More Details On BMW’s Upcoming 5 Series PHEVs

JAN 16 2016 BY MARK KANE 13

BMW 330e

BMW 330e

BMWBLOG outlines two new plug-in hybrids being developed by BMW – 530e and 540e, based on some parts from the 330e.

330e is equipped with a 7.6 kWh battery to go for some 22 miles of driving in EV mode (NEDC).

The 530e and 540e are to be introduced on the market in 2017.


  • around 280 hp system power from four-cylinder engine and an electric motor
  • up to 22 miles / 35 km in all-electric mode (up to 75 mph / 120 km/h)

540e (more power / slightly less range):

  • gasoline engine four-cylinder TwinPower turbo (258 hp and 400 Nm) + an electric motor (95 hp and 250 Nm) for a total power of 326 hp of system power
  • up to 19 miles / 30 km in all-electric mode (up to 75 mph / 120 km/h)

A wireless charging option is expected to be offered on both versions.


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BMW sold more plug ins last month in the US than any other manufacturer besides Tesla. Bringing plug-in capability to its best selling 3 series platform is going to boost sales numbers even more significantly.The 5 series will just be icing on the cake when it comes to major sales numbers.

With 14,181 sales, BMW is in the fourth position.

“LAST MONTH” = Meaning December.


Lol! 19-22 miles AER, back in 2010…
No commitment at all toward a greener cleaner future, while +95% of all sales are adding to global warming, even those hybrids they greenwash their image with.


I agree too, but I think it’s just the nature of different batteries.

There’s energy dense cells which offer more range.
And there’s power dense cells which offer more oomph.

The latter lacks capacity compared to others, but when fitted into a small space and deliver plenty of power.

The former, is a bit like the Bolt’s cells. They’re entirely different from the Volt’s. If the new Bolt cells were arranged into a 16kWh pack, or 7kWh pack, it would release its energy pretty slowly.

Given that BMW can’t be seen making slouches, especially when they’re plug-ins – it would hurt their reputation, as well as ours for being supportive of plug-ins.

Still, while 15 miles of range is weak – given that in Europe at least, that saves a lot of money because the BMW 3 or 5 series is going to do the same thing as the i-MiEV or Citroen C1. Get though traffic to school and work and back.

15 miles is quite a long time in the city – so CO2 reductions should be significant.

Provided drivers actually charge their cars to get at least 30 EV miles a day.

that’s why all hybrids should be with wireless charging to charge whenever possible

Why, because people are lazier than sloths?

I’ve never met a sloth… but judging by the people I’ve met I can’t imagine sloths are lazier…

What percentage of the population drive no more than 22 miles per day in Europe and in the US? Quite a few, maybe the majority.

They already have longer range EVs for those who need or want them. The fact BMW is expanding its plug-in product line means a lot even if these aren’t cutting edge cars.

And the PHEV is the “Gateway drug” to EVs, once you drive one for a while you hate it when the engine starts and you want more range. Better now, and leads to even more improvement later.

Perhaps, but sorry, this only works when you can charge at home and at work.
For most people this is not the case.
Those cars are only fig-leaves for the governement, so they get CO2 reductions, so they can sell more gas gusseling SUVs.
To be working in Europe a car has to have at least an electric range of about 40 miles/65km. Then most people can do their daily commute full electric and charge it at home after they come back. Something like an Outlander PHEV can work. The PHEVs all German car makers present are just a sham…

Look, and it has one of those plug thingies too!