The BMW stand at the International Motor Show 2019 in Geneva focuses on the company’s continuing model offensive in the luxury segment and the ongoing expansion of its range of vehicles with electrified drive systems.
Just a few weeks after being unveiled to the world, the new BMW 7 Series luxury sedan is making its show debut. In addition, the premium carmaker presents its 4th generation of Plug-In-Hybrid powertrains, setting a clear mark for the importance of this technology aside from fully-electric cars:
Together with the new generation of Plug-In-Hybrid models, BMW Energy Services is piloting packages of free green electricity, as a future basic component of electrified cars.
Second-generation plug-in hybrid variants of the BMW 7 Series, BMW X5 and BMW 3 Series Sedan
The new BMW 7 Series Plug-in-Hybrids take all of the luxury sedan’s sporting prowess, passenger comfort and feel-good ambience and combine them with the option of virtually silent motoring with zero local emissions. A six-cylinder in-line petrol engine and an electric motor team up to power all three models. Together they can unleash a combined output of 290 kW/394 hp with the Driving Experience Control switch set to SPORT mode. The high-voltage battery’s energy capacity has been increased too, extending all-electric range from 54 to 58 kilometers for the BMW 745e, from 52 to 55 kilometers for the BMW 745Le and from 50 to 54 kilometers for the BMW 745Le xDrive.
The second-generation BMW X5 with electrified powertrain also comes with a straight-six petrol engine specially modified for the job at hand. It teams up with an electric motor to generate system output of 290 kW/394 hp. Available from August 2019, the BMW X5 xDrive45e completes the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 5.6 seconds (provisional figure). The BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system is on hand to deliver a sporty brand of driving pleasure on the road and supremely assured performance off it by distributing the drive power from the engine and motor to all four wheels. The new BMW X5 xDrive45e wouldn’t be complete without the latest battery cell technology to call on. The resulting electric range of up to 80 kilometers allows most daily commutes to be completed with zero local emissions. The new BMW X5 xDrive45e also has all the right credentials for much longer journeys and trips away, thanks to its 69-liter fuel tank and a versatile boot offering between 500 and 1,716 liters of luggage space.
A four-cylinder petrol engine, an electric motor and a latest-generation lithium-ion battery form the basis for the plug-in hybrid system in the new BMW 330e Sedan. It generates a combined output of 185 kW/252 hp, which can be briefly increased by up to 30 kW/41 hp courtesy of the standard XtraBoost function. This is sufficient to propel the car to 100 km/h from rest in 6.0 seconds (provisional figure). The BMW 330e Sedan due to come out in July 2019 doesn’t just deliver sporty driving pleasure in abundance, it also excels in terms of its fuel consumption figures. The car’s maximum electric range is 60 kilometers – around 50 percent further than its predecessor.
BMW Energy Services pilots packages of free green electricity
At the same time as expanding its model range, the BMW Group – in its capacity as a systems supplier for electric mobility – is also seeking to provide BMW and MINI customers with free green electricity for their cars. After first pilot offers in Switzerland and France, from April 2019 on Germany will follow with extended cost-free green-energy-packages for use at home and while out and about. Perspectively, all electric cars will be able of feeding energy back into the power grid. With BMW Energy Services not only car users will benefit from the new opportunities arising as the energy revolution merges with electric mobility, but also fleet operators, energy suppliers and property owners.