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ELECTRIFIED VEHICLES.

To blaze new trails you must dare to think differently.

Unlock the potential of electric driving and discover a whole new world of adventure. From driving range to charging at home, find out how BMW continues to pioneer the world of mobility.

 

HYBRID VS. ELECTRIC.

Before deciding which car is right for you, discover what the differences are between hybrid and electric cars.

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HYBRID CARS.

A plug-in hybrid car uses two power sources: a battery-powered motor to assist a petrol or diesel engine, and in some cases completely power the vehicle.
 

  • Compared to traditional cars, running costs are lower
  • With two power sources, driving range is never a concern
  • Depending on usage, CO2 emissions are reduced
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ELECTRIC CARS.

Instead of a traditional combustion engine, the car is powered solely by an electric motor, which is battery-powered.
 

  • Electricity is significantly cheaper than petrol and diesel
  • Electric motors produce zero driving CO2 emissions
  • With less weight, electric cars are more energy-efficient than traditional cars

GOING THE DISTANCE.

The big question around electric driving is often to do with range. How far can electric vehicles go? However, it’s important to put this answer into context and understand what it means with respect to the average daily trips.

HOW FAR DO WE DRIVE IN OUR CARS?

8,000

miles

per year

154

miles

per week

22

miles

per day

7

miles

per journey

The average car journey in the UK is only 7 miles*, while the average mileage per year for UK drivers is approximately 8,000 miles*. This works out to be fewer than 22 miles per day.

HOW FAR CAN ONE FULLY CHARGED ALL-ELECTRIC BMW i3 GO?

London to Brighton, and back again. The BMW i3 120Ah can go 160 miles on one full charge. The BMW i8 Roadster and BMW i8 Coupé, which are plugin hybrids, can go 33 miles and 34 miles respectively on one full charge before switching to an engine power source.

HOW MANY CHARGING STATIONS ARE THERE IN THE UK?

There are over 5,000 public charging stations and counting.

CHARGING YOUR ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE.

 

The growing network features both AC (alternating current) and DC (direct current) charging stations:

  • AC Fast stations and AC Rapid stations, both use alternating current electricity.
  • Rapid Charging, which uses direct current electricity.

 

CHARGING FROM THE COMFORT OF HOME.

BMW i vehicles can be charged via the BMW i Wallbox Plus or BMW i Wallbox Connect, which can be installed at your home. These are up to 70% faster than standard power cables. 

 

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INNOVATIVE CHARGING SOLUTIONS.

To support drivers who embrace electrified vehicles, BMW has created ELECTRIC 360°. This is a vast range of products and services to facilitate i-mobility, from public and home charging stations to general travel assistance.

WHY IS ELECTRIC THE RIGHT CHOICE?

Beyond the conservational and ecological benefits associated with electrified vehicles, there are also many financial reasons to embrace this emerging trend, tax breaks being one of these reasons. 

 

BENEFITS***:
 

  • No fuel duty is incurred on electricity used for recharging.  
  • Zero emission vehicles valued under £40,000 are exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty (VED).
  • Lower VAT (5%) is applied to the electricity used in recharging. 

CURIOUS TO KNOW MORE?

If you are interested in the world of electric cars and beyond, visit our BMW i Article Hub and discover the latest news and in-depth reads on where the industry is heading.  

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* According to the UK Department for Transport (7 April 2016). Read more.

** According to the UK Government National Travel Survey: 2016. Read more.

*** According to the UK Office for Low Emission Vehicles. Read more.