BMW X5 xDRIVE40e Coming To US This Fall, 13 Mile EPA Range, 55 MPGe

MAR 17 2015 BY JAY COLE 57

Good News:  The BMW X5 xDrive40e Arrives In The US This Fall

Good News: The BMW X5 xDrive40e Arrives In The US This Fall

The BMW X5 xDRIVE40e made it’s world debut only a few days ago and now BMW USA is updating the specifications and options specific to the US market.

The BMW X5 xDrive40e Is Capable Of Driving All-Electrically For 13 Miles

The BMW X5 xDrive40e Is Capable Of Driving All-Electrically For 13 Miles

As expected, the earlier announced 31 km (19 mile) range for Europe on the wildly optimistic NEDC sliding scale has been toned down to a more realistic 13 mile estimated EPA range.

BMW says the plug-in SUV will move from a standstill to 60 mph in very respectable 6.5 seconds, while returning an average of 55 MPGe.  The combined performance of the gas engine and electric motors puts out 308 horsepower and produces 332 lb-ft of torque.

On its own, the electric motor puts is good for 111 hp, and has a maximum torque of 184 lb-ft.

Top speed in all-electric mode is electronically limited at 75 mph.  When the 2.0L 4 cylinder engine is in use (240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque), the top speed of the plug-in X5 reaches 130 mph.

More Room Than Your Standard PHEV

More Room Than Your Standard PHEV

The Green Ring Means All Charged Up

The Green Ring Means All Charged Up

BMW is quick to tout the vehicle’s advantages over a plug-in passenger car:

“The BMW X5 xDrive40e offers a luggage capacity of 34.2 – 72.5 cubic feet. The plug-in hybrid model thus provides all the versatility associated with a full-sized sports activity vehicle in terms of not just its driving qualities but also its levels of spaciousness”

Thankfully, BMW is also not waiting a long time to release this offering in the US, with the company saying that it should arrive at dealers this fall.

Inside The BMW X5 xDrive40e

Inside The BMW X5 xDrive40e

Check out BMW’s incredibly thorough press release below:


The first plug-in hybrid BMW Sports Activity Vehicle

  • Up to 13 miles of zero-tailpipe-emission pure electric driving
  • Preliminary fuel economy estimates up to 55 MPGe
  • 0-60 mph in just 6.5 seconds


BMW X5 xDrive40e Gets A Charge At One Of BMW's New 24 kW DC Sttations

BMW X5 xDrive40e Gets A Charge At One Of BMW’s New 24 kW DC Sttations

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – March 17, 2015 … The BMW X5 xDrive40e, the company’s first plug-in hybrid Sports Activity Vehicle, charts the next chapter of BMW’s ongoing EfficientDynamics initiative. Benefitting from the groundbreaking work by BMW i on electromobility, the X5 xDrive40e combines the company’s award-winning 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine with an electric motor, powered by a lithium-ion battery, integrated into its 8-speed automatic transmission. This newest BMW SAV can travel approximately 13 miles on pure electric power, ideally suited to short commutes and quick trips around town. Working in concert, the gasoline engine and electric motor puts out 308 horsepower and produces 332 lb-ft, enough to propel the X5 xDrive40e from 0-60mph in just 6.5 seconds. As the name implies, it features BMW xDrive, the company’s intelligent all-wheel drive system, for optimal stability and traction under all circumstances and road conditions. Early preliminary estimates put US EPA mileage estimates at 55 MPGe. The 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e will arrive in US showrooms in the fall of 2015.

The BMW X5 xDrive40e is the first plug-in hybrid production model from the core BMW brand. It combines the versatility and luxurious ambience of a full-sized Sports Activity Vehicle with the superb traction offered by the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system as well as BMW EfficientDynamics eDrive technology for exemplary efficiency.

Time To eDrive?  BMW Has Several Different Power Options To Choose From

Time To eDrive? BMW Has Several Different Power Options To Choose From

BMW eDrive technology provides exceptionally efficient performance as well as the potential for all-electric mobility with zero tailpipe emissions, ushering in a whole new form of driving experience in a Sports Activity Vehicle. At the same time, the BMW X5 xDrive40e reaps the benefits of the technology and know-how transferred from the debut of the BMW i cars. The BMW i8 blazes a trail for seamless blending of sustainability and The Ultimate Driving MachineTM driving thanks to plug-in hybrid drive power. These traits can now be enjoyed in a model from the core BMW brand.

Drive duo and permanent all-wheel drive for trademark driving pleasure and maximum efficiency.
Thanks to its duo of drive units, intelligent hybrid powertrain control and permanent all-wheel drive, the BMW X5 xDrive40e promises effortless performance and outstanding efficiency on the road. Its drive system comprises a four-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a synchronous electric motor integrated into the 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. The lithium-ion high-voltage battery pack can be topped up from any 120-volt/15 amp electrical outlet or – quickly and conveniently – from the BMW Charging Station, as well as at public charging stations. The high-voltage battery, which also supplies power to the battery for the 12V electrical system via a voltage transformer, is housed underneath the luggage compartment floor, where it is particularly well protected in the event of a crash. The BMW X5 xDrive40e offers a luggage capacity of 34.2 – 72.5 cubic feet. The plug-in hybrid model thus provides all the versatility associated with a full-sized sports activity vehicle in terms of not just its driving qualities but also its levels of spaciousness.

...quite a mouthful

…quite a mouthful

The BMW X5 xDrive40e furthermore succeeds in fusing its versatility and poise with a level of efficiency that simply places it in a class of its own. Short everyday journeys up to 13 miles can be easily completed with zero tailpipe emissions, while actual fuel consumption is reduced substantially when driving for longer distances. Capable of consuming zero fuel in electric mode, according to early preliminary estimates the BMW X5 xDrive40e is rated at 55 MPGe, based on early preliminary estimates, setting new benchmarks for efficiency in its segment. On longer journeys, when both engine and motor need to be deployed, the powertrain system which has been systematically geared towards maximizing efficiency keeps the fuel consumption and emissions figures far lower than in comparable models with similar power output. The plug-in hybrid drive system in  the BMW X5 xDrive40e produces major efficiency savings in everyday driving situations when compared to conventionally powered models in this segment.

BMW TwinPower Turbo and BMW eDrive technologies mated to perfection.
The 2.0-liter four cylinder in the BMW X5 xDrive40e has already won the coveted title of “International Engine of the Year” three times, as well as having been named to Ward’s “10 Best Engines”,  and features a TwinScroll turbocharger, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and variable camshaft control on both the intake and exhaust sides (Double-VANOS). It generates a maximum output of 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of peak torque.

Dash Console Graphically Displays Which Drive Mode The X5 Is In

Dash Console Graphically Displays Which Drive Mode The X5 Is In

The electric motor provides output of 111 hp, while its maximum torque of 184 lb-ft is available from the word go in typical electric drive fashion. This has the effect of boosting the engine’s output for thrilling, instantaneous responsiveness and power build-up with absolutely no delay when accelerating from stationary, as well as far more dynamic performance whenever a quick burst of speed is required. The BMW X5 xDrive40e completes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in just 6.5 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph. In all-electric drive mode the vehicle is capable of a top speed of 75 mph, again electronically limited.

BMW xDrive permanent all-wheel drive even in all-electric mode.
The power stemming from the two drive units is transformed into effortless forward motion courtesy of the 8-speed Steptronic transmission and the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system. The BMW X5 xDrive40e can be optionally equipped with shift paddles on the steering wheel, enabling the driver to swiftly make manual gear selections with the greatest of ease. Regardless of the proportion of drive power being sourced from the engine and motor respectively, xDrive ensures optimal traction in all weather and road surface conditions, together with optimized handling stability and increased agility when powering through corners. An electronically controlled multi-plate clutch provides the basis for fully variable distribution of the drive torque between the front and rear wheels. xDrive is linked up to the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), making it capable of acting in advance to counter vehicle understeer or oversteer and to always direct drive power in such a way as to optimize the handling dynamics.

Obligatory Shot Of The Door Rail With Badging

Obligatory Shot Of The Door Rail With Badging

Driving Dynamics Control switch and eDrive button allow the vehicle set-up and powertrain control to be configured as desired. The eDrive button on the center console lets the driver modify the powertrain control. When the vehicle is first started, the default AUTO eDrive setting is activated, with both engine and electric motor working efficiently in tandem. The electric motor alone is used for setting off with normal power requirements, while the engine cuts in at around 45 mph or when the driver wishes to accelerate very sharply. In this mode, the intelligent operating strategy determines the most efficient drive combination at all times and switches to it automatically. The driver can also switch to the all-electric drive mode setting MAX eDrive, in which the vehicle is powered solely by the electric motor. This mode is designed for comfortable driving with zero local emissions without the engine being started, and offers a maximum range of 13 miles at a limited top speed of 75 mph.

The third mode that can be activated is the SAVE Battery setting, which allows the driver to save or build up the high-voltage battery’s energy reserves for a later point in time. When driving on the highway, for instance, the state of charge can be kept constant or even boosted in order to use the high-voltage battery’s power for all-electric driving in urban areas later in the journey. In this way, the stored electrical energy can be selectively deployed exactly when required.

The BMW X5 xDrive40e also comes standard with a Driving Dynamics Control switch, just like the conventionally powered model variants of the sports activity vehicle. This can be used to activate the vehicle set-up modes COMFORT, SPORT and ECO PRO, which each have the effect of altering the throttle mapping, the steering characteristics, the responses of the 8-speed Steptronic transmission, as well as the characteristics of the standard Dynamic Damper Control on the BMW X5 xDrive40e. The ECO PRO mode triggers efficiency-optimized control of electrically powered comfort functions, such as the air conditioning, seat heating and heated mirrors. Besides this, when the driver’s foot is off the accelerator at speeds between 0 and 100 mph, the coasting function shuts off the engine, allowing the vehicle to glide along without burning any fuel.

BMW X5 xDrive40e Out For A Spin In Europe

BMW X5 xDrive40e Out For A Spin In Europe

The modes selectable with the eDrive button and the Driving Dynamics Control switch can be combined with one another at will, allowing the powertrain control and vehicle set-up to be tailored precisely to the prevailing situation and the driver’s personal preferences. In this way, comfort, sportiness and efficiency can each be combined with high-intensity hybrid driving as desired.

Instrument cluster and Control Display with hybrid-specific readouts.
The BMW X5 xDrive40e features a black-panel instrument cluster with enhanced hybrid-specific functions added to its array of readouts. The drive readiness display positioned in the lower part of the tachometer switches from “OFF” to “READY” when the start/stop button is pressed. The high-voltage battery’s state of charge is visualized in the form of a battery symbol below the gear display. The Driving Dynamics Control switch setting is also indicated, as is the operating mode selected with the eDrive button. Depending on the selected drive mode, information on the vehicle’s electric and total range, current fuel or electricity consumption, recuperation of electrical energy in the high-voltage battery and the progress of vehicle charging can likewise all be shown in the instrument cluster.

Model-specific menu options and readouts are also available in the iDrive operating system’s Control Display. An energy flow display can be called up while on the move, illustrating in graphical form the interaction between combustion engine and electric motor as well as how energy is being fed to the high-voltage battery. Charging of the battery from the power grid can also be controlled from the iDrive menu using a timer function, which can factor in a planned departure time as entered by the driver. In addition to this, preconditioning of both the interior and the battery can be programmed in the iDrive menu. Timer-controlled cooling or heating ensures a pleasant temperature inside the passenger compartment ready for the start of the journey, while the high-voltage battery can also be cooled so that it is in an optimum operating state at the time of departure. The electrically powered auxiliary heating and ventilation function is also part of the standard specification on the BMW X5 xDrive40e. It can either run on grid power during vehicle charging or be powered by the high-voltage battery if it has sufficient capacity.

BMW X5 xDrive40e Charging

BMW X5 xDrive40e Charging

BMW X5 xDrive40e: a classic sports activity vehicle offering unique hybrid performance.
Exclusive, bespoke design touches on the model’s exterior clearly identify the BMW X5 xDrive40e as a classic sports activity vehicle while also making its unique hybrid capabilities plain to see. The most noticeable feature is the charging connection for the high-voltage battery located in the left front fender. Blue light effects also appear here at the start of the charging process to indicate the flow of energy. The exhaust system on the BMW X5 xDrive40e has a twin-tailpipe design with trapezoidal tips. Besides the model badge at the front of the vehicle’s flanks, the “eDrive” logo, already familiar from the BMW i models, graces the tailgate and door sills with their blue background as well as the center console.

Apart from Dynamic Damper Control, the standard specification for the BMW X5 xDrive40e also includes self-levelling rear air suspension. The 2‑zone automatic climate control that is standard on all BMW X5 models extended to include an auxiliary heating and ventilation system comprising an electric instantaneous water heater and an electric refrigerant compressor. In addition to this, all of the optional extras from the BMW X5 range are available, with the exception of the third row of seats, the Adaptive M Suspension, Active Steering and comfort seats in the rear. The BMW X5 xDrive40e can, however, be specified with xLine and Luxury Line for the exterior and interior to emphasize either the Sports Activity Vehicle’s robust, versatile nature or its exclusive, luxurious character. The plug-in hybrid model can also be ordered with M Sport as well as the Ivory White and Mocha Interior Design Packages.

The BMW Navigation Professional system is another standard feature in the BMW X5 xDrive40e. A wealth of BMW ConnectedDrive options are offered, including Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, BMW Head-Up Display, the BMW Night Vision system with pedestrian and animal recognition, Lane Active Blind Spot Detection, Parking Assistant, rear view camera, Surround View and Speed Limit Info. All driver assistance systems are also available when driving in all-electric mode. The Adaptive LED Headlights, Comfort Access, as well as the full selection of 19- and 20-inch light-alloy wheels, are available to order for the BMW X5 xDrive40e.

BMW X5 xDrive40e Returns An Estimated 55 MPGe

BMW X5 xDrive40e Returns An Estimated 55 MPGe

Highly versatile charging options as well – thanks to pioneering products and services from BMW 360° ELECTRIC.
The plug-in hybrid design of the BMW X5 xDrive40e provides the ideal basis for extensive use of the electric drive system for highly efficient mobility, even including urban driving with zero tailpipe emissions. Its high-voltage battery offers a gross energy capacity of 9.0 kilowatt hours (kWh) and can be topped up with energy from a home charging station, like the BMW i Charging Station, as well as at public charging stations. With an occasional use charger, the BMW xDrive40e can be charged from a standard 120-volt outlet.

A tailor-made solution for safe, simple and extra-fast battery charging at home is available for the BMW X5 xDrive40e under the umbrella of BMW 360° ELECTRIC. The BMW Charging Station is capable of replenishing the high-voltage battery at a charging rate of 3.5 kW (16 A/220 V). As a result, it takes approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes to fully recharge an empty battery pack. Charging progress can be checked on a graphic displayed in the vehicle’s instrument cluster or on a smartphone using the BMW Remote app. The data displayed on the monitor includes the quantity of energy supplied and information on preceding charge cycles.

Under the umbrella of BMW 360° ELECTRIC customers are offered an all-embracing service concept covering everything from the supply and installation of the charging station to maintenance, support and other services. There is also the ChargeNow service, comprising a ChargeNow card that grants access to the entire network of ChargePoint public charging stations nationwide. Beyond this, the BMW 360° ELECTRIC portfolio also comprises BMW Solar and ParkNow Long Term programs as well as maintenance, assistance and other customer services that have been specially tailored to this model and eMobility.

Innovative new functions from BMW ConnectedDrive furthermore help to plan journeys in such a way that the vehicle drives on electric power alone as much as possible and at maximum efficiency at all times. The Navigation Professional system fitted in the BMW X5 xDrive40e gives drivers the option of calculating a hybrid-specific ECO PRO route to an entered destination, which makes allowance for factors such as the traffic situation, the route profile and driving style. The intelligent energy management function in the BMW X5 xDrive40e utilizes the available data on the route profile for all navigation-assisted journeys anyway, together with real-time traffic information. This forms the basis for anticipatory and efficiency-optimized powertrain control that keeps fuel consumption as low as possible while making intensive use of electric mobility, for example when nearing the journey’s destination. On a longer journey that goes through both rural and built-up areas, for instance, Brake Energy Regeneration can be employed and the engine’s load points deliberately raised at higher speeds to ensure there are sufficient power reserves for completing the urban sections in all-electric drive mode. What’s more, the locations of public charging stations are added to the selection of points of interest on the navigation map whenever route guidance is activated.

The BMW Remote app also comes in a hybrid-specific version and lets the driver retrieve information on the high-voltage battery’s state of charge even when they are away from the vehicle by using a smartphone. The app also displays the location of public charging stations. Efficiency evaluations for the last journey completed can be viewed on the smartphone as well, along with the total distance driven purely on electric power and the amount of fuel saved by using grid power. The auxiliary heating and ventilation functions of the BMW X5 xDrive40e can similarly be activated to heat or cool the interior prior to departure.

Production at the BMW Spartanburg plant: centre of excellence for BMW X models and hybrid technology.
The BMW X5 xDrive40e is being produced at the BMW Spartanburg plant in South Carolina. This is where all other model variants of the sports activity vehicle are also built along with the BMW X6, BMW X3 and BMW X4 models. It has been over 15 years since the first-generation BMW X5 went into production. Since then, this US plant has evolved into the global center of excellence for BMW X models.

The BMW X5 xDrive40e is assembled in parallel with both the other model variants of the BMW X5 and the BMW X6 on a shared production line. Special assembly steps have been added to the manufacturing process for integrating the hybrid-specific components. The high-voltage battery is manufactured in a newly constructed production hall on the site of the BMW Spartanburg plant. All production processes are subject to the same strict quality and safety standards that the BMW Group applies worldwide. The BMW Spartanburg plant stands out for its resource-efficient system of energy supply. It was here that the intelligent Energy Data Management System (iEDMS) with continuous and comparative power consumption measurement was first implemented. Moreover, a large part of the energy required for vehicle production is obtained from methane gas, sourced from a nearby landfill, with the help of highly efficient turbine generators.

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57 Comments on "BMW X5 xDRIVE40e Coming To US This Fall, 13 Mile EPA Range, 55 MPGe"

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Why can’t these companies put a little bit more battery in there?

I just don’t understand it. The government will pay for it with a tax-credit! It is mind-boggling.

It’s very easy to understand. They are preparing for the EU regulations. Which will most easily be meet by high numbers of low range plugins.

OK, fine. But why not have a version with 6KWH, a version with 11KWH, and a version with 16KWH and let the consumers decide? It can’t be that hard. And it just seems crazy not to offer something that the government will pay 100% for! (The ~$414/KWH tax-credit from the USA federal government will easily pay for the additional cells.)


It is crazy how few people realize this. The same is true for the Mitsu PHEV. Make a special 16kWh version for US please!

Where “most easily” means cheapest to produce without any clue what a >$50,000 SUV PHEV customer actually might want, I totally feel you.

The regs excuse is DOA. You should get what you pay for.

I’m also at a loss. I mean, I’m the kind of guy that says anything with a plug is better than a vehicle without a plug. But I do have to turn my nose up at 13 miles, especially on a luxury vehicle. 20 miles EPA range should be bare minimum for any PHEV.

dude, Speculawyer, you have tax credits confused with rebates.

True, you need to have enough income to directly take advantage of the tax credits. But even if you don’t have enough income, you can instead lease the car and the leasing company will take advantage of the tax-credit and pass the savings on to you in the form of a lower lease payment.

It would be nice if they would release an MSRP.

I think the gas-only X5s start at about $53K. I’m unlikely to consider this one unless its price is lower, which doesn’t seem likely.

AWD X5 starts at $57,700.

I predict this one to have a base MSRP of $64,900.

ugly as only a german car can be.

It is because German cars are so ugly they absolutely dominate luxury sales in all world’s markets. I guess it’s just us tasteless Europeans with our tasteless furniture, architecture, fashion, motorcycles etc

Actually the i3 is ugly. This is just boring. That’s obvious.

FWIW Lexus has dominated luxury sales for 12 of the last 15 years in NA. BMW and MB did better by releasing more models, but Lexus is back on top after releasing the NX.

It would also be hard to affix the adjective “luxury” to lot of the cars that BMW and MB are selling. “Downscale” would probably be more descriptive.

I never said all German cars are pretty, but I still don’t agree with Big Solar’s statement. Lexus is a Mercedes wanna be, they sell a few IS’s in Europe and that’s it. Yes, they are reliable, that’s great, but how can anyone spend relatively lot of money on a copy-cat product. I’m talking about LS here. I think only a person with no taste…

or maybe a person that is smart enough not to buy a car that breaks down every 3 or 4K miles.

I disagree. I think they sell because people here (at least) like to make themselves appear to be rich/fancy/better than/fabulous etc…etc….

In many cases you’re right, but there are actually people who appreciate attention to details and “clean” beauty. At least Elon does, thanks goodness.

Nah, it looks pretty good. And very good compared to the average plugin.

I wouldn’t call it ugly. But if I was going to pay that much for an SUV, I’d just go for the Model X.


Model X is the ugliest SUV or CUV or whatever it is. It looks like a Prius, and is useless for most sports activity. Model X will just be the Tesla shareholders’ wives’ grocery van.

If Model X is coming out in smmer of this year, we should see some real model or pricing. Until then, it is just vaporware.

Ugly or not at least it will be a real electric car that makes sense. not a 13 aer car….

Compared to the i3, it’s downright gorgeous.

Another zero mile electric car from a German car manufacturer. How exciting!

Giving credit where credit is due, BMW is definitely a player on the EV space. Just maybe not with this entry.

Watch out though . . . this may sell MUCH more than the i3. I just wish they made the battery a little bit bigger.

A lengthy press release for 13 miles EV, which is about Prius territory. And I’m sure it will be expensive in line with other BMWs.

Meant to say Plugin Prius.

who is the moron buying this? somebody driving 5 miles to mall and back and then duly will charge his motor every day?
and itsprobably 10000 usd more expensive than regular X5
car for wannabe treehuggers

What most people are missing here are these:
1. A 13 mile AER is enough to cover most commutes at low cost overhead and no space compromised. It also ‘ends range anxiety’ (really, not a false tweet here).
2. A battery/regen helps by downsizing the engine, and so increasing the mpg hugely. Recoups the lost energy in braking.
3. With chargers at work places, if your commute is 13 miles each way, you still burn 0 gas.
4. As gas price will be low for a while, this is an extremely good deal, if they price it right.

See Through, you are basically a fan of any car as long as it’s not called Tesla. It is actually a no-brainer to anyone reasonable that this car should have a bigger battery, 13 miles is silly.

We will see what the market thins. If at Prius PIP sales is a clue, I think this will do well in the US, if price is right.

BTW, Model S is also a fine commute car. And may be ok for road trips for those with plenty of time, and can crunch the numbers and map the routes to make it to their destinations.

” A 13 mile AER is enough to cover most commutes” The standard X5 has an upper curb weight of 5,0000 lbs. Add the extra battery and electric motor and this thing could easily reach 5250 lbs. or more. With an EV mode only offering 111 kw to push that 2 1/2+ ton tub around I doubt you will be commuting anywhere except around a parking lot.

Oops. 111 hp not 111 kW.

LOL …too funny …but sad at the same time so I’m laughing through tears. As I said on the previous article concerning this model …this SUV ‘could’ have been something interesting but BMW chose to cripple it.

Don’t be a hater. See Through is clueless about electric vehicles, but regarding this hybrid, he is right. 13 miles isn’t what we really want, but it is very helpful, and covers small town driving and a lot of city driving as well.

Before criticizing partial efforts like this, remember another EXCELLENT thing about any hybrid electric. They should increase the gas motor’s reliability tremendously because they use the electric motor during times when the gas motor would normally experience the most wear and tear. Moving a heavy vehicle from a standing start. Hybrids solve that quite nicely. And more reliable vehicles mean fewer made, in the long run.

Well, apologies in advance for feeding the Tesla-hating troll, but…

“See Through” said:

“A 13 mile AER is enough to cover most commutes…”

Maybe on whatever planet you live on. Here on planet Earth, you need nearly 40 miles of range to cover most commutes. The 38 miles of electric range of the Volt should be the absolute minimum for any plug-in EV.

PHEVs with higher electric ranges will, in general, sell better. Too bad nobody currently seems to be interested in making them.

OK, no more green stickers for things like this. Put up some minimums like perhaps 30 miles EPA rated electric range minimum.

13 miles Epa range. Ha ha BMW thats funny, shame on this ****.

“BMW X5 xDrive40e Gets A Charge At One Of BMW’s New 24 kW DC Sttations”(sic)

Seriously? I highly doubt that this car will have a SAE Combo inlet. The other pictures are obviously from the EU version since a Type-2 handle is shown plugged in, without the extra DC pins by the way. Also, it only has a 16A on-board charger. Here in the States they should just bundle a dual voltage TurboCord(TM).

I call them the EU Compliance Plugins, or
EUCP for short…

Agree. It is optimized to reduce CO2/km ratings in EU without compromising cargo space. Look to Porsche plug-ins for sales forecast.

This is yet another “placeholder PHEV” that the maker can significantly upgrade just by putting a bigger and cheaper (in $/kWh) battery pack in a year or so.

I think it’s valuable to assess every car with a plug in terms of how it will look in 2 years when the 200 mile EVs start coming out. While nothing currently on the market will be very appealing, the $36k VW e-Golf, for example, doesn’t look very promising, to say the least. PHEVs with increased AERs will survive the transition to longer range, mainstream EVs much better.

I think it’s valuable to assess every car with a plug in terms of how much the car can actually be driven without using any gasoline/diesel. How many oil-powered miles can be replaced with electric-powered miles? For something like the Prius Plug-in or this BMW X5 xDRIVE40e, cars with an electric range of only about 11-13 miles, the answer is “not many”.

When it comes to PHEVs, the GM Volt is looking better all the time.

What’s really going to be funny, is how vs. Q7 the motor won’t be too small, and neither will Q7’s battery, but the Germans will conclude the BMW’s engine won’t be big enough and it’s battery is just the right bean cost.


Man walks into a BMW dealership,

Man – “I’d like to buy an X5 can I have a test drive.”

Salesman – “do you drive in the city”

Man -“Yes, why”

Salesman -“Why don’t you try the new hybrid X5 it is much smoother and the government makes you pay less tax”

Man internal thought process – “I was really after the V8 but I’m rich so I really don’t like paying tax”

Man – “OK, I’ll give it a go”

In my opinion the X5 plugin is a very important step in the right direction for people who just don’t care or know about EV’s.

Who buys a reguler X5 anyway – it’s not a good off roader, its not a good sports car, its not a good mini van, its not economical or cheap but BMW sell heaps of them. I can’t think of a logical argument for buying this car but at least the plugin version displaces some of the regular X5 sales that are just nonsense vehicles. I can’t imagine someone holding out for a serious EV opting for this and at least it will introduce a whole new set of people to the idea that they don’t have to buy gas if they don’t want to.

I think you have a point here! It will pull in new type of buyers into the plug-in world.

After driving most of the electric cars on the market, I realize plug in hybrids bore me.

Who wants to spend this much to get a measly thirteen miles..for what, part of their commute? It seems more and more of an HOV lane sticker loophole.

We need more real evs like the RAV 4 and B Class to replace these gasoline headache SUVs.

To frickin’ many words BMW. Just tell me how the power train works. You hint that it is like the i8 but then your wordy explanation seems to indicate otherwise. So what’s the deal? you just sandwiched an electric motor between the engine and the 8 speed tranny? It doesn’t have one “electric axle?”

Geesh great example of where a picture is worth a thousand words.

A solution in search of a problem.

This is a really nice evolution of a Prius V plug in. Same lousy EV range as Prius Plug in with the increased space of a Prius V.

And what is with the SAV acronym… SUV, CUV, SAV, UTE… sheesh… it isn’t a real designation unless the public uses it. No real news here… move along.

Yeah, the endless proliferation of TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms) in car types seems more and more pointless. Important differences: How many seats does it have? Is it built on a car body or a truck body? How many doors does it have? Does it have a rear door/hatchback? How much cargo capacity does it have? (Can it hold a 4′ x 8′ uncut plywood sheet, as our minivan can?)

The difference between a crossover utility vehicle (CUV) and a crossover activity vehicle (CAV) is… just what, if anything at all, in real-world terms? It’s bad enough that some auto makers use the terms SUV and CUV interchangeably. (Properly speaking, a crossover or CUV is built on a car body, whereas an SUV is built on a truck body.) Adding CAV to the mix not only doesn’t help, it just makes things even more confusing.

P.S. — Why is the Tesla Model S called a “sedan” when it’s actually a hatchback? Oh, wait — according to Wikipedia, it’s a “liftback”. *sigh*

Years of waiting for this??? What a let down.

And then this? -“The BMW Charging Station is capable of replenishing the high-voltage battery at a charging rate of 3.5 kW (16 A/220 V). As a result, it takes approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes to fully recharge an empty battery pack. ”

This is ridiculous… almost three hours to charge to go 13 miles and no fast charge option (7.2) like the Cayenne?

The Cayenne SEH plug-in is so much better than this.

Are we really supposed to get excited about a PHEV with an all-electric range of only 13 (EPA rated) miles? Seriously?

I was hoping for a new generation of PHEVs with ranges -greater- than the Volt’s 35-38 miles. Not less!

All of the optional extras from the BMW X5 range are available, with the exception of the third row of seats, the Adaptive M Suspension, Active Steering and comfort seats in the rear


Oh my god, i found out in Germany it must go a minimum of 30 km electric and than it will get a “electric privileges”. And how long go the BMW x5…30 km !!
Really shame on this BMW. EVEN Audi ist much better, and the Outlander PHEV from 2013 also!

Anything with less than 50 mi AER is not worth the effort of plugging in.