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A plug-in hybrid is propelled by both an electric motor and a combustion engine, thus combining the best of both worlds. In this way, the combustion engine can be employed on motorways and the electric motor can take over in built-up areas. It ensures that both technologies are used to maximum efficiency. As is the case with an electric car, the battery can be supplied with power and charged from a socket. The interplay of the BMW eDrive propulsion concept also inspires with its impressive dynamics. Thanks to its combination of electric motor, lithium-ion high-performance battery and intelligent energy management it provides an inspiringly agile driving experience and breath-taking acceleration. When driven purely electrically, it is completely free of local emissions. Find out more about the BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles and take a look ahead at tomorrow’s future-oriented projects.

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  • What is a plug-in hybrid car (PHEV)?

    A plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) has a combustion engine and an electric motor. Both are able to propel the vehicle independently. A plug-in hybrid obtains its energy firstly by charging the battery from a socket or at a charging station. Secondly through recuperation. The hybrid drive automatically employs the optimum drive system in every motoring situation. For instance, the vehicle may be travelling purely electrically on certain routes or can – such as when overtaking for example – call on additional power dynamically.

  • How does a plug-in hybrid work?

    Hybrid vehicles combine a conventional petrol engine with an electric drive. Intelligent interplay between the two enables a remarkable saving in fuel to be achieved, significantly lowers exhaust emissions and provides an exceptional driving sensation. On journeys up to approx. 50 km/h, the hybrid generally runs purely electrically provided it makes sense, such as in urban areas for example. For maximum efficiency in different driving situations, such as fast journeys or rapid acceleration, it uses the combined power of electric motor and combustion engine.

  • What is the (electric) range of a plug-in hybrid car?

    The electric range of a plug-in hybrid car depends on the size of the battery. In the case of BMW, the maximum electric range is between 40 and 95 kilometres, depending on the model. The electric range depends on various factors, in particular: personal driving style, track conditions, outside temperature, heating/air conditioning and pre-heating. The overall range through the combination with the combustion engine is of course significantly higher.

  • Is the “E registration plate” available for plug-in hybrid cars?

    Cars known as plug-in hybrids, i.e. hybrid vehicles with an external charging connection, can obtain the E registration plate. The condition for this is that they should either emit a maximum of 50 grams of CO2 per kilometre or be able to cover a distance of at least 40 kilometres in purely electric driving mode. This applies to all BMW plug-in hybrids.

  • Can a plug-in hybrid also be charged without a socket?

    Yes, it can. You can also charge a plug-in hybrid from a charging station or a Wallbox. However, the different charging stations do need different cables or types of plug. For conventional sockets, the standard charging cable is included in the supply schedule. The BMW Wallbox is equipped with its own cable. For public charging stations, you need what is known as a “public AC charging cable” with the “Type 2” plug on both ends. Currently, though, there is one exception for high-power charging (HPC) stations, such as those of IONITY: at present these stations are only compatible with what are known as CCS plugs, which may, however, apply to plug-in hybrids in the future. In addition, a plug-in hybrid can also obtain part of its charge via recuperation.  

  • Can the plug-in hybrid be charged during the journey?

    Yes, it can. The plug-in hybrid can regain part of its energy when braking (recuperation).

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BMW Vision M NEXT in front of a forest three-quarter front view

The electrified future of the brand BMW M starts now – with the BMW Vision M Next. This visionary plug-in hybrid is proof that digital intelligence makes the self-determined driving experience even purer and more emotional. Its exterior underlines this aspiration with sports car proportions while the interior consistently places the driver at the centre of attention. And the driving experience itself is just as impressive as the external appearance: the Power-PHEV drive of the BMW Vision M NEXT provides the options of carrying out the journey with electric all-wheel drive or in puristic style with rear-wheel drive. Even more power is available at the touch of a button with the so-called BOOST+ mode. The range in purely electric driving mode extends up to 100 km – in most cases this is sufficient to cover a large proportion of journeys purely electrically. Consequently, the BMW Vision M NEXT is also a future-proof sports car for inner cities with potential zero-emissions zones and adds a new dimension to sporty driving pleasure.

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Electric cars.

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Charging our electric cars & plug-in hybrids.

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Range of our electric cars & plug-in hybrids.


  • BMW 225xe Active Tourer:
    Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 2.4
    CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 56
    Electric consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 17.4

    BMW 330e Sedan:
    Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 2.2
    CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 50
    Electric consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 15.4

    BMW 530e Sedan:
    Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 2.0
    CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 46
    Electric consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 15.6

    BMW 745e Sedan:
    Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 2.4
    CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 56
    Electric consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 17.5

    BMW X5 xDrive45e:
    Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 2.5
    CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 56
    Electric consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 25.7

    BMW i8 Coupé:
    Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 1.8
    CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 42
    Electric consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 14.0

    BMW i8 Roadster:
    Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 2.0
    CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 46
    Electric consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 14.5

    The values of fuel consumptions, CO2 emissions and energy consumptions shown were determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown considers optional equipment and the different size of wheels and tires available on the selected model.
    The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according to Directive 1999/94/EC and the European Regulation in its current version applicable. The values shown are based on the fuel consumption, CO2 values and energy consumptions according to the NEDC cycle for the classification.

    For further information about the official fuel consumption and the specific CO2 emission of new passenger cars can be taken out of the „handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2 emission and power consumption of new passenger cars“, which is available at all selling points and at