At the upcoming International Motor Show in Frankfurt, BMW will have four new plug-in hybrid models on display. All are based on the company’s eDrive technology, initially developed for the i3 and i8.
The modular structure of the eDrive system is designed to make it easier to add an electrified powertrain to different vehicle models. BMW has said it plans to introduce a plug-in option in every one of its product segments.
The new front-wheel-drive 225xe, due to go on sale in spring 2016, features a 65 kW motor, a 100 kW (136 hp) three-cylinder engine and a 7.7 kWh Li-ion battery pack. Electric range is 41 kilometers (25 miles).
BMW’s best-selling line, the 3 Series, is represented by the plug-in hybrid 330e.
A 65 kW electric motor and a four-cylinder 135 kW (184 hp) gas engine power the rear wheels via an eight-speed Steptronic transmission. The 7.6 kWh battery pack enables an electric range of around 40 kilometers (25 miles).
BMW’s paramount plug-in is the 740e, a variant of the new generation 7 Series luxury sedan. It also boasts an electric range of around 40 kilometers (25 miles).
Also on display in Frankfurt will be BMW’s entry in the growing category of PSUVs – the X5 xDrive40e.