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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BMW PLUG-IN HYBRIDS WITH eDRIVE TECHNOLOGY.

Discover the sustainable world of BMW Plug-In Hybrids with eDrive Technology and an entirely new dimension of driving pleasure.

OVERVIEW AND DESIGN

What basic advantages does a plug-in hybrid offer compared to a conventional vehicle?

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What basic advantages does a plug-in hybrid offer compared to a conventional vehicle?

A plug-in hybrid offers low-emission mobility with functionality that is on the same level as a conventional vehicle. You particularly benefit from the silent driving and electric boosting. This means that during temporary increases in speed, such as during overtaking manoeuvres, the combustion engine is additionally supported by the electric motor ensuring even more dynamic driving.

One feature worthy of special mention is the option of individually controlling the stationary cooling in BMW Plug-In Hybrids with eDrive Technology via the BMW ConnectedDrive App, the ConnectedDrive web portal or directly inside the vehicle.

What is a plug-in hybrid?

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What is a plug-in hybrid?

A plug-in hybrid has a drive system comprising a powerful electric motor and an efficient combustion engine. This combination achieves a high overall performance for the vehicles, which is more environmentally friendly than conventional drive technologies.

Furthermore, plug-in hybrids can be recharged directly from the electricity mains, whether at home or at the public charging stations. This enables journeys to be made free of emissions on a large proportion of routes, particularly in urban areas.

What requirements and conditions have to be met for me to consider a plug-in hybrid?

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What requirements and conditions have to be met for me to consider a plug-in hybrid?

A crucial factor in making the decision is the availability of facilities for charging the vehicle at home. The BMW Plug-In Hybrids with eDrive Technology vehicles are easily rechargeable via the regular domestic socket or with your own BMW i Wallbox. Charging can also be done during driving via the combustion engine and the energy recuperation while coasting or braking, which ensures full hybrid system output available at all times.

Are the safety and driving sensation similar to conventionally powered BMW vehicles?

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Are the safety and driving sensation similar to conventionally powered BMW vehicles?

BMW Plug-In Hybrids with eDrive Technology are designed to very high technical standards, based on the same safe vehicle architecture as our conventional models. The safety of their high-voltage batteries has also been confirmed by independent institutes.

The high torque available from a standing start means that these vehicles display the spontaneity during power build-up that is typical of electric motors. As part of the boost function, this electric motor additionally provides very noticeable support for the combustion engine during acceleration and in dynamic short bursts. Moreover, BMW Plug-In Hybrids with eDrive Technology are silent and locally emission-free when travelling in electric mode.

Which different driving modes are available?

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Which different driving modes are available?

BMW Plug-In Hybrids with eDrive Technology do of course have the familiar driving modes of ECO PRO, Comfort and Sport for every driving situation and requirement. In addition to this, the following driving modes specific to these models are also available with the eDrive button:

  • AUTO eDrive: The system selects the most efficient drive method – purely electrical, combined or with combustion engine according to the situation.
  • MAX eDrive: Purely electric driving up to 120 km/h.
  • SAVE Battery: When the charge is below 50 per cent in SAVE Battery mode, the high-voltage battery is charged either through energy recuperation or by the internal-combustion engine, to the extent that the driving situation permits this. This mode maintains the high-voltage battery’s charge for use in all-electric mode in a later stage.

BATTERY AND RANGE

How far is the electric range?

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How far is the electric range?

BMW Plug-In Hybrids with eDrive Technology may be driven up to 30 km on electric power alone. However, the electric range is influenced by various factors, such as air-conditioning and heating demand, the general load on the on-board power system (e.g. navigation, radio, windscreen heating) as well as individual driving style.

When the high-voltage battery is discharged, purely electric driving is no longer possible, but it is still possible to continue driving normally thanks to the combustion engine. An intelligent energy management system means no damage can occur to the high-voltage battery at any time even it is displayed as completely “empty”.

Does the high-voltage battery restrict the luggage space?

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Does the high-voltage battery restrict the luggage space?

No. The BMW Plug-in Hybrids with eDrive Technology vehicles offer intelligent solutions to ensure optimum loading comfort. This includes offering a flat loading platform and the necessary depth for transporting bulky objects.

CHARGING AND CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE

How often can and must you recharge a BMW Plug-In Hybrid with eDrive Technology?

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How often can and must you recharge a BMW Plug-In Hybrid with eDrive Technology?

If possible, you should charge your BMW Plug-In Hybrid with eDrive Technology whenever the opportunity arises – be it at home or on the move. This means that you can always take advantage of the maximum possible electric range and thus minimise fuel consumption.

Do you need a different charging cable when abroad?

The standard charging cable contained in the vehicle has the household plug typical for its specific country. Your BMW dealer will offer you the opportunity to purchase a cable suitable for different socket types.

CONNECTIVITY

What form does the BMW ConnectedDrive offer for BMW Plug-In Hybrids with eDrive Technology take?

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What form does the BMW ConnectedDrive offer for BMW Plug-In Hybrids with eDrive Technology take?

The eDrive services are specially tailored to BMW Plug-In Hybrids with eDrive Technology and can be called up via an app or the navigation system. The BMW ConnectedDrive App contains the following functions:

  • Charge status display and charging timer setting
  • Remote operation of the climate control and timer setting
  • Statistics on your own driving conduct, tutorials on efficient driving and comparisons in the community
  • Display of the mileage, vehicle condition and service requirement

Which smartphone operating systems are supported?

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Which smartphone operating systems are supported?

Apple iOS and Android.