BMW

Monthly sales of BMW’s electrified vehicles top 10,000 for first time

BMW Group sales of electrified vehicles in September topped the 10,000 mark for the first time in a single month; a total of 10,786 (+50.5%) BMW i, BMW iPerformance and MINI Electric vehicles were delivered in September, bringing the year-to-date total to 68,687 (+64.2%). Sales of BMW Group electrified vehicles in the first three quarters of 2017 have exceeded those…

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BMW brings wireless charging to electric and plug-in hybrid cars

BMW drivers will soon by able to charge plug-in hybrid and electric cars — wirelessly — using a giant charging pad that sits on the garage floor. BMW says the charging pad, which will be introduced next year, can refill the battery of BMW’s 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid in 3.5 hours. Drivers are guided into place with lines on the…

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BMW offers wireless charging on 530e

BMW has announced that it will offer an optional wireless charging system for the 2018 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid. The wireless system will be able to charge the 9.2 kWh battery in three hours. Here’s how the system works: There is a base plate with an integrated primary coil, and a secondary coil underneath vehicle. An alternating magnetic field is generated between the…

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BMW, Toyota partnership produces new Z4 plug-in hybrid

The partnership between BMW and Toyota will produce two dynamic new sports cars, including hybrid versions of the BWM Z4 roadster and the iconic Toyota Supra. Auto World News reports that both cars will ride on a brand new chassis that will use lightweight materials such as carbon fiber and aluminum. The chassis will allow each brand to design completely…

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BMW 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid will be introduced at Detroit auto show

BMW will introduce the new BMW 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid at the North American International Auto Show in January in Detroit. GreenCarCongress reports that the BMW 530e iPerformance offers the full breadth of BMW 5 Series Advanced Driver Assistance systems and the latest technology introduced with the new 5 Series, combined with eDrive plug-in hybrid powertrain technology. Read more.

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15 hybrids that don’t sacrifice cargo and passenger space

Motor Trend recently highlighted its picks for 15 hybrids that offer the best of both worlds —  impressive fuel economy and plenty of space for friends, family, and all of your gear. Here is the list of the new generation of hybrids that don’t sacrifice interior space to house powertrain components: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Toyota Prius Audi A3 e-Tron Subaru Crosstrek…

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“Floodgates opening…” with a dozen new plug-in hybrids arriving in 2016

HybridCars.com reports that a dozen new plug-in hybrids will be introduced this year, doubling the number of PHEVs currently for sale in the United States. The article describes the wave of new plug-in hybrids as “tantamount to a floodgate opening…” The new plug-in hybrids include: Audi A3 e-tron Sportback BMW 330e, BMW 740e Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Mercedes-Benz C350e, E350e, GLC 350e 4MATIC, GLE…

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