BMW will showcase its iPerformance family of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.
BMW iPerformance, BMW’s plug-in hybrid models, apply eDrive technology from BMW i to the BMW core brand via the technical expertise regarding electric motors, battery cells, and electronic control systems.
BMW iPerformance vehicles that will be displayed throughout the Los Angeles Auto Show include the BMW 740e xDrive, BMW 330e, and BMW X5 xDrive40e. Additional featured vehicles include the BMW i8, BMW M760i xDrive, and BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive, as well as updated models throughout the BMW lineup for 2017.
The BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance, BMW’s flagship plug-in hybrid model, presents the comfort of the BMW 7 Series with the virtues of electric, locally emission-free mobility. The BMW 740e iPerformance gets its eDrive powertrain technology from a 2.0 liter inline 4-cylinder gasoline engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and an electric motor integrated into the 8-speed Steptronic transmission generating a combined system output of 322 hp. A total of 14 miles in all-electric mode with a top speed of 87 mph can be achieved as well as a combined fuel economy of 64 MPGe. Core features include the BMW EfficientLightweight concept, allowing for significant weight reduction in comparison to its predecessor. Groundbreaking BMW Carbon Core passenger cell technology is the key element on the body structure by the extensive use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) and the strategic application of the lightweight design to reduce weight and increase both the overall torsional strength and bending stiffness. The BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance is available in U.S. showrooms starting at $90,095 including Destination and Handling.
The BMW 330e iPerformance adds a plug-in hybrid drive system to the world’s most successful premium model, the BMW 3 Series. The innovative use of an electric motor with the BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder engine, which has won the International Engine of the Year Award twice to date, results in a total system output of 248 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The BMW 330e iPerformance accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 140 mph. Pure-electric driving is possible at speeds up to 75 mph with a range of approximately 14 miles well as a combined fuel economy of 71 MPGe. The 2016 BMW 330e iPerformance is in U.S. showrooms for $45,095 including Destination and Handling.
The BMW X5 xDrive40e iPerformance, the company’s first plug-in hybrid, combines the 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder engine with an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery, integrated into its 8-speed automatic transmission. The BMW X5 xDrive40e iPerformance can travel approximately 14 miles on pure electric propulsion, powered by a lithium-ion battery, ideally suited for short commutes and quick trips around town yielding an impressive 56 MPGe. Combined, the gasoline engine and electric motor put out 308 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, enough to propel the X5 xDrive40e from 0-60mph in just 6.5 seconds. This Sports Activity Vehicle features BMW xDrive, the company’s intelligent all-wheel drive system, for optimal stability and traction under all road conditions. The 2017 BMW X5 xDrive40e is available in US showrooms for $63,095 including Destination and Handling.
In addition to BMW iPerformance and BMW i vehicles, BMW will showcase new engine variants in the BMW 2 Series and BMW M2 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The BMW 2Series will now feature the latest generation of BMW TwinPowerTurbo 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder inline engines. The BMW 230i Coupe and BMW 230i Convertible are powered by a 4-cylinder 2.0 liter engine with an increased horsepower and torque of 248 hp and 258 lb-ft. The BMW 2 Series is in U.S. showrooms; the BMW 230i Coupe for $33,845 and the BMW 230i Convertible for $39,645 including Destination and Handling.
ChargeForward & EV Infrastructure
BMW is committed to fostering the adoption of EVs in the U.S. Immediately prior to press days at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the company will announce updates for its BMW ChargeForward pilot program in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, which will explore new smart charging functionality and renewable energy integration, to determine which features provide the greatest benefits to both EV drivers and to the grid.
BMW recently completed the Express Charging Corridors initiative in which EV drivers can travel the most heavily-trafficked corridors on the East and West Coasts with the installation of 95 new DC Fast charging stations, spaced approximately 50 miles apart. This collaboration with Volkswagen of America and ChargePoint was designed to address the increasing demand for convenient, publicly-available EV fast chargers. In addition, BMW also announced new ChargeNow by EVgo public charging programs at participating EVgo stations in 25 key EV markets.