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BMW launches wireless charging pilot for 530e PHEV leases in CA

BMW has announced it will begin offering wireless charging pads for new leases of its 530e plug-in hybrid in California. In order to qualify, a customer must purchase a thirty-six month lease on a 2019 model BMW 530e plug-in hybrid and be a residential homeowner with an enclosed garage space, according to Road Show. As part of the pilot program,…

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BMW to add automatic hybrid-to -EV feature in 2020

BMW’s lineup of plug-in hybrid models will be able to transition automatically from hybrid to electric vehicle mode when they cross into certain emissions free zones in 2020. The automaker will add a feature informed by geofencing technology that recognizes when the vehicle enters an emissions free zone, and will automatically switch the car to electric drive only mode. Car…

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BMW brings plug-in hybrid model to 3 Series

BMW will launch a plug-in hybrid version of its Series 3 Touring model. The hybrid features an ICE engine and an electric motor “integrated into the eight-speed Steptronic transmission,” for a total system output of 292 horsepower when XtraBoost mode is engaged. XtraBoost allows the vehicle’s horsepower to be increased by an additional 40hp “under particularly hard acceleration.” In other…

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BMW updates plug-in lineup, adds additional range

Starting in summer 2019, all BMW plug-in hybrids will feature a new, higher energy density battery set that will push the hybrids to even longer electric ranges. All new hybrids from BMW will also come equipped with “acoustic protection for pedestrians” through a new sound feature that was specifically designed to not compromise the quiet driving experience of the vehicles’…

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BMW to offer plug-in hybrid 4-Series

Car Scoops has reported that BMW will offer a plug-in hybrid version of its BMW 4-Series when the series launches in 2020. The vehicles are expected to “resemble the new 3-Series very closely,” but the 4-Series will also have a soft-top convertible option. Details on the plug-in hybrid model are scarce, but are expected in the coming months. Read more.

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Top Hybrid Hatchbacks for 2019

AutoCar has released a new ranking of the top ten hybrid hatchbacks available. Taking the top spot is the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid which received high marks for its combination of “usability, real-world economy and value.” In the number two spot is the Toyota Prius, a long-time leader amongst hybrid hatchbacks. The Mini Countryman Cooper S E All4 took the…

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BMW to add plug-in X3 in 2019

BMW will launch an X3 Plug-In Hybrid in 2019, according to a statement by the automaker’s CEO, Harald Kruger. The company will follow the X3 PHEV launch in 2019 with the launch of a plug-in X5 in 2020. For the former, BMW will likely employ the same powertrain as in the 330e iPerformance Vehicle—a 2L engine in combination with an…

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BMW moving away from diesel

BMW has announced it will drop its diesel offerings stateside beginning with its 2019 model year and will shift its focus to plug-in hybrids. The automaker has five PHEVs on offer, and will augment its electrified lineup over the next few years. A BMW spokesman went as far as to say, “we’re putting all our eggs in the PHEV basket.”…

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BMW’s next X5 PHEV to have more power, range

BMW is upgrading its X5 xDrive40e model with additional range generated by even more power. Inside EVs reports that the new model will likely have a higher capacity battery pushing the all-electric range to 30 miles. The upgraded battery will work in combination with a new two liter engine generating a total system output of 390hp and greater than 500Nm…

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Wireless charging coming to the US courtesy of BMW

BMW is set to release its wireless charging option for its 530e PHEV. Production of the charging pad begins in July, with rolling release to Germany, the UK, and then the US, followed by Asia. The charging pad will charge the 530e’s battery in 3.5 hours with an efficiency rate of 85%, according to Green Car Congress. The charging pad,…

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