BMW 225xe and BMW 330e are the newest plug-in hybrid models of the German manufacturer.
After i8, the i3, X5 40e, and 740e, the Germans from BMW continued to electrify their models’ range, by launching, in 2015 at Frankfurt Motor Show, the Plug-in Hybrid variants: BMW 225xe for Active Tourer Series 2 and BMW 330e for Series 3.
In Germany, prices start at 37,800€, meaning $42,050, at current rates.
The BMW’s 225xe propelling means consists of a 1.5-liter gas engine that actuates the front wheels (via a six-speed automatic transmission) and an electric motor positioned on the rear axle, which drives the rear wheels, meaning that, practically, it has an electrified four-wheel drive. The internal combustion engine develops 136 hp and the electric one produces the equivalent of 88 hp, the total system’s power being of 224 hp, and the torque of 385 Nm.
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With these power values, the Germans say that the compact van can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 202 km/h in the hybrid module, while the 100% electric module is limiting the maximum speed to 125 km/h.
The lithium-ion battery of 7.7 kWh provides a maximum autonomy of 41 km when it’s running 100% in the electric module ( with the heat engine switched off ) and can be fully charged from zero in just three hours and 15 minutes from a regular household outlet or in two hours and 15 minutes via the BMW’s Wallbox system. The battery is also charging while driving, the electric engine acting also as a generator during decelerations or on downhills.
In the mixed driving module, the average fuel consumption is between 2.0 to 2.1 l/100 km, according to figures provided by the Germans, but only for the first 100 km and only if the battery was full from the beginning.
The other electrified model from the Frankfurt Motor Show 2015 is called BMW 330E and is a plug-in hybrid variant of the well known Sedan Series 3.
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Unlike the MPV of the BMW 225xe, the new 330e has a 2.0-liter gas engine that develops 184 hp and 214 Nm, and the 65 kW electric engine (88 hp) is placed before the eight-speed automatic transmission so that the change gear’s reports are used by both the heat engine and the electric engine, while the rear wheels provide traction regardless of the propulsion type.
The total system’s power is 252 hp, the start from zero to 100 km/h requires 6.1 seconds and the top speed is 225 km/h in the hybrid module, while fuel consumption is 1,9 to 2.1 l/100 km.
The 7.6 kWh battery provides a maximum autonomy of 40 km in 100% electric module and can be charged in about three hours and 15 minutes from a household outlet or two hours and 15 minutes at a BMW Wallbox. The maximum speed is limited to 120 km/h in the electric module.
Luggage capacity decreased from 480 liters to 370 liters in the case of BMW 330e, because the battery is integrated into the floor, but according to German officials, the weight distribution on the two decks ( front/rear ) is 50/50, which should help, quite a lot, when you want to drive in the sport module. The 2016 BMW 330e has a price that starts from $44,695 In U.S.