BMW To Make Huge Splash In Geneva With New PHEVs

FEB 19 2019 BY MARK KANE 69

There is nothing better than more range

BMW will be present at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show with new versions of three of its plug-in hybrid models:

All three, besides general upgrades that concern all powertrain versions, received a highly-important battery capacity extension for more all-electric range (all the numbers are in NEDC as those new models were not yet certified for WLTP). With such reinforcement, BMW should be able to continue to increase PHEV sales around the world.

Another new proposition from BMW will be BMW Energy Services pilot project, which brings free, green electricity to run electric cars for those who will opt for smart charging. The pilot in Switzerland in France to start in April 2019.

BMW 330e iPerformance

BMW 330e iPerformance

The new 3-Series in its new plug-in hybrid version will be equipped with 12 kWh battery (57% increase) for up to 60 km (37 miles) in all-electric range (NEDC).

“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 kilometres – around 50 per cent further than its predecessor.”

BMW 330e iPerformance specs:

  • up to 60 km (37 miles) in all-electric range (NEDC)
  • 12 kWh battery (gross)
  • our EPA range estimation: 19 miles (30 km) – a third more than current EPA at 14 miles (22.5 km) on 7.6 kWh battery
  • system output: 185 kW (215 kW in a XtraBoost mode) and 420 Nm
  • a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine (135 kW/184 hp), eight-speed Steptronic transmission and electric motor (continuous output of 50 kW/68 hp and a peak output of 80 kW/109 hp)
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.0 seconds
  • top speed of 230 km/h (143 mph) or 140 km/h (87 mph) in all-electric mode

BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance

BMW X5 xDrive45e

The new BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance is an all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid with a range of up to 80 km (50 miles) under NEDC.

We don’t know yet everything about the X5 specs – some say that the 9.2 kWh battery will be replaced with a 14 kWh battery. It should increase the all-electric range from 13 miles (21 km) EPA closer to 20 miles.

“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 kilometres 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-litre fuel tank and a versatile boot offering between 500 and 1,716 litres of luggage space.”

BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance specs:

  • up to 80 km (50 miles) in all-electric range (NEDC)
  • system output: 290 kW and 600 Nm
  • a 3.0-litre 6-cylinder petrol engine (210 kW/286 hp), eight-speed Steptronic transmission and electric motor (peak output of 82 kW/112 hp)
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.6 seconds
  • top speed of 235 km/h (146 mph) or 140 km/h (87 mph) in all-electric mode

BMW 745e iPerformance

The new BMW 745Le

The luxury 7-series was facelifted and it concerns also plug-in hybrid versions: 745e (standard), 745Le (longer) and 745Le xDrive (longer and all-wheel drive).

The new 12 kWh battery (up from 9.2 kWh) increased NEDC range to 54-58 km (33.5-36 miles) depending on type.

“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 kilometres for the BMW 745e, from 52 to 55 kilometres for the BMW 745Le and from 50 to 54 kilometres for the BMW 745Le xDrive.”

BMW 745e Specs:

  • Max system output 290 kW / 394 hp and 600 Nm – six-cylinder in-line gasoline engine (210 kW / 286 hp) and 83 kW electric motor
  • 12.0 kWh battery for up to 54-58 km (33.5-36 miles) or all-electric range (NEDC)
  • Acceleration 0–100 km/h in 5.2 seconds
  • Top speed 250 km/h (155 miles)
  • Top speed (electric) 140 km/h (87 miles)
  • Charging time for 100% charge: 4.4 h at 3.7 kW (16 A / 230 V)

BMW 745Le Specs:

  • 12.0 kWh battery for up to 52-55 km (32-34 miles) or all-electric range
  • Acceleration 0–100 km/h in 5.3 seconds

BMW 745Le xDrive Specs:

  • 12.0 kWh battery for up to 50-54 km (31-33.5 miles) or all-electric range
  • Acceleration 0–100 km/h in 5.1 seconds

BMW Energy Services

“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.”

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PHEVs are so history.

Maybe for you… Much better then an all ICE powertrain.
PHEV’s are a key building-block for the average consumers to go 100% Electric.

How so? Certainly not on price because these are priced the same as comparable Tesla Models.

I guess some people still need the gateway drug of a PHEV. I wish some of those folks gave pure EV a try.

Or maybe some BMW fans just can’t be seen driving anything else and this is their only choice and as close as it gets to drive ev.

Exactly, if you still give the NYTimes and the WSJ some kind of credibility in their Tesla coverage, you’re going to be AFRAID to look at a Tesla.

Of course, it’s almost as if those journals are accepting Koch Propaganda money to give misleading and inaccurate coverage about Tesla products and the Tesla driving experience.

(push read more to fix format) A Hyundai Ioniq PHEV costs $25.4k… so there’s that. It’s hard to say the true cost of a PHEV vs a BEV because tax subsidies have their real values skewed to hell and back. Few things though to explain the perceived higher price on PHEVs: 1) A car’s price isn’t only a matter of how much its drive train costs. Tesla’s drive train isn’t cheaper. What Tesla has really excelled at was cutting costs elsewhere, such as with the bare bones interior and pleather seats. I’d imagine it would save quite a bit of money not having to design and install a dashboard with integrated screens / driver cluster / buttons / knobs / vents / sliders, and all sorts of wiring running throughout it. No gear shifter. No e-brake lever. No buttons for back seat heaters. No design consideration for a sun roof that can open. Throw a BMW interior into that mid-range TM3 and lets see how it impacts the price. That’s not to claim either solution is better or worse, but to simply point out that the way Tesla designed their interior likely resulted in a large savings, and that has… Read more »

Maybe some want to take a road trip without the trouble and time of frequent recharging and want to be able to heat the car all they want in cold weather without loosing the already depleted cold weather electric range.

Nevertheless, the efficiency (distance traveled per unit of energy) of these cars in EV mode is disappointing. And are the batteries in the trunk (if so no sale) or have they re-positioned them to somewhere less intrusive like under the back seat?

FWIW I think the IEVs estimates are a little pessimistic; I’ve always found EPA to be about 2/3 of EPA, whereas this article assumes about 1/2. But yes, these still aren’t competition for the Ioniq.

get real. A lot of people live in areas where the charging infrastructure is non existent.

And, they cannot buy a Tesla, (especially a 3), as it is not available in their country

That always seems like a weak reason. You do 90+% of your charging at home. Tesla has USA-wide & Europe-wide Superchargers for trips.

But I guess a lot of people still don’t “get” EV charging.

@Clive said: “…PHEV’s are a key building-block for the average consumers to go 100% Electric.”

PHEV are what traditional car makers are forced to make because their EVs don’t yet have access to a robust convenient and reliable fast charge network for those occasional longs distance trips.

PHEVs can be compelling when a budget PHEV gives at least 15-20KWh, but when I read BMW is leaving the range (& power) to 12KWh I was hearing the Looney Tunes theme.

Battery prices have fallen 80-90% since Chevy put 16KWh in the Volt. BMW has no excuse.

OT Newsflash: Honda is restructuring for EVs, so goes its excuse for shutting its UK plant today.

Yeah, I really don’t see any of these BMWs being the “budget” PHEVs that really broaden the plug-in car market. The cheapest of these is the same price as a Tesla Model 3.

I wonder if they’re break 10% of BMW sales, but who knows?

That battery capacity is pretty standard for PHEVs. Chevy Volt went above and beyond. PHEVs are more about reducing consumption, not getting rid of it completely. If your commute is 25 miles, and the battery will take you 21 miles, then you’ve reduced gasoline consumption by 84%. With that said, if your commute is within the battery only range, then you’ve reduced consumption by 100%.

Like everything, individuals will decide what works best for them.

Yes, customers will vote with their wallet, but it would be really nice to have 30 mile range PHEV. It seems like so many are 20 miles or fewer. That’s cute.

“Battery prices have fallen 80-90% since Chevy put 16KWh in the Volt.”

Really ?

With 80km range, the X5 is definitely more than 12kWh. I guess it has about 20kWh minimum.

With Global Warming Hurricanes hitting Florida, and evacuation orders to get out of Dodge, a plugin makes more sense, IF you only have a 19 miles daily commute.
And it spreads more batteries to more cars.

But, the i3 REX solution is far better, because it gives you the EV driving experience with Electric Power as your primary power source, not the gas engine. Every time I hear a starter motor now, i cringe.

The i3 REX is a premium distinctive solution to emergencies, and broken chargers, and ICED chargers, and Full chargers.

i3 REX is the worst car for getting away from anything. Not only will you have huge lines at the gas station to fill up your puny tank, your ev range is also dismal.

Pistons Have Entered Valhalla?

Actually in the culture/country that invented Valhalla, BEVs are now dominating!

Heia Norge!

Boisterous Exclamation Validated.

Expensive, slow and laggy compared to a Tesla.

Yes, and that is why Tesla will continue to eat their lunch in head to head competition like the Model S to the 7 series and now Model 3 to the 3 series while BMW gets its mainly Euro compliance updated PHEVs up to 2011 Chevy Volt range standards.

This is the danger. These are in compliance with German pollution regulations but they don’t really offer the EV driving experience, the quiet or the instant torque, as the gas engine is the Primary driver.

Not even up to. The 2011 Volt had a 16kWh battery, not 12, a 110kW el. motor, not 82, maybe, and a 363Wh/mi (93MPGe) mixed cycle efficiency, not 474Wh/mi (71MPGe).

It’s about the same MSRP. It has about the same 0-60 as the TM3 MR. With an electric motor, it doesn’t necessarily need to have acceleration lag like an ICE.

But yeah, if you want to argue price and speed… couldn’t you do the same with the WRX STI? The 3-series was never about being the fastest or best handling car out there. It was about having a good balance of luxury and great driving dynamics.

Yeah, I really don’t see how these can compete well against Tesla. Unless you specifically want a PHEV, why not get a Tesla for the same price? The 330e will be about the same price as a Model 3 and the 745e will be about the same price as a Model S. I guess that X5 xDrive45e (what a clumsy name) is cheaper than a Model X so it wins its category for now but the Model Y will challenge it.

(Yes, I’m talking in the USA mainly…they’ll do better in Europe I guess.)

so don’t compare to Tesla then….compare to the other gassers.

Soft bigotry of low expectations.

Just because they plug-in doesn’t mean Tesla needs to be instantly put up for comparison….

This is an EV website…so that does tend to be the focus around here.

“our EPA range estimation: 19 miles (30 km) – a third more than current EPA at 14 miles (22.5 km) on 7.6 kWh battery”

Any reason why 58% more kWh would translate to only 36% more range?

Sounds pretty pesimistic to me.

I’m guessing they miscalculated it?

The NEDC electric range on the old model was 40 km. They translated that to 22.5km EPA or 14 miles.

The new model NEDC is 60 km, a 50% improvement. But somehow they translated that to 30km EPA or 19 miles. 50% would be 33.75km EPA or 21 miles.

For BMW to put such exact numbers on it 40km/60km.. I think these are just estimates… so range may very well increase by 58%.. which would put the range at a bit over 22 miles. Or they may have added some extra buffer. The original 7.6 kWh battery only used 6 kWh of the battery, or about 79%. If they used the same ratio here, then it’s 9.5 kWh usable.

I’m more curious what the gasoline mpg will be. The old 330e didn’t see a huge improvement in mpg in hybrid mode. It’s possible the regenerative braking could improve with the larger battery.

I thought NEDC was DEAD (because it was ridiculously optimistic) and WTLP was the new, more accurate, standard.
Why is NEDC still being used by BMW?

Probably BECAUSE it gives them those inflated ridiculously optimistic numbers.

Huge splash? If I press that plug-in sales scorecard button at the top right hand corner of this page I don’t really see it. Well maybe things will be different this time around. That 745E is definitely exiting and judging from those MB S550E sales on the scorecard it should sell like hotcakes.


Love the “exiting” freudian slip. 😉

The “Huge Splash” is not what one wants when pushing PHEVs is really just “jumping the shark”.😉

If you are in the market for a PHEV and have some coin, they’re worth checking out.

This headline troubles me.

“BMW To Make Huge Electric Car Splash With New PHEVs In Geneva”

To be called an “Electric Car” or vehicle a vehicle should be able to travel more than half its miles on electric range without needing to use fossil fuel.

Let’s be clear … BMW is releasing “electrified” ICE vehicle, aka “Plug-in Hybrids”, NOT fully, or even half-way “Electric” vehicles.

Please InsideEVs … don’t misuse the term “Electric Car” when the correct term is “Electrified Hybrid”.

No wonder 90% of general public asks “is it a hybrid?” when I say my EV is electric. IndideEVs is NOT helping my perpetuating this falsehood.

Thanks, please amp up … as an EV voice you have duty to safeguard the correct use of terminology.

It says with PHEVs right in the title. We made sure of that. Electric car and EV are generic terms that include anything with a plug (i.e. EV and PHEV, or electric vehicle/car and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle/car). PHEV does not stand for Plug-In Hybrid Electrified Vehicle. I agree that people may not understand, so we will surely be more careful to clarify. But, we did make sure that the title clearly pointed to “new PHEVs.”

Generally, automakers use “electrified” to suggest they are building electric vehicles, when, in fact, they are simply adding traditional “electrified” hybrids or even 48-volt mild hybrids. The term electrified hybrid doesn’t really make any sense since all hybrids are electrified. The difference is whether or not the car has a plug. Electric is EV and PHEV. We only cover the story if it includes cars with a plug. We also hesitate to give much coverage to PHEVs with very little all-electric range. Honestly, we avoid covering most of them most of the time.

Based on your logic, if your daily commute is 42-44 miles or less, then this should be sufficient to be called electric correct?

(I think insideevs may have gotten their electric only range wrong, it should be 21-22 miles)

Electric doesn’t refer to the amount of range. It refers to whether or nor a car can be plugged in.

So….why not use the less confusing term of “plug-in car” when referring to a car that can be plugged in?

Seems a lot less confusing.

We generally do. This particular title just said electric cars, so we added new PHEVs to clarify. We thought that was enough, rather than saying plug-in cars and then PHEVs both in the same title. Additionally, if the word electric is not in the title, Google will ignore the story. But, it’s hard to fit plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in a title. Like I said, we will try to be increasingly clear moving forward.

Good point on the search engine optimization.

I know, just being sarcastic with his logic. 😉

No, “electric” or “electric car” refers to a car powered only by the electricity in its batteries, and driven solely by an electric motor, or motors. Electric cars do not burn gas, and these do.

Yeah, I prefer the term “plug-in car” when generically referring to pure EVs & PHEVs. Calling a PHEV an “electric car” is deceiving IMHO as I’d say most associate it as electric only.

Agreed that it may confuse people, and we’ll be careful about that. But, by definition an PHEV is an “electric” vehicle. We specifically added “new PHEVs” to the title to assure that it was clear.

I promise you that there was surely no intent to deceive here.

It has an electric motor, making it an electric car. PHEV / BEV are just specific types of electric cars. Same way that diesel and petrol cars are both referred to as ICEs.

It’s all about proper definitions. There is different ways of defining what constitutes an electric car but I find the most useful one is one that uses the energy that is used as the criterion.

So my definition: a vehicle is an EV to the extend it uses electrons from an external source for its propulsion. So basically anything with a plug, but only to the extend it uses those externally sourced electrons for propulsion in case there is also an ICE on board.

I’m very happy for them! I’m sure they’ll be able to sell hundreds of them! 😉

“BMW To Make Huge Electric Car Splash With New PHEVs” that makes no sense, an electric car splash with hybrids. If they were going to announce something electric, that would be a nice splash, but an all new 330e that only manages an estimated 5 mile gain over the previous generation. And then the wrest are marked (NEDC) so their final EPA numbers could be vastly different. It’s a hybrid drop in the bucket not an electric car splash.

Update: I see the title has changed…….👍

Barely anyone would charge their phevs. With gasoline at $2, it simply does not make sense to charge a phev.

Imagine Norwegian/ European gas prices, and suddenly PHEVs are a dream that saves you a lot of money 😊
Still. . Wireless charging would be a superior solution for PHEVs . . Just park, and the car does the rest. No effort from the driver.

50-75+km range would be cool too.

Obviously you just came out of hibernation s i’ll explain it to you…
Let’s take the 330e for a comparison….
These cars are averaging 30 mpg or below on gas so you’re looking at minimum $666 in gas costs on 10k miles. Even with it super pathetic ev fuel economy of 47 kWh/100miles (which is not the norm for evs) your electric rate needs to be over 15 cents per kWh in order to be more expensive to drive ev. In most places where the gas is $2 the kW is cheap too. Even in SoCal you don’t pay that much to charge…so go back to sleep.

Ha! Petrol is the cheapest it’s ever been in decades here in the UK but is still three times that price in the USA, In Europe BMW along with 7 other major car manufacturers are not going to make the new stricter lower 95g/km CO2 emissions limit before 2021 hence the PHEVS to bring that CO2 number down across their fleet.

They’re on a hiding to nothing as with the other car manufacturers selling cars in Europe they will be fined €95/car across their fleets, as they make cars in the hundreds of thousands the size of the fine is HUGE.
VW are at present looking at a fine of €1.6billion, PSA are looking at €600million just to mention two car makers.
So yes they are compliance cars in my view.

Fuel is much dearer in most of the world, unlike the ridiculous give away price in the US. These vehicles are a good step in the right direction. They have plugs, and the battery capacity will only increase in newer models. Good news – don’t knock it.

Better but probably still a battery and e motor generation behind.

On the 3 series they should have put the 1.5 3cyl in, ditched the multi geared transmission and taken the weight and cost savings to a bigger battery and electric motor.

No phev can make a splash. Unless you drive them into water.

When 99% of your travels are less than 50km and you put in a battery that is capable to handle way more than that, you carry dead battery weight 99% of the time and waste resources. A smaller battery is more efficient in a lot of scenarios. Do the math. Bigger batteries in most cases only enhance convenience not efficiency.

convenience is a powerful driver in consumers’ decisions. And, if PHEVs would be engineered as EVs first, the increased weight would have a minimal effect in start/stop driving because of the instant high torque of electric motors.

As long as they keep making PHEVs based on ICE cars, instead of PHEVs based on BEVs (that is, BEV with 15-25Kwh battery + motor-generator), they will be unappealing half cooked solutions.