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 X5 SUV PHEV
The BMW X5 luxury SUV has been on sale since 1998. The SUV is manufactured in a number of global locations to include the United States of America and Mexico. The BMW X5 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 22.29 kWh EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of 54 miles. Depending on driving style, model variant, weather condition and the services used in the EV, expect a real world range closer to 48 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 X5 xDrive45e M Sport (from £69,915)|
|Good electric range for a PHEV. Above average EV battery size for PHEV||On-board charger limited to 3.7 kW|
|Efficient engines and reduced tailpipe emissions||Cheaper alternatives available in the market|
|High quality interiors and good boot space||Exterior styling not as progressive as recent competitor models|
|EV Battery & Emissions|
|EV Battery Type:||Lithium-ion|
|EV Battery Capacity:||Available in one battery size (22.29 kWh)|
|Charging:||On-board charger 3.7 kW AC|
|Charge Port:||Type 2|
|EV Cable Type:||Type 2|
|Tailpipe Emissions:||31-27g (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):||500|
|BMW X5 xDrive45e M Sport|
|EV Battery Capacity:||22.29 kWh|
|Pure Electric Range (WLTP):||50 – 54 miles|
|Electric Energy Consumption (miles/kWh):||2.4 – 2.6|
|Fuel Consumption (MPG):||201.8 – 235.4|
|Charging:||On-board charger 3.7 kW AC|
|Top Speed:||146 mph (electric: 83 mph)|
|0-62 mph:||5.6 seconds|
|Drive:||All-wheel drive (AWD)|
|Electric Motor (kW):||83|
|Max Power (hp):||394|
|Unladen Weight-EU (kg):||2,510|
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