BMW at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show: Efficient Dynamics Takes 4 Steps Forward

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The introduction of BMW eDrive technology in BMW brand models opens up all-electric motoring with zero local emissions to new target groups. Coinciding with the world premiere of the new BMW 7 Series, the plug-in hybrid variant of the luxury sedan, the BMW 740e, is also being unveiled. The BMW 330e with plug-in hybrid drive is being added to the model line-up for the new BMW 3 Series. And it will also be possible to sample the pleasure of all-electric driving with zero local emissions in the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer in future – with the BMW 225xe. This means that, together with the soon-to-be-launched BMW X5 xDrive40e also on display at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the BMW eDrive technology initially developed for BMW i cars will already be available for BMW models spanning four different vehicle segments in 2016.

The New BMW 7 Series: Automotive luxury of the highest order

The new BMW 7 Series underlines its claim to redefine what an exclusive, luxurious driving experience looks like in contemporary, pioneering form with an exceptional array of innovations. Key factors in enhancing dynamics, efficiency, comfort and safety while on the move are the use of carbon-fibre- reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the body structure, engines from the

BMW Group’s new generation of power units, the plug-in hybrid system in the new BMW 740e, the Executive Drive Pro active chassis system, the Driving Experience Control switch with ADAPTIVE mode, and BMW Laserlight. Maximising well-being in the interior, meanwhile, are the Executive Lounge feature with massage function, the illuminated Sky Lounge Panorama glass roof, just the right amount of accent lighting and a smartphone holder with inductive charging station.

The new generation of the BMW 7 Series also boasts standout innovations when it comes to operating system and driver assistance technology. The various new features that are unprecedented in the luxury sedan segment include, for example, the extension of the iDrive system to include a touch display and BMW gesture control, Touch Command for controlling comfort and infotainment functions in the rear compartment, as well as a Remote Control Parking system. In addition to all this, BMW is also presenting the latest generation of the BMW Head-Up Display, Crossing traffic warning, the Steering and lane control assistant, active side collision protection and the Surround View system with 3D View and Panorama View in its new flagship model.

The introduction of BMW eDrive technology paves the way for outstanding efficiency and a particularly intense hybrid driving experience in the luxury sedan segment as well. In 2016, the BMW 740e will be joining the new BMW 7 Series range, along with two further model variants of the luxury sedan with plug-in hybrid drive: the long-wheelbase BMW 740Le and the BMW 740Le xDrive, which additionally comes equipped with intelligent all- wheel drive.

The drive system is composed of a 2.0-litre petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a permanently excited synchronous electric motor integrated in the eight-speed Steptronic transmission. The internal combustion engine from the BMW Group’s latest generation of power units produces a maximum output of 190 kW/258 hp together with a peak torque of 400 Newton metres (295 lb-ft). The electric motor generates 83 kW/113 hp and delivers its maximum torque of 250 Newton meters (184 lb-ft) from stationary.

The intelligently controlled interaction between engine and electric motor helps to give the plug-in hybrid models in the new BMW 7 Series line-up terrific acceleration and bring about a substantial reduction in fuel consumption and emissions in everyday driving. The dash from standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) is completed by the BMW 740e in 5.6 seconds, the BMW 740Le in 5.7 and the BMW 740Le xDrive in 5.5. Despite a total system output of 240 kW/326 hp and a combined maximum torque of 500 Newton metres (369 lb-ft), the BMW 740e and BMW 740Le versions of the luxury sedan achieve a combined fuel consumption figure of 2.1 litres per

100 kilometres / 134.5 mpg imp (BMW 740Le xDrive: 2.3 liters /123 mpg imp). Combined CO2 emissions are 49 grams (BMW 740Le xDrive: 53 grams) per kilometre (provisional figures based on EU test cycle).

The energy for the electric motor comes from a high-voltage lithium-ion battery located underneath the rear seat. When MAX eDRIVE mode is engaged, the BMW 740e is capable of travelling at speeds up to 120 km/h (75 mph) and for a range of up to 40 kilometres (25 miles) on electric power alone, which means zero local emissions.

The luggage compartment in the BMW 740e, BMW 740Le and BMW 740Le xDrive models has a flat surface, while its capacity of 420 litres comfortably exceeds the figures for other comparable plug-in hybrid models in the luxury sedan segment. Additional stowage space can be gained by lowering the cover in the rear portion of the luggage compartment and opening the storage compartments at the sides.


BMW 330e: BMW eDrive technology for the world’s most successful premium sedan

The new BMW 3 Series model range will also be expanded to include a variant with an electrified powertrain in 2016. And the plug-in hybrid version of the BMW 3 Series retains all the sporty essence of the most successful premium sedan in the world.

In the BMW 330e Sedan, a four-cylinder petrol unit from the BMW Group’s latest generation of engines is teamed up with a permanently excited synchronous electric motor integrated in the eight-speed Steptronic transmission. The combustion engine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology generates a maximum output of 135 kW/184 hp, the electric motor produces 65 kW/88 hp. Both drive units transmit their power via the standard eight-speed Steptronic transmission to the rear wheels. Delivering an overall system output of 185 kW/252 hp and a total torque of 420 Newton metres (310 lb-ft), the BMW 330e races to 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standing start in 6.1 seconds and goes on to reach a top speed of 225 km/h (140 mph). Combined fuel consumption, meanwhile, comes in at between 2.1 and 1.9 litres per 100 kilometres (134.5–149 mpg imp), which equates to CO2 emissions of 49–44 grams per kilometre (figures based on the EU test cycle, may vary depending on the tyre format specified).

The BMW 330e delivers the hybrid driving experience in all its glory. Accommodating the high-voltage lithium-ion battery above the rear axle allows unrestricted everyday use of the luggage compartment with no loss of versatility. All-electric driving with zero tailpipe emissions is possible for distances of up to 40 kilometres (25 miles), while the top speed that can be reached in MAX eDRIVE mode is 120 km/h (75 mph).


The BMW 225e: Electric, efficient and dynamically accomplished

The new BMW 225xe is the first plug-in hybrid model at the premium end of the compact all-rounder class to offer a generously-sized and variable-usage interior. It enables locally emission-free driving without compromising the driving pleasure you’d expect from a BMW, and combines an electric driving experience and high operating range with excellent spatial functionality and everyday practicality. The BMW 225xe also offers a higher system output and more boot capacity than comparable hybrid models from other manufacturers.

The BMW 225xe brings together BMW eDrive technology and a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology to deliver both an all-electric driving experience and unrestricted long-distance mobility. It is therefore perfectly suited for use in urban areas and for family leisure activities. Its average combined fuel consumption of 2.1–2.0 litres per 100 kilometres (134.5–141.2 mpg imp) and combined CO2 emissions of just 49–46 grams per kilometre (figures based on the EU test cycle, may vary depending on the tyre format specified) set the benchmark in its class.

Like all variants of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, the BMW 225xe also impresses with its generously-sized interior, practical details and ergonomically optimised ease of use. Since the lithium-ion battery is arranged in a space-saving position under the rear seat bench, the upper area of the boot’s capacity can be used without restriction.


BMW X5 xDrive40e: a new form of motoring supremacy

The first plug-in hybrid model from the BMW brand is a Sports Activity Vehicle. In the BMW X5 xDrive40e, intelligent all-wheel drive melds with exceptionally efficient hybrid technology to create a brand new form of motoring supremacy. The long-distance capabilities and driving dynamics expected of a large BMW X model are beautifully complemented by the ability to drive in all-electric mode virtually silently and with zero local emissions in urban traffic.

The drive system on board the BMW X5 xDrive40e comprises a 2.0-litre 180 kW/245 hp four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a permanently excited synchronous electric motor with an output of 83 kW/113 hp. The power stemming from the two drive units is routed via an eight-speed Steptronic transmission, before being directed to all four wheels by means of xDrive – permanently and always as the situation requires. The overall system output is 230 kW/313 hp with a combined peak torque of 450 Newton metres (332 lb-ft) – both engine and motor contributing to the pulling power of the BMW X5 xDrive40e. The electric drive furthermore unleashes its full torque of 250 Newton metres (184 lb-ft) from standstill. The maximum torque of the combustion engine, meanwhile, is 350 Newton metres (258 lb-ft) and is reached at just 1,250 rpm. The BMW X5 xDrive40e completes the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.8 seconds.

The BMW X5 xDrive40e is able to drive purely on electric power with zero tailpipe emissions for a maximum distance of 31 kilometres (19 miles). The maximum speed that can be attained in the MAX eDRIVE electric driving mode is 120 km/h (75 mph). The BMW X5 xDrive40e returns combined fuel consumption figures of 3.4–3.3 litres per 100 kilometres (83.1–85.6 mpg imp), CO2 emissions come in at 78–77 grams per kilometre (figures based on the EU test cycle, may vary depending on the tyre format specified).

With 500–1,720 litres of luggage space, a three-part folding rear backrest and a luxuriously designed interior, the BMW X5 xDrive40e also boasts the high versatility associated with a large Sports Activity Vehicle within an exclusive ambience. The charging cable can be stored in a compartment underneath the luggage compartment floor.


Flexible charging options for maximum efficiency: pioneering products and services from 360° ELECTRIC

Besides the signature qualities of BMW eDrive technology, the various products and services that have been grouped together under the collective name of 360° ELECTRIC are also available for the plug-in hybrid models from the BMW core brand. Intelligent connectivity makes it possible to both plan vehicle mobility and charge the high-voltage battery in accordance with requirements to optimum effect.

The lithium-ion batteries in all plug-in hybrid models from BMW can be supplied with energy from the mains supply by hooking them up to a conventional domestic power socket or – for extra fast, safe and convenient charging – a BMW i Wallbox, as well as at public charging stations. The BMW i Wallbox Pure is capable of replenishing the high-voltage battery at a charging rate of 3.5 kW (16 A/230 V). The home charging station comes in a second version, the BMW i Wallbox Pro, offering added comfort features. It comes equipped with a 7-inch colour monitor, whose user-friendly touchscreen indicates how vehicle charging is progressing as well as allowing customised settings to be made for load management and self-produced electricity. Under the umbrella of 360° ELECTRIC, customers are offered an all- encompassing service concept covering everything from the supply and installation of the charging station to maintenance, advice and other services.

There is also the ChargeNow service, comprising a ChargeNow card that grants straightforward access to partner charging stations and can also be used for convenient billing of the monthly energy costs. The hybrid-specific version of the navigation system not only aids anticipatory energy management, it also adds the locations of public charging stations to the selection of points of interest shown on the map. The BMW ConnectedDrive App also comes in a hybrid-specific version with a remote function that lets drivers retrieve information on the high-voltage battery’s state of charge even when they are away from the vehicle by using their smartphone. Efficiency evaluations for the last journey completed can also be viewed on the smartphone, along with the total distance driven purely on electric power and the amount of fuel saved by using mains electricity. The auxiliary heating and ventilation functions of the plug-in hybrid models from BMW can likewise be activated remotely with the help of the BMW ConnectedDrive App.

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