BMW 328e Plug-In Hybrid Production Begins November 2015

FEB 24 2015 BY STAFF 13

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The biggest update coming this year with the BMW 3 Series facelift is the introduction of BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrids. For the U.S. market, BMW will offer the 328e model which starts production in November 2015.

The 2016 BMW 328e plug-in hybrid uses a four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor mounted on the rear axle providing a system output of 245 hp and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque.

BMW 328e comes with a combined fuel consumption of 2.1 liters per 100 kilometers, or 112 mpg.

The plug-in hybrid can run solely on electric power up to 22 miles (35 km) with a top speed of 75 mph (120 km/h). The car utilizes Sport, Comfort, and EcoPro settings for the drivetrain as well as Max Electric and Save Battery settings for the hybrid aspects of the drivetrain.

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The new 3 series plug-in hybrid will take advantage of the ‘situational awareness’ that the X5 eDrive has with the addition of new features including Real Time Traffic Information.

First units are expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships in early 2016.

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Sounds like a luxury version of one of Ford’s Energi cars. Maybe a direct competitor to the Fusion Energi?

Possibly, but I think the 3 series is a bit smaller than the Fusion. Wouldn’t Fusion be more 5 series size?

Like the Fusion Energi, it will probably pick up some buyers that didn’t consider a plug-in before getting to the dealer lot.

Definitely. I have one. It’s not as roomy as any mid-size US car like the Accord, Camry or Fusion.

Pretty soon I’m going to need a bigger computer screen to see the entire Monthly Plug-in Sales Scorecard in one shot. 😀

15-20 Mile AER PHEVs are a step forward, that is for sure. Cars like this one, however – only show how far ahead GM is with the Volt.

Still, after all these years – this is what legacy auto manufacturers think we want. To be tied to a gas station but for 20 miles of electric bliss up to 70mph.

At $50,000 and above, I’m sure – this car is neither the best 3 series BMW, or a very good choice for someone trying to cut the gas hose out of their lives.

Upvote. Though I think it’s more that the legacy OEMs want to invest as little money as possible when developing PHEVs.

22 miles NEDC, ~13 EPA. Good to see BMW is sticking with Tonya Harding’s development team.

Im sure the BMW will have much better dynamics when driving on gas though. Faster top speed, acceleration, handling, etc. And it looks much better rear seat room also. But it will still over some electrification around town, etc, for the commute to work for people like me that do 15-20 miles a day. Yet, on the weekend, this car could go on a 500 mile trip, with a much richer drivign experience than driving the Volt.

In 2013 you could push your Fusion Energi into the mid 40’s, now they are $37k or so less, so you’d want to slot the BMW in there. I think the 5’s are higher up than that since the name alone cost you more.

I would expect the 3 series to be the competitor as BMW wants us all to think it’s is the upper scale car than any Ford. So while the 5 series is size wise similar, BMW wouldn’t price them there on that alone.

I’m convinced that a lot of car companies are terrified of making the transition from the current battery price to the much lower price in 3 to 5 years. (Think it through, and it’s clear it could be a real mess if not handled properly.) As a result, the companies are looking for a soft entry to electrification, and a PHEV fills that requirement perfectly. Bring out a 20-mile PHEV now, and when batteries decline in price you can increase the AER to 40 or 50 miles and hold the car price constant (and not infuriate the people who just bought one).

So, this is just another quirk of where we are in the technological life cycle of EVs. Once batteries get cheap enough, such issues will disappear, and we old-time plug heads can tell the youngsters stories of how tough we had it.

One could wonder if this makes the i5 more likely or less likely since it cross markets. Who is going to buy a BMW 382e with 22 miles electric range if they can have an i5 with 100 miles electric range? In reverse if the BMW 382e gives 22 miles electric range it could badly cut the market for the i5 if some customers are satisfied with 22 miles.

I think you are all being unfair to BMW, with the I3, the I8 and now this it’s obvious they are all in. Of course it needs more range, so does everyone else except Tesla. I welcome BMW to the game, it’s one more nail in the coffin of the ICE.

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Nice to see BMW getting their toes wet with electric vehicles. Am I right in thinking they want to have electric versions of all their cars?