BMW 530e Saloon Plug-In Hybrid: The Complete Guide

BMW 530e Saloon Plug-In Hybrid

Overview


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):

For those keen to learn more about the BMW portfolio of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), follow this link.



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The BMW 530e Saloon PHEV


The BMW 5 Series is currently on its seventh generation, to include the BMW 530e PHEV. The BMW 5 Series has been manufactured since 1972. The BMW PHEV is available both as a rear-wheel drive (RWD) and 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 37 miles. Depending on driving style, weather condition and the services used in the EV, expect a real world range closer to 32 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.

The BMW 530e Saloon Plug-In Hybrid (credit: BMW)

At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:Saloon
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Petrol-Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (3 Options)
BMW 530e M Sport Saloon (from £52,325)
BMW 530e xDrive M Sport Saloon (from £54,325)
BMW 545e xDrive M Sport Saloon (from £60,260)

PROSCONS
Good exterior design and stylingSmall EV battery and limited electric range
High quality interiorCheaper PHEV alternatives available
Cheap to run on electric modeDoes not qualify for the PiCG grant

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size (11.15 kWh)
Charging:On-board charger 3.7 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:50-32g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh£1.27
Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh£1.67
Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh£1.73
Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh£1.89
Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh£2.03
  • 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)

Dimensions
Height (mm):1483
Width (mm):1868
Length (mm):4963
Wheelbase (mm):2975
Boot capacity (L):410

BMW 530e M Sport Saloon
EV Battery Capacity:11.15 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):32-37 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (miles/kWh):3.4-3.7
Fuel Consumption (MPG):201.8
Charging:On-board charger 3.7 kW AC
Top Speed:146 mph
0-62 mph:5.9 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):80
Max Power (hp):292
Torque (Nm):300
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:4
Unladen Weight-EU (kg):1,910
Colours:10

BMW 530e xDrive M Sport Saloon
EV Battery Capacity:11.15 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):29-33 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (miles/kWh):3.2-3.5
Fuel Consumption (MPG):166.2
Charging:On-board charger 3.7 kW AC
Top Speed:142 mph
0-62 mph:5.9 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):80
Max Power (hp):292
Torque (Nm):300
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:4
Unladen Weight-EU (kg):1,970
Colours:10

BMW 545e xDrive M Sport Saloon
EV Battery Capacity:11.15 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):29-33 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (miles/kWh):3.3-3.5
Fuel Consumption (MPG):156.9
Charging:On-board charger 3.7 kW AC
Top Speed:155 mph
0-62 mph:4.6 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):80
Max Power (hp):394
Torque (Nm):450
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:4
Unladen Weight-EU (kg):2,020
Colours:10

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Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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