BMW Reveals Battery Capacity & Range Details On New 330e PHEV

NOV 16 2018 BY MARK KANE 54

New BMW 330e iPerformance to get a 12 kWh battery.

BMW revealed a few more details about the upcoming 330e iPerformance, scheduled for launch in summer 2019.

The new generation will get a 12 kWh battery (57% more than the previous 7.6 kWh) so the all-electric range is expected to double to 60 km (37 miles).

The new powertrain brings improvements to the top speed in all-electric mode (from 120 km/h to 140 km/h), and introduces an all-new XtraBoost mode for 30 kW more power for a while.

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BMW 330e iPerformance specs:

  • up to 60 km (37 miles) in all-electric range
  • 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 330e iPerformance

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Press blast:

Sportier and more efficient than ever thanks to state-of-the-art BMW eDrive Technology: the new BMW 330e Sedan.

Engine portfolio supplemented for the new generation of the sports sedan with the addition of plug-in hybrid drive – electrically powered range increased as compared to predecessor model by 50 per cent to 60 kilometres* – CO2 emissions reduced by more than 10 per cent – enhanced sprint power: standard XtraBoost further increases drive output on a temporary basis to as much as 30 kW/41 hp – market launch in summer 2019.

Munich. Superior driving dynamics and exemplary efficiency are the key characteristics of the new BMW 3 Series Sedan. With the extension of the engine portfolio to include a plug-in hybrid system, these essential properties of the new sports sedan acquire an additional and especially pioneering dimension. In the new BMW 330e Sedan, the latest generation of BMW eDrive Technology is combined with a 4-cylinder petrol engine to provide a significant increase in sporty flair as well as an even more intense electrically powered driving experience. The first ever standard XtraBoost integrated in a BMW model temporarily increases the system output of the plug-in hybrid drive from 185 kW/252 hp with an addition of up to 30 kW/41 hp. In addition to spontaneity of response, this also increases the electrical range of the new BMW 330e Sedan as compared to the predecessor model by 50 per cent. It is now possible to cover a distance of up to 60 kilometres* on a locally emissions-free basis. Fuel consumption and emission figures are reduced by more than 10 per cent as compared to the predecessor model to up to 1.7 litres* per 100 kilometres and up to 39 grams* per kilometre.

In the new BMW 330e Sedan, intelligently controlled interaction between the electric motor and the combustion engine reaches a whole new level. More than ever, the electrification of the powertrain contributes not just to increased efficiency but also to creating a distinctive form of driving pleasure. The plug-in hybrid system comprises a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology and an output of 135 kW/184 hp along with an electric motor which generates a continuous output of 50 kW/68 hp and a peak output of 80 kW/109 hp. Together, the two drive units develop a system output of 185 kW/252 hp along with a maximum system torque of 420 Nm. As a result, the new BMW 330e Sedan accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 6.0 seconds. Its top speed is 230 km/h. In HYBRID mode, the new BMW 330e Sedan is able to reach a speed of up to 110 km/h when running on electric power alone – 30 km/h faster than the predecessor model. In ELECTRIC mode, locally emissions-free motoring is even possible at speeds of up to 140 km/h – previously: 120 km/h.

One new feature of the new BMW 330e Sedan is the standard XtraBoost, which gives the vehicle its highest level of dynamic performance. It is easy to access by activating SPORT mode using the driving experience switch. In order to support the combustion engine in dynamic driving situations, the electric motor with XtraBoost temporarily provides up to 30 kW/41 hp – stored in the high-voltage battery – in addition to its continuous output. This makes the drive characteristics available that are typical of the BMW 3 Series Sedan. For the first time in a BMW hybrid model, this includes an accelerator pedal curve that offers both maximum sporty flair and precision along with a specific shifting programme for the 8-speed Steptronic transmission complete with brake downshifts. The additional XtraBoost makes for a more intense acceleration experience than in a conventionally powered vehicle with a comparable engine output. The XtraBoost can be used up to the minimum charge status of the high voltage battery. It is also available for kickdown manoeuvres and in the M/S position of the gear selector lever.

The driving experience is accompanied by a model-specific sound design that includes highly emotional engine acoustics inside the vehicle, too. As such, the BMW 330e Sedan combines a definite sporty and dynamic orientation with the proven qualities of a plug-in hybrid model. The hybrid-specific optional equipment features of the new BMW 330e include an acoustic pedestrian protection function.

The electric motor of the new BMW 330e Sedan is integrated in the 8-speed Steptronic transmission in order to save space. Due to its intelligent design, the hybrid-specific transmission is only 15 millimetres longer than the corresponding versions for conventionally powered models of the new BMW 3 Series Sedan. Power generation achieves a particularly high level of efficiency through the recuperation of braking energy, with the electric motor taking on the function of a generator. The electrical energy fed into the high-voltage battery in this way or via connection to the power grid also serves to supply the vehicle electrical system. This means that a generator powered by the combustion engine is no longer necessary, thereby further increasing the efficiency of the system as a whole.

With a gross energy content of 12.0 kWh, the lithium-ion high-voltage battery in the new BMW 330e Sedan enables an electrically powered range of up to 60 kilometres* – 50 per cent more than that of the predecessor model. Meanwhile, fuel consumption and emissions figures are reduced by 10 per cent in the second generation of the plug-in hybrid sports sedan. These now drop to up to 1.7 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres* and up to 39 grams of CO2 per kilometre*.

The high-voltage battery in the new BMW 330e Sedan is positioned underneath the rear seats, while the fuel tank is located above the rear axle. This means that luggage compartment volume is only slightly restricted in the plug-in hybrid model. The storage volume of 375 litres can be expanded as required by means of the folding rear backrest with 40 : 20: 40 split.

In addition, virtually the entire range of optional equipment features for the new BMW 3 Series Sedan is available for the plug-in hybrid. As alternatives to the basic version, the new BMW 330e also comes in the model variants Advantage, Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport. Among other things it can be fitted with the Adaptive M suspension including Variable Sports Steering and the M sports brake system. The full programme of innovative driver assistance systems to optimise comfort and safety is available – ranging from Driving Assistant Professional with steering and lane guidance system to park assistant including reverse assistant. The standard trim of the new BMW 330e Sedan includes pre-heating and pre-conditioning of the interior. Here the energy of the high-voltage battery is also used to power the auxiliary heating. At low outdoor temperatures, the interior can also be conveniently heated prior to setting off – even if the battery charge status is low.For the market launch of the new BMW 330e Sedan in summer 2019, new digital services will be presented which make it more attractive and convenient to charge the battery while out and about. When selecting a public charging station, the navigation system also provides the driver with a list of recommended nearby hotels, restaurants, cafés, tourist attractions and cultural institutions. Charging station availability can also be checked using the vehicle display and operating system. The driver receives the information along with a forecast of the occupancy status of the public charging station at the time of arrival. In addition, selected charging stations can be reserved for a limited period in the future.

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54 Comments on "BMW Reveals Battery Capacity & Range Details On New 330e PHEV"

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So this is more like a fancy Volt? For $45K wouldn’t the M3 be a better deal?

Isn’t M3 just a quicker 3 Series with better suspension? Isn’t Model 3 just a fancy Leaf?

No, going by Elon’s remarks the Model 3 is a fancy EV1.

That would depend on where you live, and the level of environmental tax there is on cars and fuel
In Norway it is almost always much cheaper to buy a plug in hybrid. If you add huge savings (due to expensive fuel.. at about $2 a liter) when driving electric most of the time – the choise is clear.
That is why over 80% of all BMWs sold in Norway are plug in hybrids. If you add pre heat/cool functions that plug in hybrids have – there in no way I would buy a regular gasoline car again.

October sales numbers: Model 3 17,750 vs BMW 330E 229(!). Okay that was the old 330E but I seriously doubt the new model is going to turn things around for BMW so that should answer your question about which of the two the market considers the better deal, and that’s before a $45K Model 3 is even available.

Worldwide the 9kwhr 530E represents 18% of 5 series sales presently and outsells the current 7kwhr 330E 2~3times. Selling well over 3000 units a month.

I would imagine the 12kwhr 330Es sales potential to be 2 times that of 530E given its battery spec and with general 3 series volumes relative to the 5 series.

@trackdaze, it’s an ICE BMW passenger car for the most part and Tesla is nuking BMW passenger car sales in the US (and should get worse once $35K Model 3’s ships in high volume!).

“If you mix raisins with turds, they are still turds.” C. Munger

Smart guy :). The production of the old 330e stopped at May.

So, you’re a troll, but more casual?

Like a fancy Volt that’s had a third of its battery excised. BMW needs another equally sized battery upgrade to be in the Volts league.

The volt and outlander do PHEVs right by using a single speed transmission.

BMW has stuck with a multi speed trans.

Aren’t they CVT type transmissions? I’m sure the C-Max Energi ( a plugin) has a CVT.

The Volt has a fixed mechanical gear ratio AFAIK; any adjustments are done only by routing part (or all) of the power through the electric generator/motor setup, which effectively works as a non-mechanical CVT.

Most of the European PHEV conversions just add an electric motor in front of the traditional transmission, or on the other axle.

Cute but if October if sales numbers of the old 330E are any indication (peaking this year at 229 in October vs 17,750 Model 3s this is not going to help BMW deal with the Model 3 challenge in the US.

Some people want a car that can cruise 80mph all day long. The new 3 series interior and luxury features are a magnitude higher than the model 3. 330e current production is very limited for the US. And some of us dont want a car that looks like a duck.

Looks like 229 out of 18,000 lower luxury class buyers would agree with you.

In the minority for sure.

BMW sold 13000 plug in evs in october worldwide. Up 41% versus 2017 and with a bigger batteried 3 series it should be doing over 20,000 plug ins per month next year.

Wow, I wasn’t aware that BMW has invented a car that never needs to stop and refuel. That makes it even more surprising how few of these they sell!

It needs to refuel for sure, but can be weeks between every refuel. They had to redesign the fuel cap, and parts of the tank, since the gasoline stayed in the tank so long. Most of my coworkers that don’t have an EV owns a PHEV of some kind, and they can drive weeks without having to refuel. The fuel savings in total, is surpricingly high. Does of course help with expensive fuel, and the feature to pre heat/cool the vehicle. Some have really har problems to make it through the day without using the ICE, due to a tiny battery. I think BMW is going in the right direction here. If the increased battery range continues to increase in the same pace, without increasing the weight by much – think how the average European customer can benefit from this. With regards to the global environment (manufacturing and use), it is better with a hybrid with a properly sized battery, then an EV with a huge battery. Same with EVs, the right battery size makes a huge impact on the ecological footprint of the vehicle. If you need a big battery, buy a car that offers it – and if… Read more »

Way to flaunt that minority opinion. Model 3 sales are not killing 3 series because it is inferior. Do you have some kind of tiny screen/button fetish?

Are you compensating for something with your big screen?

Tesla pilots like ‘maxipads’, not some teeny weenie displays.

“ducks” are sure giving the whole BMW lineup a QUACKING, or is that Plucking,as in pluck a ducks feathers.

Is this a German Regulation compliance car???
19 miles???

That’s not even good in it’s home country of Germany with their harsh winters.
19 miles in Germany in Winter will be 11 miles.

But, out of Winter this also adds some nice horsepower and torque.

There are tens of millions of Germans and at least a hundred million of Europeans with commutes shorter than 10km. Nevertheless this is primarily an ICE car which can utilize high efficiency of electric mobility in some situations (stop and go, inner city driving, supplemental acceleration, energy recouperation instead of braking). People who want to drive mainly electric will be disappointed, but overall this is a huge improvement over ICE, which is still the dominant car sold by far.

Not trying to dimish the advantages of (PH)EVs, but most of those probably use public transport..

The average distance for commutes in Germany is around 15 km. Close to 50% drive by car (less in high density areas). Only 5% travel 50km and more. The stats exclude commuters who live and work in the same city which would bring down average distances.

Exactly: less in high density areas. Those who commute by car are mostly those living in a rural area and having a longer commute. Among car commuters, typical distance is surely much higher than the general average. Which means that many commuters will struggle to make it in these compliance PHEVs… Though the new generation forced by WLTP no doubt improves the situation quite a bit.

I think IEVs may have the AER incorrect because per the article below it says “37 miles”….

19 miles is insideevs estimate. Adding a third more miles from the actual version of the car for 57% more battery with maybe a more efficient system. I don’t understand their logic.

The logic is that if the NEDC range improved by 50%, it’s likely that the EPA range improved by a similar percentage… Not sure whether this is true — but it certainly seems a valid approximation.

a 12 Kwh battery and only achieves 19 miles of real-world range? Why is it that the Prius Prime has an 8.8Kwh battery and still manages 25 miles? Let’s hope that estimate is wrong. I hope when EPA testing is done the final number ends up at least being in the 20s somewhere.

My crystal ball tells me that it’ll definitely be better than the estimated 19 miles.

The 330e is definitely not built for lightness and efficiency like the Prius.
The 330 is off the 3 series built for high speed driving.

My MY13 leaf gets at worst 65 miles at winter from a 17kWh battery. Not much +65mph driving, but plenty of accelerations. How can anybody claim the new bimmer will only get 19 miles from a 12kWh battery? Smells of bimmer bashing.

How did the old one only get 14 miles form a 7.7 kWh battery?…

“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”

So a 57% bigger battery is only estimated to get 36% more AER?

I think someone is trying a little too hard to diss BWM here…

Yup, its called biased range ratings. FYI my 114mi EPA range i3 did 148 miles on a highway trip.

Your range estimate does not make sense to me. If an EV can go 3-4 miles per kwh, why can’t a phev do that? Your range estimate of 19 miles seems too conservative.

BMW’s idea of “Sporty” and “Performance” is a 0-60 of 6 seconds.

Their idea of “efficient” is 60 MPGe under the WLTP cycle, which will probably come out to 50 MPGe under EPA.

And BMW wonders why their sales/revenue/profits/stock is falling.

To be fair, a large percentage of the general public is probably impressed by those numbers. I still hear people describe something that gets low 30 MPG range (or even high 20’s!) as “good gas mileage” despite my own car being rated at 120 MPGe.

It will not come under 50 MPGe. 6 seconds is plenty sporty. Sportiness is not defined by that one metric alone, and that’s why there’s a difference between sports cars and muscle cars. BMW certainly knows more about their revenue and profit situation than you do.

You know BMW US and worldwide sales are up this year right? They’re replacing their sedan sales with crossover sales.

The 60km/37mi of the 2019 model are measured on WLTP, while the old one was NEDC. Usually EPA is ~20% less than WLTP, which means ~30mi EPA, not 19mi.

Its amazing people assume it was NEDC based factory ratings. And everyone here thinks US sales are what makes or sinks BMW.

How do you interpret the table above, esp. the asterisked footnote?

Not the way I understand their statement. They measured using the WLTP protocol, but translated that to the NEDC equivalent “in order to ensure the comparison between the vehicles (that is, older EV models whose range was given per NEDC). That’s ofcourse against the whole purpose of WLTP, which was to move to more realistic ratings.
Since the previous 330e had 25mi NEDC range,
Adding ~50% to the battery capacity should add ~50% to the NEDC range, or a total of 37mi on NEDC — which is exactly what they’re saying.
Since the older model has 14mi EPA range, I’d be _very_ surprised if the updated one gets >21mi EPA.

You are correct about the press statement, I missed that part. However, BMW’s german website quotes the range as 55km/34mi on the current measuring cycle, which is WLTP for any new car. I think that should translate into ~27mi EPA.
This shows some discrepancy between BMW’s statements though, as it is unlikely that 60km NEDC translate into 55km WLTP. And why translate the new numbers into misleading NEDC instead the old ones into WLTP?

It’s the law: until the end of the year, consumer information is supposed to give NEDC ranges. But since they have to test on WLTP now, they have to “calculate” the NEDC ranges from the WLTP results…

Gosh, doubling this PHEV’s range to 37 miles.

Meantime, the Chevy Volt has an EPA range of 53 miles, and the Honda Clarity PHEV has an EPA range of 47 miles.

Color me unimpressed. 🙁

The new BMW is a mainstream car meant to give a profit, and it has to balance weight to EV range. A larger battery adds weight and cost, and if BMW customers will not buy it it’s a wasted experiment.
Adding a larger battery is the easy part – getting people to buy it is the hard part.

I wish the Germans would get their CANS in gear regarding EV’s. You’d think that for all we hear about GERMAN ENGINEERING that more of their automakers would be interested in making a DECENT EV, if only for Bragging Rights.

Instead they seem to be working on the PIP standard – where anything better than 8 miles electric range is fantastic. In fairness to Toyota, the Prime now supposedly goes 25 miles which still beats the Germans.

The Audi E-Tron and Austrian-Built Jag I-Pace at least have decent ranges. Since Audi is a VW sub-brand, that is amazing in and of itself.