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Discover the sustainable world of the BMW eDrive models and an entirely new dimension of driving pleasure.
Impressively dynamic and entirely free of emissions when driving purely electrically, the BMW eDrive models show just what is possible: thanks to the newly developed electric synchronous motors, the plug-in hybrid models BMW X5 xDrive40e, BMW 330e and BMW 225xe dazzle with their tremendous torque from a standing start up to maximum speed.
Just as agile but designed for electromobility from the outset are the BMW i models. Their futuristic design and the cleverly devised electric concepts make them distinctive from afar: the vehicles are shaping the future of mobility. On this page you will find all the answers to the key questions on the plug-in hybrid vehicles from BMW. You will obtain information on the BMW i models by following the link below.

General information and design.

In BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles the drive consists of a powerful electric motor and an efficient combustion engine that work together excellently. This becomes apparent in a similarly perfect combination of dynamism and efficiency. This is where you will find basic information on the BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles.

What exactly is a plug-in hybrid?

What basic advantages does a plug-in hybrid offer compared to a conventional vehicle?

What requirements and conditions have to be met for me to consider a plug-in hybrid?

Are the safety and driving sensation similar to conventionally powered BMW vehicles?

Which different driving modes are available?

How can you recognize a BMW plug-in hybrid vehicle?



In the BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles, the combustion engine is combined with a long-lasting lithium-ion battery – which enables the car to continue driving even with an empty fuel tank in an emergency. You can find out more about the special features of the battery here.

Is it possible to continue driving electrically even if the fuel tank is empty?

How long does the high-voltage battery last in a BMW plug-in hybrid vehicle?

How far is the electric range?

Does the high-voltage battery restrict the luggage space?

What should you be aware of if a BMW plug-in hybrid vehicle is parked for a lengthy period of time?


Not only a combustion engine but also a high-voltage battery needs to be “filled up”. In the case of the BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles, this is even possible at home. You will find explanations on the how, where and when of recharging here.

What charging options does BMW offer for plug-in hybrid vehicles?

How often can and must you recharge a BMW plug-in hybrid vehicle?

How long does it take to charge the high-voltage battery? Is there way of charging it quickly with DC (direct current)?

Do you need a different charging cable when abroad?

How much do the BMW charging stations for home use cost?


Thanks to the innovative eDrive services, the BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles always have a high degree of connectivity. The numerous eDrive services include the BMW ConnectedDrive App, which offers you features such as important information on the charge level of your vehicle.

What form does the BMW ConnectedDrive offer for BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles take?

Which smartphone operating systems are supported?

Can I also control the above functions via the Internet?


Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emission for the BMW X5 xDrive 40e:
Fuel consumption in mpg (combined): 83.1 to 85.6 
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 78 to 77
Power consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 15.4 to 15.3 
Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions for the BMW 330e:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 2.1 to 1.9
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 49 to 44 
Fuel consumption and CO2 emission for the BMW 225xe:
Fuel consumption in mpg (combined): 141.2 to 134.5 
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 49 to 46
Power consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 11.9 to 11.8 
Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions for the BMW i3:
Power consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 12.9
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 0 
Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions for the BMW i8:
Fuel consumption in mpg (combined): 134.5
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 49 
All of the content has been put together with the greatest possible care. Despite this, BMW (UK) Ltd cannot be held liable for the information and prices contained being free of errors, correct, and accurate. No guarantee can be provided nor liability accepted. 
The fuel consumption given in miles per gallon and the CO2 emission given in grams per kilometre represent the combined values. In line with new European standards, the range shown displays the fuel consumption and CO2 values from the smallest to largest wheel size available on the selected model.
Where there is a reference to CO2 emissions (g/km) upper band this is based on the combined cycle and refers to the highest CO2 value on the largest wheel size available on the selected model in line with new European standards. 
These figures are for the basic model with the transmission offered in the basic version. They are determined using the prescribed measuring methods (Directive 80 / 1268 / EEC in its current version). They do not relate to any one particular vehicle, nor are they part of any offer made, rather they are solely for the purpose of comparing different kinds of vehicle. 
Further information about the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions for new passenger cars can be obtained from the ‘The Passenger Car (Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emissions Information) Regulations’ (see
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