BMW X5 xDrive40e & Hyundai Sonata PHEVs Join The EV World

OCT 15 2015 BY MARK KANE 9

Hyundai Sonata PHEV

Hyundai Sonata PHEV

BMW X5 xDrive40e

BMW X5 xDrive40e

BMW has begun deliveries of X5 xDrive40e to U.S. this month, while Hyundai is fast approaching the launch of the Sonata PHEV (despite the price remaining unknown at time of press).

The X5 plug-in expands range with 13 miles of all-electric driving (in most cases), while the Sonata PHEV adds a full 27 miles (EPA) in all-electric mode.

Neither vehicle is going to compete for the electric driving, long range championships for PHEVs, with the BMW i3 (72 miles), 2016 Chevy Volt (53 miles), and Cadillac ELR (40 miles) being the leading three vehicles.

We feel that the Sonata PHEV will most likely slot into the market segment most held by the Ford Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi – both in pricing and all-electric abilities.  We expected a MSRP in the low $30,000s for the plug-in Hyundai.

If you would like to see more comparisons of different plug-in models on the market, pleas visit Compare EVs card.

Plug-in Cars (with engine on-board) Range & Price (U.S.) Comparison (October 2015)

Plug-in Cars (with engine on-board) Range & Price (U.S.) Comparison (October 2015)

Here is similar graph for entry level version of all-electric cars (now including more versions of Tesla Model S and new Model X) as well as some archive models:

BEVs Range & Price (U.S.) Comparison (October 2015)

BEVs Range & Price (U.S.) Comparison (October 2015) – Tesla 90 series data estimated

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9 Comments on "BMW X5 xDrive40e & Hyundai Sonata PHEVs Join The EV World"

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At the price of the BMW X5 xDrive40e, might as well get the low end Tesla.

Lower maintenance cost and higher resale value makes the Tesla a better deal.

As much as I love BMW, I have to agree with you. The Tesla makes more sense.

Just basic common sense dictates that two power-trains resulting in less efficient use of energy and a more expensive, both in terms of original components and maintenance of same; while in addition it is a more complex, wasteful, and polluting solution for the small number motivation of people, it is bound to come a cropper when put up against the Tesla, as you both say.

Or I could have just said: +1

“maintenance of same”

Actually from the Volt it shows that maintenance is lower since you split the wear and tear between the ICE powertrain and electric powertrain.

The ICE portion will have less maintenance than 100% ICE powertrain and electric powertrain will have less than wear and tear than 100% electric powertrain.

I thought BMW’s was heavily favoring the e-supercharger hybrid than the EREV, i.e., you -can- go pure electric by forcing it into that mode, but typically the E-train boosts the performance of the ICE – both are running?

ModernMarvelFan, maintenance of the electric power train is precisely zero, other than potentially the drive battery which has much heavier use if it’s a smaller battery as with a hybrid.

The gas-engine component is much, much more complex, and the transmission is much, much more complex than with a pure electric car.

I’ve driven my ’11 LEAF nearly 49,000 miles now, and reliability is fantastic, although I will need new tires soon.

13 miles … Ha! Ha! Ha!
This is not me laughing, but BMW’s execs laughing at us.

Thanks for separating BEVs from PHEVs.

October seems to be a brisk month for Plugins and EVs.

Got to drive the xDrive a couple of weeks ago in Austin, it is really cool in all electric Eco Pro + mode.

Same drivetrain as i8, a small turbo four. It is awesome but would get the Model X for the $77k the M costed that I drove.