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

BMW 530e Saloon Plug-In Hybrid
Price: £55,075
Type of electric vehicle: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body type: Saloon
Battery size: 11.15 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 29 - 37 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 50 - 32g (CO2/km)

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 plug-in electric vehicle (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).

The conventional BMW 5 Series has been a best-seller with those company-car executives, keen on refinement and a premium-badge. However, with the addition of the plug-in hybrid variant, the BMW 5 Series has become even more attractive to company-car executives seeking financial savings, in particular, given the lower Benefit-in-Kind (BiK-12%) tax rate for lower emission plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. The BMW 530e Saloon plug-in hybrid has tailpipe emissions up to 50g (CO2/km), which is considerably lower compared to the conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) 5 Series (157g CO2/km). Of course, lower tailpipe emissions helps reduce local air pollution.

But the BMW 5 Series PHEV is not just for company-car drivers. Private owners seeking a larger and more luxurious saloon will also find the 530e plug-in electric car compelling. For a start, the electric vehicle (EV) offers a decent zero-tailpipe emission electric range via a 11.15 kWh onboard EV battery.

The automotive manufacturer claims a pure electric range up to 37 miles (WLTP). Of course, do keep in mind that the real-world EV range will be lower than the WLTP range, and assuming a 32 mile electric range is more realistic. However, 32 miles is ample e-range to take advantage of the lower cost of driving an electric car for shorter distances. The cost of driving on electric mode is usually between 5 pence and 10 pence per mile i.e. much cheaper than driving using the combustion petrol or diesel engine.

Depending on the 5 Series PHEV variant driven, the claimed fuel economy is up to 201.8 mpg. As is the case with electric range, the real-world fuel economy will depend on a number of factors to include, the usage level of the electric mode in the PHEV. Bottom-line, the higher the utilisation of the emission-free electric range, higher the fuel economy, lower the cost of motoring.

Also, the best way to enjoy the smoother and silent electric mode, is to make sure that the EV battery is ‘topped up’ on a regular basis. This also helps with the long-term health and maintenance of the EV battery. The EV has a 3.7 kW AC onboard charger, which is disappointing, given the price tag. A 7.4 kW onboard charger should have been incorporated as standard. Nevertheless, do take advantage of the faster and safer charging using a dedicated EV charger like Wallbox.

The BMW electric car can be fully charged in 2.5 hours. We at e-zoomed discourage the use of a domestic 3-PIN plug for EV charging. Using a domestic plug will take up to 4 hours to charge the EV. The PHEV does not offer fast DC charging compatibility.

The performance of the BMW 5 Series demonstrates its capability as a good all-rounder. The 5 Series hybrid pairs the BMW 80 kW eDrive (electric drive technology) with a 2.0-litre (four-cylinder) petrol engine. Top speed of the car on electric mode is 86 mph, sufficient for both urban and rural driving. For motorway driving, the EV can take advantage of the petrol engine propulsion (top speed: 155 mph). The EV is quick, despite the extra weight of the onboard EV battery, and can achieve 0-62 mph in 4.6 seconds (maximum power: 394 HP). The EV also benefits from instant torque.

The BMW 530e saloon plug-in electric car does not disappoint in terms of quality and luxury. In terms of practicality, without an iota of doubt, the EV offers much interior space and superior comfort in the cabin. The only significant change in the PHEV compared to the ICE variant, is the reduced boot space due to the placement of the onboard EV battery.

Even then, the electric car offers up to 410 L, which should be sufficient for most needs. The EV is technology-laden, to include a host of safety features: driving assistant professional, reversing assistant, BMW Laserlight, BMW digital key, BMW live cockpit professional and more.

The PHEV does not qualify for the UK government plug-in car grant (PiCG). Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet!


PROS CONS
Good exterior design, styling and high quality interiorSmall EV battery, onboard charger limited to 3.7 kW AC
Decent driving performance and cheap to run on electric modeHigher tailpipe emissions, compared to recent PHEVs
Decent practicality Not as efficient as some newer PHEVs

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


At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body 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 £55,075)
BMW 530e xDrive M Sport Saloon (from £57,075)
BMW 545e xDrive M Sport Saloon (from £63,285)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 11.15 kWh
Charging:DC charging not available. Onboard charger 3.7 kW AC (0% – 100%: 2.5 hrs)
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
Turning Circle (m):11.95
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: DC charging not available. Onboard charger 3.7 kW AC (0% – 100%: 2.5 hrs)
Top Speed:146 mph (electric mode: 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
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

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: DC charging not available. Onboard charger 3.7 kW AC (0% – 100%: 2.5 hrs)
Top Speed:142 mph (electric mode: 146 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
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

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: DC charging not available. Onboard charger 3.7 kW AC (0% – 100%: 2.5 hrs)
Top Speed:155 mph (electric mode: 146 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
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

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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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