is integrated in a compartment under the boot, ensuring use of the 40:20:40 split through-loading system is unrestricted and storage capacity stands at 370 litres.

All maintenance requirements for the BMW 330e Sedan and BMW X5 xDrive40e are controlled by the Condition Based Servicing (CBS) system.
With CBS, sensors and advanced algorithms monitor and calculate the conditions in which a vehicle is used, including mileage, time elapsed since its last service, fuel consumption and how a vehicle is driven.
Based on the information captured, maintenance requirements are determined, identifying whether an annual vehicle inspection or oil service is due.
Selected BMW service and maintenance costs can be covered by a single, one-off advance payment with BMW Service Inclusive (BSI), which is available in two packages: Basic or Plus.

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