BMW 3-series plug-in prototype (Expected in 2016)

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A plug-in#vauxhall #ampera #electricVehicle #review - Finally had a Test Drive of this "legendary" #ev. My Thoughts on it.... Read more ... » hybrid#ElectricCar efficiency / upgrades: Potential EV and Hybrid Battery Breakthroughs. Read more ... » BMWBMW i3, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, win in Next Green Car awards. Read more ... » 3Audi joins hybrid SUV party with Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro. Read more ... »-series has been on the drawing board for some timeSilverstone Fleet Show 2014: Tesla signs up to Show. Read more ... » but since the companyFord Wants To Develop Its Own Battery Chemistries For Hybrids, Electric Cars, But Why?. Read more ... »’s powertrain engineers have had their hands really rather full with the likes of the i3 andi8 they can be forgiven for a delay in plugPlugin Hybrids #EV electric range: V60 30miles vs Prius plugin 12miles vs DS5 6 miles. #green #electricCar. Read more ... »-in BMWs becoming reality.

Now set to reach the marketBMW i3, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, win in Next Green Car awards. Read more ... » in 2016 under the likely badge of a BMW 3-series eDrive, tested here is a relatively far-down-the-line prototype. We drove it at BMW’s Miramas proving ground in France.

BMW 3 series PHEV Plugin Hybrid Prototype. Production expected in 2016. Via www.evmeerkat.com

BMW 3 series PHEV Plugin Hybrid Prototype. Production expected in 2016. Via www.evmeerkat.com

BMW 3 series PHEV Plugin Hybrid Prototype. Production expected in 2016. Via www.evmeerkat.com

BMW 3 series PHEV Plugin Hybrid Prototype. Production expected in 2016. Via www.evmeerkat.com

BMW 3 series PHEV Plugin Hybrid Prototype. Production expected in 2016. Via www.evmeerkat.com

What’s powering the BMW 3-series hybrid?

The conventional engineTesla Model X is Finally Here: Safest, Smartest and "Life Expectancy Extending" comes with "Bioweapon protection" mode. Read more ... » bit is a familiar four-cylinder turbocharged petrolRepost: 'I've saved £2,000 in less than a year with my electric car:' Is it worth ditching the petrol pump for a plug socket?. Read more ... » unit (diesels don’t feature in BMW’s plug-in plans for now) with around 180bhp, sending its powerUsing Solar Roofs To Power Hybrids (and electrics!). Read more ... » rearward via an eight-speedUSA: Now, electric cars that touch 0 to 60 mph faster than petrol-powered ones!. Read more ... » automatic gearbox. In line with the latter is an electricRepost: 'I've saved £2,000 in less than a year with my electric car:' Is it worth ditching the petrol pump for a plug socket?. Read more ... » motor generating a little over 95bhp and 184lb ft.

Under the 3-series’ bootCitroen electric DS3 - Coming soon 2013/14. Read more ... » floor is a lithium-iona Day at BetterPlace Visitor Centre. Read more ... » batteryRenault drops lease price for electric Zoe in UK to mere £189/mth. Read more ... » pack and a refrigeration pack to keep it cool, packaged well enough to avoid losing usable boot space. The various pieces of the drivetrain puzzle talk to each other via power electronics derived from the i3BMW i3 bigger battery spec, same physical size. 50% increase. Read more ... » and i8Hip to be hybrid: BMW i8 supercar sells out. Read more ... » projects’.

Pre-chargeRepost: 'I've saved £2,000 in less than a year with my electric car:' Is it worth ditching the petrol pump for a plug socket?. Read more ... » the battery through the socket in the leftAftermarket: Tesla Model S to get wireless charging from April. Read more ... » front wing and the zero-emissionsUSA: Now, electric cars that touch 0 to 60 mph faster than petrol-powered ones!. Read more ... » electric rangeBMW i3 bigger battery spec, same physical size. 50% increase. Read more ... » in an eDrive BMW is approximately 22New electric cars coming for 2018 onwards. Read more ... » milesAC & DC: Zoe and Leaf: 8 people London to Cotswold’s #evRoadTrip @OldSwanMinsterMill and LegoLand Windsor. Read more ... ». This is important, says the carRepost: 'I've saved £2,000 in less than a year with my electric car:' Is it worth ditching the petrol pump for a plug socket?. Read more ... »’s project director Helmuth Wiesler, as ‘most of our customers don’t driveLEAF #ev #electricCar Test Drive user experience and Personal Review. Read more ... » more than 30km (18Plugins Electric Range: 15miles for 2013 #Prius and #Ampera, vs 30+ miles for #Volt and #V60 #Hybrid #Volvo.. Read more ... ».6My future "next car" :Plug-In Hybrid Model(s) To Join Next Audi A4 Range. Read more ... » miles) a day with their vehiclesFord Wants To Develop Its Own Battery Chemistries For Hybrids, Electric Cars, But Why?. Read more ... ».’

To increase the electric rangeShould you sit and wait for all electric "prestige premium" of #BMW i3? Or get on with it, and grab a #LEAF?. Read more ... » would mean more weight and more costRepost: 'I've saved £2,000 in less than a year with my electric car:' Is it worth ditching the petrol pump for a plug socket?. Read more ... », he says, and ‘more than 80% of our customers wouldn’t useRepost: 'I've saved £2,000 in less than a year with my electric car:' Is it worth ditching the petrol pump for a plug socket?. Read more ... » the extra range.’ In theory, then, most owners could run the car for weeks without waking the combustion engine.

Why the camouflage on the 3-series eDrive?

By the time the plug-in lands, the current F30-generation 3-series will have been through a mid-lifeHello Electric Car: Event Introduces Area Drivers to Electric Vehicles. Read more ... » faceliftElectric: BMW says next electric i car in “final stages”. Read more ... », with a spot of cosmetic surgery front and rear. Hence the swirly stickers, although with X-ray specs donned they appear to be there to underline the fact that this particular car is a future modelBMW i3 bigger battery spec, same physical size. 50% increase. Read more ... » rather than to mask any secret newNissan Leaf 2015 expected Tech Upgrades. Read more ... » styling.

The only visual clue in the interior that this is a part-electric 3-series (apart from the laptop-clutching engineer in our testVauxhall Ampera #EV Hybrid (range extender) EV average ~ 158mpg in town. Read more ... » car’s passenger seat) is the ‘eDrive’ switchWishes answered: 4X4 and its a PlugIn Hybrid with 44g Co2/KM . Read more ... » next to the gearlever.

BMW 3-series plug-in driving modes explained

Pay attention 007. Like most plug-ins, there’s a collection of drivingUsing Solar Roofs To Power Hybrids (and electrics!). Read more ... » modes to get to grips with in the new 2016 hybrid 3-series.

Default setting is ‘AutoSilverstone Fleet Show 2014: Tesla signs up to Show. Read more ... » eDrive’, whereby it’ll stick to electric power until the car reaches 50mph, or you give the throttle pedal a healthy prod, at which pointRepost: 'I've saved £2,000 in less than a year with my electric car:' Is it worth ditching the petrol pump for a plug socket?. Read more ... » the engine chimes in.

Poking the eDrive button activates ‘MaxNew: BMW 3-series plug-in hybrid. Read more ... » eDrive’ modeTesla Model X is Finally Here: Safest, Smartest and "Life Expectancy Extending" comes with "Bioweapon protection" mode. Read more ... », where the engine won’t butt in for up to an hourUSA: Now, electric cars that touch 0 to 60 mph faster than petrol-powered ones!. Read more ... », or until 75mph is reached. If you need an extra turn of speed, when filtering onto a slip road for example, pushing the throttle past the kickdown stop brings the engine back into play smartly.

Double-press the same switch for Battery Save mode, preventing the battery from dropping below 50Electric car promised for 2014 that can do 1,000 miles on single charge. Read more ... »% charge (or if it’s below that level, topping it back up) and ensuring a minimum of four to 12...Some Secrets We Think We Know About Tesla's Model 3. Read more ... » miles of electric-only driving. Worth a press if you know you’re on the way to an urban area@UKTesco there are about a dozen #EV and #plugin #hybrids in the surrounding area. #electric #charging is much dough after... So Q is: When?. Read more ... » and wantUsing Solar Roofs To Power Hybrids (and electrics!). Read more ... » to make the most of the electric motorYes! Electric response expected for Renault ZOE. Spring 2013. Read more ... » when you get there.

Naturally there’s also a Sport mode, at which point the motor uses its instant torque delivery to give the engine a leg up.

Like the Mercedes S-class plug-in we’ve also sampled recently, the drivetrain can talk to the sat-nav so if a hilly route’s programmed, it’ll use as much of the batteriesFrequently Asked Questions about Electric Vehicles . Read more ... »’ energy as possible on uphill sections because it knows they can be recharged on the way down.

What’s it like to drive?

Smooth. In electric mode the power delivery is quite heavily damped (if anything it wouldn’t suffer from being a bit more abrupt for a smarter take-off) and when the engine cuts in it does so without much of a jolt.

Even so, that’s somethingAC & DC: Zoe and Leaf: 8 people London to Cotswold’s #evRoadTrip @OldSwanMinsterMill and LegoLand Windsor. Read more ... » that can still be improved, electric powertrainBest of British: UK company makes electric car range breakthrough. Read more ... » engineer Stefan Prasser tells usShould you sit and wait for all electric "prestige premium" of #BMW i3? Or get on with it, and grab a #LEAF?. Read more ... » from the passenger seat, ‘but that’s softwareEvery new Model S is now Autopilot enabled. Read more ... », that’s calibration.’ More effective energy regeneration under deceleration is also on the to-do list before the car’s launchFord Wants To Develop Its Own Battery Chemistries For Hybrids, Electric Cars, But Why?. Read more ... » in 2016, he says. No matter how many Post-its are on his desk, the prototype we drove felt well-resolved.

Best news2012 Ford Focus Electric Review . Read more ... » is that it still drives like a 3-series. Weight distributionElon Musk's announcement on Model D. AWD, 0-62 IN 3.2S! Autonomous driving.. Read more ... » remains near 50:50 (48Electric car for under £13,000: Renault #Zoe #EV option in 2013. Read more ... »% front, 52Ford Wants To Develop Its Own Battery Chemistries For Hybrids, Electric Cars, But Why?. Read more ... »% rear – similar to a 3-series Touring estate), so it has the same nicely balanced handlingAudi A3 Sportback e-tron review (2014 release date) 32EV mile range. Read more ... ». When it’s mustering the last drop of energy from the powertrain in Sport mode it makes quick progress around the Miramas handling course. It doesn’t feel standout rapid98% of England's motorway network' within 20 miles of electric car . Read more ... » by any means, but it’s quick enough.

Verdict

When the BMW 3-series eDrive does arrive, we’re told it won’t be subject to a priceUSA: GM working on 200-mile electric car, exec says. Read more ... » premiumShould you sit and wait for all electric "prestige premium" of #BMW i3? Or get on with it, and grab a #LEAF?. Read more ... » over the rest of the model range. Adjusted for equipment, it’s planned to be priced at a similar level to the 328i, which at the moment starts below £30k.

With that in mind, and given that the regular car’s handling and practicality have survived intact, it seems the BMW 3-series plug-in has plenty to bring to the party. Never mind that it’ll show up a little late.

There are more plug-in hybrid BMWs on the way – read Georg Kacher’s news of the 2 Series Active Tourer plug-in here.

Specs

Price when new: £0Mercedes S500 Plug-in Hybrid due in 2015 (20 Miles Max EV Range). Read more ... »
On sale in the UKRenault drops lease price for electric Zoe in UK to mere £189/mth. Read more ... »: 2016
Engine: 1995cc 16v 4Electric Car and Plug-in Hybrid. Read more ... »-cyl, approx 180bhp, 236lb ft and electric motor (approx 95bhp, 184lb ft), combined output approx. 245bhp, 295lb ft+
Transmission: eight-speed auto, rear-wheel drive
PerformanceElectric car promised for 2014 that can do 1,000 miles on single charge. Read more ... »: 6sec 0-62mph (est), 155mph, 135mpg (est), 50g/km CO2 (est)
Weight / material:
Dimensions (length/width#ElectricCar efficiency / upgrades: Potential EV and Hybrid Battery Breakthroughs. Read more ... »/height in mm): 4624/1811/1429

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