BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke AG), is a leading global automotive manufacturer headquartered in Munich, Germany. BMW is well known for its portfolio of luxury vehicles, to include the famed Rolls-Royce luxury cars. The group manufacturers a number of cars under its BMW brand, to include battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). The company currently has the following portfolio of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs):
The BMW 3 Series is currently on its sixth generation. The BMW 330e saloon PHEV is available as a rear-wheel drive (RWD) and also as an all-wheel drive (AWD). PHEVs are appropriate for individuals and families:
Keen to take a step towards lower emission and environment-friendly driving.
Need a vehicle for extensive and regular long-distance travelling.
Have limited access to private or public EV charging stations.
Do a number of short commutes (30 miles and below) on a regular basis.
Keen to save money.
It is a widely known fact, in that, the average distance of a trip in the UK is a mere 12 miles. An average vehicle in the UK will travel between 8k and 10k miles per annum i.e. less than 30 miles per day. The newest eco-friendly PHEVs on the market will average between 20 to 30 zero-emission electric miles on a fully-charged EV battery. In most plug-in electric cars the EV battery will be below 15 kWh in capacity.
The BMW PHEV has a 11.15 kWh EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of 36 miles. Depending on driving style, weather condition and the services used in the EV, expect a real world range closer to 31 miles. However, that would be more than sufficient for most daily commutes using the EV battery i.e. driving emission-free and also saving money (the running cost per mile of an EV is far lower than a petrol or diesel car). Depending on the cost of electricity, the cost per mile for driving on electric can be as low as 3 pence per mile. Bottom-line driving on electric miles is both cost efficient and eco-friendly!
The BMW plug-in hybrid is practical and family-friendly, with amply space for short and long commutes. The electric vehicle (EV) is cheap to run on the zero-emission electric mode.
At A Glance
Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):
Available In UK:
Variants (4 Options)
BMW 330e M Sport Saloon (from £42,545)
BMW 330e xDrive M Sport Saloon (from £44,095)
BMW 330e M Sport Pro Edition Saloon (from £47,045)
BMW 330e xDrive M Sport Pro Edition Saloon (from £48,595)
High quality interior and specifications
Small EV battery and limited electric range
Cheap to run on electric mode
All-wheel drive not standard for all variants
EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:
EV Battery Capacity:
Available in one battery size (11.15 kWh)
On-board charger 3.7 kW AC
EV Cable Type:
8 years or 100,000 miles
Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh
Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh
Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh
Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh
Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh
Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.
Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):
6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):
3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):
0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
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