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 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 34 miles. Depending on driving style, weather condition and the services used in the EV, expect a real world range closer to 28 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 (2 Options)
BMW 530e M Sport Touring (from £54,575)
BMW 530e xDrive M Sport Touring (from £56,575)
Good exterior design and styling
Small EV battery and limited electric range
One of the better infotainment systems
Cheaper PHEV estate alternatives available
Cheap to run on electric mode
Does not qualify for the PiCG grant
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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