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):
- BMW 225xe Active Tourer PHEV
- BMW 330e Saloon PHEV
- BMW 330e Touring PHEV
- BMW 530e Saloon PHEV
- BMW 530e Touring PHEV
- BMW 745e PHEV
- BMW X1 xDrive25e PHEV
- BMW X2 xDrive25e PHEV
- BMW X3 xDrive30e PHEV
- BMW X5 xDrive45e PHEV
For those keen to learn more about the BMW portfolio of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), follow this link.
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The BMW X3 SUV PHEV
The BMW X3 compact luxury SUV has been on sale since 2003. It is currently in its third generation. The SUV is manufactured in South Africa. The BMW X3 PHEV is available as an all-wheel drive (AWD) as standard. 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 30 miles. Depending on driving style, model variant, weather condition and the services used in the EV, expect a real world range closer to 25 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|
|EV Type:||Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)|
|Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):||Not Available|
|Available In UK:||Yes|
|Variants (1 Option)|
|BMW X3 xDrive30e xLine (from £50,600)|
|Good looking exterior styling||Small EV battery and limited electric range|
|A comfortable ride||Cheaper alternatives available in the market|
|High quality interiors||On-board charger limited to 3.7 kW|
|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:||48-45g (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)|
- Note 1: SoC: state of charge
|Boot capacity (L):||450|
|BMW X3 xDrive30e xLine|
|EV Battery Capacity:||11.15 kWh|
|Pure Electric Range (WLTP):||29 – 30 miles|
|Electric Energy Consumption (miles/kWh):||3.2 – 3.3|
|Fuel Consumption (MPG):||134.5|
|Charging:||On-board charger 3.7 kW AC|
|Top Speed:||130 mph (electric: 83 mph)|
|0-62 mph:||6.1 seconds|
|Drive:||All-wheel drive (AWD)|
|Electric Motor (kW):||80|
|Max Power (hp):||292|
|Unladen Weight-EU (kg):||2,065|
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