2017 BMW 740e turns BMW’s flagship sedan into a plug-in hybrid

August 8, 2016 by  
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With the recent introductions of the 3 Series and X5 plug-in hybrids, it was only a matter of time until BMW’s flagship sedan debuted with its own electrified powertrain. BMW has unveiled the 740e plug-in hybrid, which will be offered in three versions when it goes on sale later this year. With up to 30 miles of fully-electric driving range, the 740e plug-in hybrid may not be able to take on the Tesla Model S, but it represents a move in the right direction. When the 740e goes on sale, BMW is going to offer the large flagship sedan in three versions: BMW 740e iPerformance, long-wheelbase BMW 740Le iPerformance and BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance. All three versions are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is mated to an electric motor to generate a total 326 horsepower and 369 lb-ft. of torque. The hybrid powertrain sends its power via an 8-speed automatic to either the rear or all four wheels. Depending on which model you choose, the 740e plug-in hybrid can travel between 25-30 miles in electric mode and it will take less than four hours to recharge from a domestic power socket and in under three hours from a BMW i Wallbox. Related: The 2017 BMW i3 gets an upgraded battery for 50% more driving range Just like BMW’s other electrified models, the 740e will offer different driving modes to suit the driver and improve the 740e’s efficiency. An eDrive button will allow the driver to choose between the Auto and Max drive settings. The Auto setting is the default setting that seeks to maximize range the 704e’s electric driving range by powering up the gasoline engine at 50 mph or if the driver floors it. With the Max setting, the 740e defaults to electric-only mode and can stay in this mode up to 87 mph. In the Max setting, the engine will still power up under spirited driving. There are other modes to control power usage: Adaptive, Comfort, Sport, and EcoPro. A Battery Control function allows the driver to force the 740e’s powertrain to maintain the battery charge anywhere between 30 and 100 percent that way electric power can be reserved. BMW hasn’t released all the pricing details for the 740e, but it’s expected to start around $90k, when it arrives in U.S. showrooms in the next month or two. + BMW All images @ BMW

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2016 BMW 330e plug-in hybrid can travel up to 22 miles in EV mode

January 11, 2016 by  
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Just like Audi and Volvo, BMW intends to electrify most of its mainstream models. Buyers can already purchase the X5 plug-in hybrid, and starting this spring, BMW plans to introduce a 3-Series plug-in hybrid called the 330e. The 330e will ease buyers into the electric lifestyle with a 22-mile electric-only driving range, while an efficient four-cylinder will keep them going for a total driving range of 373 miles. Read the rest of 2016 BMW 330e plug-in hybrid can travel up to 22 miles in EV mode

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AntiRoom II is a circular wooden meditation space floating off the coast of Malta

January 11, 2016 by  
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Audi reveals the 373-mile range h-tron quattro hydrogen SUV

January 11, 2016 by  
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BMW X5 eDrive40e plug-in hybrid SUV debuts with 19-mile EV range

March 18, 2015 by  
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Hybrid technology has advanced a lot in the last few years and now the technology is now ready to be applied to much larger vehicles, like SUVs. BMW just unveiled the X5 eDrive40e, which is the first plug-in hybrid from the BMW core brand (which doesn’t include the BMW i models). Based on the standard X5, the X5 eDrive40e can travel up to 19 miles in fully electric mode and is rated at 71 mpg. Read the rest of BMW X5 eDrive40e plug-in hybrid SUV debuts with 19-mile EV range Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BMW , BMW plug-in hybrid , BMW X5 , BMW X5 eDrive40e , electric motor , electric SUV , green car , green SUV , green transportation , hybrid SUV , plug-in hybrid , plug-in hybrid suv , X5 eDrive40e

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BMW’s i8 Plug-in Hybrid Will be the First Production Car to Use Scratch-Resistant Gorilla Glass

August 8, 2013 by  
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BMW is going to unveil the i8 plug-in hybrid sports car at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, but in the meantime the automaker has released the first batch of specs for the i8 , the flagship of its new i sub-brand. In addition to featuring a plug-in hybrid powertrain wrapped in a sexy sports car body, the i8 will be the first production vehicle to be equipped with Gorilla’s chemically hardened glass, which is scratch-resistant and lighter than conventional glass. Read the rest of BMW’s i8 Plug-in Hybrid Will be the First Production Car to Use Scratch-Resistant Gorilla Glass Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BMW , BMW electric vehicle , bmw hybrid , BMW i , bmw i8 , BMW plug-in hybrid , electric motor , gorilla glass , green car , green transportation , plug-in hybrid        

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