Good for the environment.
The lower CO2 emissions that typify BMW iPerformance models are undoubtedly better for the environment when compared to an equivalent conventionally powered vehicle. And for local journeys using only battery power, there are no emissions at the point of use. If you can use green energy from your energy provider, or a domestic source such as a solar array, then you’re enjoying totally zero emissions motoring.
BMW iPerformance models feature BMW EfficientDynamics technology to make them as fuel efficient as possible. All provide better fuel efficiency than their conventionally-engined counterparts.
Running on electricity gives a cost per mile of approximately 2.6p, much less than traditionally powered vehicles. See the link 'bmw i3 running costs' for how we work this out.
Up front cost vs savings.
The point at which the savings equal the cost of the PHEV depends on the cost of fuel. This is a variable that moves both up and down, with a resulting impact on the payback time.
Driving under battery power is conducted in near silence. The extra weight of the batteries and electric motor can make plug-in hybrid vehicles less nimble than their conventionally-engined counterparts. However, BMW iPerformance models bring BMW’s trademark dynamic handling to the plug-in hybrid sector.
Long distance driving.
If you are regularly commuting beyond the battery range of the vehicle, the economic benefits may not be as great as anticipated.