Thursday, 6 February 2014

BMW 3 Series eDrive Plug-in Hybrid

The BMW 3-Series Plug-in Hybrid has been spied undergoing cold weather testing in Scandinavia.

 BMW 3-Series Plug-in Hybrid spied cold weather testing

Looking virtually identical to the standard model, the plug-in hybrid is distinguished by a small charging port cover that resides on the driver side front fender.

There's no word on what will power the car but the company recently displayed an X5 eDrive concept which had a plug-in hybrid powertrain that consisted of a TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine, a 95 HP (70 kW) electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. It enabled the model to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in less than seven seconds,average 3.8 L/100km (61.8 mpg US / 74.3 mpg UK) and travel up to 30 km (19 miles) on electricity alone.

All signs point towards a systemic output of 272 PS from a 2-liter turbo engine, helped by an electric motor. That's exactly double the power of a Toyota Prius, so don't expect the eDrive to be slow. Speaking of eDrive, we know this is the name BMW is going to give to a whole new family of powertrains. Our first preview came with an X5 concept last year, which supposedly could run in pure electric mode for up to 20 miles and at speeds reaching 75 mph (120 km/h). Basically, you can do short commuter trips of about an hour per day without ever having to burn petrol.

That's pretty amazing, and so is the fuel consumption. On a normal driving cycle, expect somewhere in the region of 3.8 l/100km. Not bad for a car that can still probably do 250 km/h.

Source : Al Ain Japan