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BMW to offer plug-in hybrid for core models

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Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: BMW | posted December 02, 2014 15:22

Will display a BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype in France

The BMW Group announced that they are planning to offer plug-in hybrid versions of all its 'core-brand' models.

Similar to the Japanese automakers, BMW has also sought to develop their plug-in hybrid technology. According to Herbert Diess, Member of the Board of Management BMW AG, the company is developing the electrification of their vehicle's drivetrain.

"The fundamental technology involved in battery cells, electric motors and the power electronics will be used in our upcoming plug-in hybrid models. When it comes to the electrification of the drivetrain, we are deliberately developing a wide-ranging expertise in order to offer our customers worldwide the ideal solution," Diess said.

With this, the German automaker will present the BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype along with other hybrid vehicle concepts in Miramas, France.

The drivetrain of the BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype

BMW says the plug-in hybrid models presented in Miramas comes with a "highly efficient" internal combustion engine and an electric motor powered by an externally rechargable high-voltage battery.

The rear of the BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype

On the other hand, the BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype is equipped with a four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor. Combined, the unit can deliver 245 PS with 400 Nm of torque. It is mated to an 8-speed 'Steptronic' transmission and BMW claims it has an average fuel consumption of 50 km/l. Moreover, the vehicle has a full electric mode which has a maximum range of 35km and a top speed of 120 km/h.