BMW Releases Full Details On The 330e iPerformance, On Sale Now

MAR 27 2016 BY MARK KANE 36

BMW 330e

BMW 330e

BMW has released build notes and specs on the new 330e iPerformance.

BMW 330e Charge Port (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

BMW 330e Charge Port (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

And despite the fact that the media surrounding the car says it will be available in the “summer of 2016”, that shiny new 330e that arrived at our local dealer last week (and the online configurator)tells us you can buy one now.

The 330e is the fourth plug-in from BMW in the U.S. after i3, i8 and X5 xDrive40e.

The starting price (including $995 Destination and Handling) is set at $44,695. A federal credit just north of ~$4,000 means the 330e can be had for a touch over $40k. This price-point puts the 330e it at a slightly lower cost than the entry level/comparable 328i sedan.

Taking into consideration the X5 xDrive40e sales results in the past (as high as 600 units), we should expect to see at least a few hundreds 330e sedans sold each month, with a decent shot at 4 digits ultimately.

The BMW 330e iPerformance shares a lot of technology from the BMW i.  The battery is still pretty small – 7.6 kWh, of which, only 5.7 kWh is usable, so we now understand why the 330e is rated only for up to 14 miles of all-electric range.

All-in all, a car of that size and performance (0-60 mph in 5.9 s) will deplete that 5.7 kWh sooner than later in the event of any sportier driving.

BMW 330e From The Floor Of The New York Auto Show (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

BMW 330e From The Floor Of The New York Auto Show (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Quick specs of BMW 330e iPerformance:

BMW 330e (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

BMW 330e (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

  • 180 hp 291 Nm four-cylinder petrol engine and 65 kW, 87 hp, 250 Nm electric motor integrated into the housing of the eight-speed Steptronic Sport Automatic transmission
  • total system output of 185 kW/248 hp, 420 Nm (on par with 330i and 330d)
  • 0–60 mph in 5.9 seconds with a top speed of 140 mph (225 km/h).
  • all-electric EPA range of up to 14 miles (22.5 km) or 40 km (25 miles) NEDC at speeds up to 75 mph (120 km/h)
  • 7.6 kWh (5.7 kWh usable) lithium-ion battery beneath the boot floor
  • two hours and 30 minutes recharge using a 3.5 kW BMW i Wallbox Level II 240V charger
  • average fuel consumption (combined) of 2.1–1.9 litres/100 km (134.5–148.7 mpg imp)
  • at least 370 liters of luggage compartment volume; the rear seat offer a 40:20 40 split
  • EU-empty weight of 1735 kg (3,825 lbs)
  • $44,695 including Destination and Handling
BMW 330e

BMW 330e

BMW 330e

BMW 330e

BMW 330e

BMW 330e

BMW 330e

BMW 330e

The all-new BMW 330e iPerformance.

  • Everyday usability, paired with efficiency and driving dynamics.
  • Featuring technology transferred from BMW i.
  • 14 miles in all electric mode.

Woodcliff Lake, N.J.: March , 2016… The all-new BMW 330e iPerformance adds another highly innovative variant to the BMW 3 Series line-up with its advanced plug-in hybrid drive system. For the first time, cutting-edge BMW i technologies have been integrated into the world’s most successful premium model. The BMW 3 Series Sedan has already set standards for sports performance and fuel economy in its segment using conventional combustion engines. Key ingredients are its intelligent lightweight design, outstanding aerodynamics for its class and the extensive use of BMW EfficientDynamics technology fitted as standard. The all new BMW 330e iPerformance will be available in summer 2016 at dealers starting at $44,695 including Destination and Handling.

The combustion engine fitted in the BMW 330e iPerformance is based on the four-cylinder gasoline unit with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology that has already won the International Engine of the Year Award on two occasions. Stand-out characteristics include its sporty power delivery, output of 180 hp and peak torque of 215 lb-ft.

The electric motor, developing 87 hp with maximum peak torque of 184 lb-ft, and the power electronics are derived directly from the BMW eDrive technology featured as standard in the BMW i3 and BMW i8 models. The motor is powered by a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 7.6 kWh (gross)/5.7 kWh (net). The model-specific concept of the high-voltage battery, including its battery management system and highly efficient direct cooling system derive from BMW i. The battery can be recharged at any domestic power socket and is mounted flat in a particularly crash-safe position underneath the load compartment. The power electronics form a single integrated system that drives the electric motor via a liquid-cooled inverter, manages the energy flow from the high-voltage battery to the on-board electrical systems and provides centralized control of hybrid-specific functions.

The BMW 330e iPerformance consequently offers a system output of 248 hp and peak torque of 310 lb-ft, allowing a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 140 mph. Pure-electric driving is possible at speeds of up to 75 mph and with a range of around 14 miles. The electric boost function is permanently enabled. The electric motor supplements the power from the combustion engine with 74 lb-ft of torque and can deliver a brief extra boost– depending on the position of the accelerator – of up to 184 lb-ft.

The power generated by both the combustion engine and the electric motor is channelled to the BMW 330e iPerformance model’s rear wheels via an eight-speed Steptronic Sport Automatic transmission with shift paddles. The transmission ratios take effect for both drive systems, lowering the mechanical and thermal loads placed on the electric motor by sustained high revs. This has a positive effect on the operating life of the electric drive system. It also means a torque converter is not required, which partially cancels out the extra weight of the additional drive unit. Just like conventionally powered BMW models, the advanced Steptronic transmission’s low friction losses allow for additional contribution to the high efficiency of the car’s drive system.

BMW iPerformance.
BMW 330e iPerformance drivers can choose from three BMW eDrive-specific programs – AUTO eDRIVE, MAX eDRIVE and SAVE BATTERY – via the eDrive button in the center console. These settings allow the plug-in hybrid drive system to be adapted to the way the car is being used at any point in time.

AUTO eDRIVE: This setting ensures the combustion engine and electric motor work optimize all driving situations and enable a pure-electric top speed of 50 mph. This is the default setting and is activated each time the car is started up.
MAX eDRIVE: In this mode the BMW 330e iPerformance uses electric power only, allowing it to drive for up to 14 miles with zero local emissions. In so doing, it draws on the electric drive system’s full power output and reaches a top speed of 75 mph. The combustion engine can activate at any time if the accelerator is pushed down beyond its kick down position when additional power is required, e.g. for overtaking.
SAVE BATTERY: This mode contains two operating settings. If the high-voltage battery’s charge is below 50 percent, the battery is charged to 50 percent by the combustion engine. If over 50 percent of battery charge remains, the charge level is “frozen”, so that the remaining electric energy can be used for part of the upcoming journey.

BMW Efficiency and Dynamics.
The Driving Dynamics Control switch on the center console allows the remaining settings to be adapted, the ECO PRO, COMFORT, SPORT and available SPORT+ modes are all activated using this switch. Just like steering and chassis functions and the shift characteristics of the eight-speed Steptronic transmission, these modes also make changes to the operating strategy of the hybrid drive system. In COMFORT mode, which prioritizes a fine balance of comfort and efficiency, as well as hallmark BMW dynamics, the use of the electric motor is regulated in such a way that it helps to ensure both relaxed and economical driving. If required, the electric motor teams up with the combustion engine to maximize power delivery. Top-end performance using the full system output of the combustion engine and electric motor combined is the focus of SPORT and SPORT+ modes. In these settings the engine and motor are both permanently active. This allows the drive system to react instantaneously to every movement of the accelerator. In ECO PRO mode, the efficiency potential of electrification is utilized particularly extensively. Intelligent hybrid functionality allows the electric motor and combustion engine to work together with the greatest possible overall efficiency. The extremely efficient energy management for the drive systems involves carefully regulating the power output of electrically operated convenience functions such as the climate control system, seat heating and exterior mirror heating. This also helps to maximize the car’s range.

Intelligent Energy Management.
The BMW 330e iPerformance comes with an integrated, hybrid-specific Proactive Driving Assistant that works using the BMW navigation system. This function represents the interplay between BMW EfficientDynamics and BMW ConnectedDrive technology. When the route guidance function is active, the navigation system collates the available information on the route ahead and uses it to manage the responses of the two drive units. The system accesses both the static data from the interactive map, such as speed restrictions and gradient information, and real-time information on the current traffic situation (Real Time Traffic Information – RTTI). This proactive energy management uses the information as a basis to identify particular stretches of the route where the electric drive system will be preferred over the combustion engine. It ensures that the car drives through residential areas or – if the battery has sufficient charge – entire cross-town links on electric power alone and approaches the destination using only the electric drive system. The system also prepares to use electric energy for uphill sections of road, so that the system’s full recuperation potential can be used on a subsequent downhill stretch. The Proactive Driving Assistant ensures the BMW 330e is equipped to offer locally emission-free driving, but also to cover long stretches extremely efficiently and with less impact on the environment.

BMW 360° ELECTRIC solutions and home charging.
As a plug-in hybrid, the BMW 330e iPerformance can also be charged externally via the main power supply. The empty lithium-ion high-voltage battery can be fully replenished in just two hours and 30 minutes using a BMW i Wallbox Level II 240V charger (charging power: 3.5 kW, can be installed at home or the workplace). Alternatively, the BMW 330e iPerformance can also be charged from empty in 6-7 hours from a conventional domestic power socket (Level I 120V charger) using the standard charging cable supplied. The charging solutions available from BMW 360° ELECTRIC allow for easy charging while being on the road. The BMW i mobility service ChargeNow opens up access to the largest network of public charging stations worldwide (covering over 30,000 charging points managed by partners in 22 countries). BMW ConnectedDrive, the BMW ConnectedDrive app and the ChargeNow app make locating and using charging stations run by partners an extremely fast and easy process, while the ChargeNow card allows convenient and cash-free billing and payment.

The car is hooked up to the power supply via the charging socket, which is located in the front wing on the driver’s side, between the front wheel arch and the A-pillar. A flap with an integral sealing system protects it against ingress from moisture and dust. The charging socket itself has a corona ring, which uses a colour scheme to inform the user which stage of charging has been reached. If the corona ring flashes blue, the BMW 330e iPerformance is in charging mode. It then changes to a solid green light once the charging process has been completed. A solid blue ring indicates a pause in charging, and a flashing yellow ring tells you a system check is taking place. A flashing red corona ring indicates that the charging system is not active. The BMW 330e comes with its own standard charging cable – stored away in a special bag in the trunk and secured with a net – to connect it to the power supply. If no stationary charging options are available, the empty battery can be brought up to at least 50 percent of full charge while on the move by activating SAVE BATTERY using the eDrive button.

Level load compartment floor and unrestricted through-loading facility.
The neat integration of the high-voltage battery (gross capacity: 7.6 kWh, net capacity: 5.7 kWh) under the load compartment gives the BMW 330e iPerformance a level load compartment floor and full use of the through-loading system with 40:20:40 split rear seat backrests. The combined primary trunk capacity is 13 cubic ft. (vs. 17). Access to the secondary luggage area in the storage tray under the load compartment floor is restricted.

In order to maximize the car’s load capacity, the stainless-steel pressure tank was also positioned underneath the rear seat bench in semi-saddle tank form. It offers a usable capacity of 10.8 gallons (vs. 15.8). Fuel vapors in the BMW 330e iPerformance is trapped by an active carbon filter system, as is standard practice with vehicles powered by a combustion engine. In conventional drive systems, the fuel collected by cleaning out the active carbon filter is channelled back into the engine’s combustion process once the filter has reached a pre-set degree of saturation. However, the filter can only be cleaned when the engine is running and, as the engine in the BMW 330e is not constantly in use, this cleaning process happens far less frequently. The intelligent positioning of the electric drive system’s components assure the car’s finely balanced weight distribution – virtually 50 percent at the front axle, 50 percent at the rear axle.

BMW ConnectedDrive.
BMW ConnectedDrive links the driver and the vehicle with the environment. The technology enables access to the most important vehicle information. The driver can call up data – such as the battery charge, available ChargeNow public charging stations and journey distances covered – on the display or pre-set a temperature for the passenger compartment. The BMW 330e iPerformance comes as standard with auxiliary heating and cooling (output: 5 kW). These functions can be activated by a push of a button on the car key, via the BMW ConnectedDrive smartphone app or using a two-week timer on the iDrive operating system. Running the heating or cooling functions while the car is charging does not restrict its electric range.

The innovative BMW eDrive technology in the new BMW 330e iPerformance once again underlines BMW’s leading role in the premium segment when it comes to powertrain electrification. BMW eDrive technology includes a number of cutting-edge plug-in hybrid components and makes a significant contribution to reducing fuel consumption and emissions. BMW eDrive is one of the most cutting-edge elements of the ground-breaking BMW EfficientDynamics suite of technology.

Locally emission-free driving.
BMW eDrive is the new drive system technology used in all electrically powered vehicles from BMW i and the plug-in hybrid models from BMW. Alongside BMW TwinPower Turbo technology for combustion engines, intelligent lightweight design and optimized aerodynamics, BMW eDrive technology is therefore one of the most important elements in the EfficientDynamics strategy designed to increase power and further reduce fuel consumption. In addition, BMW eDrive offers the option of driving on electric power alone and therefore with zero local emissions – yet at the same time provides the option to cover long distances when the two drive systems team up.

BMW eDrive technology ensures extremely dynamic acceleration with instantaneous responses of the electric motor generating remarkable torque. The eBoost function enhances both drive systems under acceleration. The most important components of BMW eDrive technology are the synchronous electric motor (including the power electronics developed by BMW), the lithium-ion high-voltage battery and intelligent energy management. The latter ensures the electric motor and combustion engine in plug-in hybrid models work together as effectively as possible according to the situation at hand.

BMW eDrive technology was initially developed for the all-electric BMW i3 and BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car – which led the way in electric mobility in the premium sector. The fine-tuning of vehicle-specific elements, such as the battery cells, cooling management, power electronics and operating strategy, has involved the transfer of knowledge from the BMW i3 and BMW i8 to the development of new BMW iPerformance models. All components are adapted precisely to the vehicle at hand and optimized in terms of performance, efficiency, safety and durability.

BMW iPerformance technology.
BMW iPerformance technology essentially spans the electric motor, the lithium-ion high-voltage battery and the power electronics. Based on a shared eDrive strategy, all BMW plug-in hybrid models offer supreme power delivery by combining their two drive systems. BMW eDrive makes all-electric driving in urban areas and over cross-country routes a marketable proposition. An important element of the operating strategy is the condition based use of externally sourced and recuperated electric energy to maximize the vehicle’s efficiency. The components of the BMW iPerformance architecture are tailored to each particular vehicle concept and can be combined with four cylinder gasoline engines as well as with classical rear-wheel drive, BMW xDrive or electrified all-wheel drive.

Plug-in hybrid.
In plug-in hybrid vehicles, intelligent energy management ensures the combustion engine and electric motor work together to maximum effect in all driving situations. Their operating strategy is based on the vehicle starting up on electric power only. BMW’s plug-in hybrid vehicles prioritize electric mode at low and moderate speeds. Under greater acceleration and at higher speeds, the combustion engine is utilized. The boost function pulls the torque of both drive systems to maximize the car’s dynamic performance. BMW eDrive ensures that the combustion engine runs efficiently (electric assist) at higher speeds. When the route guidance function of the car’s navigation system is activated, the proactive function initiates an anticipatory operating strategy which optimizes efficiency and maximizes the electric driving experience.

Like the BMW i8, BMW iPerformance models (BMW X5 xDrive40e, BMW 330e, BMW 740e xDrive) can – at the touch of a button in MAX eDRIVE mode – run on all electric power up to 75 mph. The combustion engine only comes into play when the accelerator’s kick down threshold is passed. In SAVE BATTERY mode the battery’s charge can be maintained to enable electric driving later on in the journey. If the charge level drops below 50 percent, the battery is replenished.

Fast and convenient battery charging.
The high-voltage batteries of the new BMW plug-in hybrid models can be charged extremely easily, conveniently and quickly – both at home and while on the move – using BMW 360° ELECTRIC solutions. The battery can be powered up again from a domestic socket using the standard charging cable supplied or from a BMW i Wallbox (charging power: 3.5 kW). When it comes to topping up the battery during a journey, the BMW i mobility service, ChargeNow, gives customers access to the world’s largest public charging network of over 30,000 charging points run by partners in 22 countries.

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36 Comments on "BMW Releases Full Details On The 330e iPerformance, On Sale Now"

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I wonder how fast the car goes from 0-100 km/h in electric mode alone.
The i8 takes over 11 seconds which is slower than our Ford Focus Electric.

Yes, but if you “need” to go faster, at least the car has the capability of cruising 130mph on the autobahn for hours. Even the Tesla can’t do that. Especially in cold German weather, etc. The 3 series sells 4000+ units per month. If BMW can build enough units, this will result in a major increase in BMW brand plug-in sales.

Who wants to concentrate at driving 130 mph *for hours*?

German executives. You know, the kind of guys who are BMWs core customers..?

Yes, it’s good to see BMW take the Tesla Threat seriously.
But, 30 miles of EPA range is my trigger, and this doesn’t do it.

Stop the press! Model 3 news.
“L’autonomie devrait être comprise entre 300 et 500 km en fonction de la motorisation et de l’option de batterie choisies. La batterie devrait être d’une capacité de 75 kilowattheure (kWh) ou 90 kWh.”
Agence France-Presse

14 miles AER Lol! And this thing will be counted as another EV of some kind? And we will pay incentives for this!?!

I’ll be surprised to see a few hundred of these sell per month. Pleasantly surprised, but surprised nonetheless.

If you were already thinking about buying a 3series, something like a 328i, a car like the 330e really makes sense. You get equal performance and safe some fuel, for basically the same money.

Why would this be any different from what we’ve seen from the x5 so far?

There are practically no SUV plug-ins on the market. So it has very little competition.

Ive driven plugin SUV nearly three years now and planning on buying a second one. Volvo, Porsche, Mitsubishi, BMW. Any of these ring a bell? Price ranges from 50k to 100k and up.

David, that’s not correct. As eMan says, there are several available. We list 8 in the latest edition of the ECI EV Buyers Guide (Barnes & Noble), nine including the not yet available in US BYD Tang.

I guess its a fair offer, just 5k more than the similar powerful petrol version and after the tax credit, you won’t even notice that anymore. Of course the range isn’t a lot, but its comparable to a Lexus ES 300Hybrid, but more powerful and with a lot more EV range, for basically the same money.
Its not such a bad deal. It surely is no replacement for a Volt, but if you see it like a more capable hybrid it makes sense.

BMW needs to transfer more of the light construction techniques from the i series. Over 3,800 lbs. makes the 330e too porky.

Not much different (drivetrain wise) than Ford’s Energi & C-Max with 7.1 kWh battery capacity. The Prius Prime has 8.8 kWh capacity.

Seems the 7-9 kWh range is becoming a favorite spec target for PHEV manufactures. Good enough for neighborhood electric drive, but still needing fuel’ed ICE to travel any distance at speed.

All these 7-9 kWh are better than nothing. Hopefully, it becomes a gateway drug to full EV.

My guess is that it has to do with packaging.

I think I saw about 100 of these listed on Autotrader (a few with pics so they are definitely hitting dealer lots). Of course, when I option one up as I would like – $55k pretty quick.

This car is sort of in a class of one. Bigger and faster than the A3 E-tron (with similar range), but not as pricey as Teslas, etc. It really is, as R.S. above suggests, a decent option for those who were already planning to buy a 3 series anyway. In many ways, it might be the BEST 3 series (excluding the M3). Not as all out quick as the 340i, but with the electric motor’s torque it will probably feel very quick the vast majority of the time while simultaneously being more luxurious in EV mode around town.

Tesla Model 3 will so own this car. Poor Bimmer!

Yes 3 years after the launch of the 330e. Wohoo. Not.

Indeed… what a yawner… 14 miles electric… sounds like a Toyota. Nice looking car… waste of plug in tech… shouldn’t even bother for less than VOLT e range. 40 to 60 miles would be about right… also… please put faster chargers into these things… nothing worse than someone tying up a charger for 2 1/2 hours to drive a measly 10 miles on electricity. How about at least a 7.2 Kw minimum… then the TEENY BEEMER BATTERY would be ready for another long 10 miles in only 1 hour. Sheesh. In our quick chargeable cars we get 60 to 80 miles of range in 20 to 30 mins. Come on big car makers get your act together! Don’t show us another one until it goes at least 50 miles on battery.

Our i3 is our first BMW, and I have to say I am quite smitten with the product, company and our lease experience so far. I would probably not even considered BMW if not for our lack of EV choices in AZ but I am glad I did. Sure they cost more, but you get great design and performance. They went 50 state, and made an EV from scratch. I expect lots more good things from them.

It’s sad trying to penetrate people’s minds once they’ve bought into the “BMW mystique”. “Performance”?!

Auto Express UK did a side-by-side track lap between an $18,000 Suzuki Swift ICE 4 banger, and the i3 and the Suzuki beat it around the track by over 8 seconds! 8 seconds is an eternity on a racetrack. The i3 feels zippy, and it’s touchy and darty at the wheel, and this translates to a “sporty” feel for many of us. It’s quicker 0-30, or 0-60 than some PHEVs like Volt and most EVs lest it’s a Tesla, but comparatively in autodom, it’s not even a “quick” car. It’s O-K. Plus, we don’t buy i3s or LEAFs because they are an exciting drive anyway – go around stomping on the accelorater and your 70-80 mile i3 will deliver a lot less miles of range. The skinny little tall tires provide a tippy ride if you push it hard.

The 330e doesn’t provide much if you are into electric drive. These first forays into European PHEVs show that the design is mainly for those zero-emissions zones in European cities, and not for someone interested in kicking gas.

OK. You can have your Suzuki swift. I’ll get an i3.

Sorry, why are people constantly trying to tell i3 owners that they are not enjoying the ride in their cars. I certainly am.

It simply demonstrates that evs are better. Even less than perfect evs are superior to the ice, imho.

This is the pip v.1 all over again, every ev guys nightmare but will sell as many as BMW can make and shift because petrol 3 series buyers will be presented with a car that costs less but has more features. Why would you buy a regular petrol 3 series when you could buy the phev? Even if you only plug in once in a blue moon why not? I could see people buying this car because they get a better parking space at work or because it was the only 3 series the dealer had in the right colour. No one who wants an ev will buy this car it will not take a single sale from leaf, s or volt.

Hopefully if this sells well there will be not standard petrol model in the next gen 3 series.

Nice trunk space. Sure beats stop/start.

I find it funny that nobody complains about products from four that are similar, yet lack the quality and acceleration of a BMW. Everyone’s talking about how this car will get killed by teslas model three, yet I don’t believe Bmw positioned this vehicle to compete with it. Good luck all you morons who are still waiting on the model three. You might just get your cars by 2020. And where are all the Aud bashers? Last I checked, that E – Tron was slower than this BMW. I hate to tell all you guys outside of California, but in the state a carpool sticker is always worth paying the premium on a vehicle even if it gets 5 miles all electric range. Don’t forget people in California have a lot more money than most of the other states and can pick and choose how they waste it

So you are saying this is just a compliance vehicle? 🙂

So according to Gary, everyone waiting to buy a Tesla is a “moron”…

OK, Gary – good luck with that.

I had to wipe the drool off my keyboard to type this. Guess I really am a moron.
Well, at least I have plenty of company.

But this car doesn’t qualify for a California green carpool lane sticker.

Plug-in hybrids are a distraction, and will only be relevant during the transition to BEVs. And when the pack is as small as this, there’s not going to be much benefit – financially for the owner or environmentally for anyone.

The i3 is the only great BMW from a system POV.

I’m kind of annoyed with the plug placement on many of these vehicles. My Leaf has it front and centre, as does the Soul EV. Seems that most others have picked a front or rear quarter panel spot. IMHO, the spot should be either centre front or centre rear.

As an example, looking into my carport, my EVSE plug is located near the back and on the right side. Most the accessories (bikes/canoe) are on the right as well, so we don’t walk on that side of the car. We walk on the left side of the carport, which is also where a storage room access is located.

For a Tesla, with the plug on the rear-left, my carport is no longer functional, since to reach the plug, I would have to back in and crowd the left side of the carport so I could open the door (and in fact visiting Tesla’s have had to do this).

With this BMW, with the plug on the front-left, I could park the car the same as I do my Leaf, but I’ll be dragging the cord across the hood every day.

Can someone answer the question I purchase a brand new 2018 BMW 330e and they gave me the charging hybrid cables without the storage bag and the specs on the website says that there is a bag that holds the cable can anybody confirm this?