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A plug-in hybrid is propelled by both an electric motor and a combustion engine, thus combining the best of both worlds. In this way, the combustion engine can be employed on motorways and the electric motor can take over in built-up areas. It ensures that both technologies are used to maximum efficiency. As is the case with an electric car, the battery can be supplied with power and charged from a socket. The interplay of the BMW eDrive propulsion concept also inspires with its impressive dynamics. Thanks to its combination of electric motor, lithium-ion high-performance battery and intelligent energy management it provides an inspiringly agile driving experience and breath-taking acceleration. When driven purely electrically, it is completely free of local emissions. Find out more about the BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles and take a look ahead at tomorrow’s future-oriented projects.

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  • What is a plug-in hybrid car (PHEV)?

    A plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) has a combustion engine and an electric motor. Both are able to propel the vehicle independently. A plug-in hybrid obtains its energy firstly by charging the battery from a socket or at a charging station. Secondly through recuperation. The hybrid drive automatically employs the optimum drive system in every motoring situation. For instance, the vehicle may be travelling purely electrically on certain routes or can – such as when overtaking for example – call on additional power dynamically.

  • How does a plug-in hybrid work?

    Hybrid vehicles combine a conventional petrol engine with an electric drive. Intelligent interplay between the two enables a remarkable saving in fuel to be achieved, significantly lowers exhaust emissions and provides an exceptional driving sensation. On journeys up to approx. 50 km/h, the hybrid generally runs purely electrically provided it makes sense, such as in urban areas for example. For maximum efficiency in different driving situations, such as fast journeys or rapid acceleration, it uses the combined power of electric motor and combustion engine.

  • What is the (electric) range of a plug-in hybrid car?

    The electric range of a plug-in hybrid car depends on the size of the battery. In the case of BMW, the maximum electric range is between 40 and 95 kilometres, depending on the model. The electric range depends on various factors, in particular: personal driving style, track conditions, outside temperature, heating/air conditioning and pre-heating. The overall range through the combination with the combustion engine is of course significantly higher.

  • Is the “E registration plate” available for plug-in hybrid cars?

    Cars known as plug-in hybrids, i.e. hybrid vehicles with an external charging connection, can obtain the E registration plate. The condition for this is that they should either emit a maximum of 50 grams of CO2 per kilometre or be able to cover a distance of at least 40 kilometres in purely electric driving mode. This applies to all BMW plug-in hybrids.

  • Can a plug-in hybrid also be charged without a socket?

    Yes, it can. You can also charge a plug-in hybrid from a charging station or a Wallbox. However, the different charging stations do need different cables or types of plug. For conventional sockets, the standard charging cable is included in the supply schedule. The BMW Wallbox is equipped with its own cable. For public charging stations, you need what is known as a “public AC charging cable” with the “Type 2” plug on both ends. Currently, though, there is one exception for high-power charging (HPC) stations, at present these stations are only compatible with what are known as CCS plugs, which may, however, apply to plug-in hybrids in the future. In addition, a plug-in hybrid can also obtain part of its charge via recuperation.  

  • Can the plug-in hybrid be charged during the journey?

    Yes, it can. The plug-in hybrid can regain part of its energy when braking (recuperation).

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The electrified future of the brand BMW M starts now – with the BMW Vision M Next. This visionary plug-in hybrid is proof that digital intelligence makes the self-determined driving experience even purer and more emotional. Its exterior underlines this aspiration with sports car proportions while the interior consistently places the driver at the centre of attention. And the driving experience itself is just as impressive as the external appearance: the Power-PHEV drive of the BMW Vision M NEXT provides the options of carrying out the journey with electric all-wheel drive or in puristic style with rear-wheel drive. Even more power is available at the touch of a button with the so-called BOOST+ mode. The range in purely electric driving mode extends up to 100 km – in most cases this is sufficient to cover a large proportion of journeys purely electrically. Consequently, the BMW Vision M NEXT is also a future-proof sports car for inner cities with potential zero-emissions zones and adds a new dimension to sporty driving pleasure.


Discover the services and apps of BMW ConnectedDrive.

  • Charging services

    With the charging services from BMW you can relax. You can check the likelihood of your desired charging station being available. In addition, you will be offered opportunities in the vicinity of the charging stations to make waiting more pleasant.

  • Remote Services for eDrive

    Do you have enough charge for a journey into town and are there any charging points there? With eDrive Remote Services, conveniently find the answers to such questions using the BMW Connected app on your smartphone. You can also control the temperature, lock your car or activate the headlight flash from a distance, to find it in a parking lot for example.

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BMW 745e Sedan: Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 2.2-2.1 CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 51-48 Electric consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 15.5-15.1


BMW X5 xDrive45e: Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 2.0-1.7 CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 47-39 Electric consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 23.5-21.5


BMW i8 Coupé: Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 1.8 CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 42 Electric consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 14.0


BMW i8 Roadster: Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 2.0 CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 46 Electric consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 14.5


*The published fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures are established according to legislated technical specifications (UNECE Regulation 101/UN Regulation 83 and SANS 20101 standards), which sets out the procedures that are used to measure the CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. The claimed figures are established using specific tests under standardised, carefully controlled conditions and may differ from consumption achieved under real world conditions with the influences of altitude, road surface, geographic conditions, vehicle options, temperature, humidity, tyres size and driving behaviour amongst others. EU Unladen mass refers to a vehicle with standard equipment, with 90% fuel tank fill, including a driver (68 kg) and luggage (7 kg). Optional extras and accessories will generally increase this figure and as a result affect some of the technical figures, in specific fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Please contact your preferred authorised BMW dealer or BMW South Africa (Pty) Ltd. for information on vehicles that are available for sale, and the various specifications and options of vehicles that are available.

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