BMW is surely the most charged of the European automakers. Its i3 city car is a native EV that’s earned much admiration for its many innovations. Meanwhile, well-bucked aficionados are buying the i8 super-PHEV as quickly as it rolls off the lines, and the X5 plug-in SUV just made its debut appearance in Shanghai.
BMW has said it plans to introduce a plug-in model in every one of its product segments, so it’s high time for the company to electrify its best-selling line, the 3 Series. Last week, BMW announced plans to launch the BMW 330e plug-in hybrid in 2016, and released about a paragraph’s worth of tantalizing specs.
The 330e will be powered by a plug-in hybrid drive system with a combined output of around 250 hp (186 kW) and 310 lb-ft (420 N·m) of torque. Preliminary specs indicate 0-60 acceleration of 6.1 seconds, a top speed of 140 mph, and 22 miles of electric range.