New plug-in hybrid concept claimed to be capable of traveling up to 19 miles on electric power alone; demonstrates future production BMW hybrid technology
21 August 2013

This is the BMW Concept X5 eDrive, a plug-in hybrid, which will make its debut at the Frankfurt motor show.

It is based around a new-generation plug-in hybrid drivetrain, which matches a ‘four-cylinder, TwinPower Turbo engine’ - believed to be a petrol unit - with a 94bhp electric motor. The electric motor is backed up by a lithium-ion battery, which is packaged under the boot floor.

BMW is claiming that the X5 eDrive can manage up to 75mph and up to 19 miles on battery power alone. It also says the concept can hit 62mph in ‘under 7 seconds”. On today’s EU economy cycle, the X5 eDrive returns 74.3mpg and ‘under 90g/km’ of CO2.

Other changes, compared to the conventional X5, include minor cosmetic tweaks, specially designed roof rails and aerodynamically optimised lightweight alloy wheels. Three driving modes are offered: intelligent hybrid, pure electric or 'Safe Battery', which maintains the current charge level.

The BMW is designed as a plug-in hybrid and is capable of being recharged from any domestic power socket, or dedicated charging points. Included in its boot is a compartment for storing the charging cable, reducing clutter and mess.

The high-voltage battery developed for the concept is mounted in a 'crash-safe' position under the boot floor; BMW says the X5's load capacity is only 'slightly reduced' as a result.

Sources say that the eDrive hybrid transmission is probably two years away from the showroom and is likely to coincide with the arrival of BMW’s all-new 5-series range, which will also get this drivetrain as an option. BMW engineers are said to be aiming for a 50g/km CO2 emissions rating by launch.

The Concept X5 eDrive is the second plug-in hybrid to feature BMW's electrified powertrain technology, eDrive, the first being the BMW Concept Active Tourer.

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22 August 2013

Do people want plug in hybrids? The Batteries will make them expensive., complex, and they are unlikely to drive as well as the cars made 10 years earlier (which has hydraulic power steering, 6 or even 8 cylinder petrol engines, and the option of a manual box) and didnt cost any more in real terms.

I know this is what the likes of BMW have to make to get their average CO2 down to levels the EU think will save the planet, its just a real shame the cars we will get in the future are going to be like this. 

22 August 2013

It's all well and good these eurocrats pushing for lower emissions, but it rather defeats the object if thousands of tons of emissions have to be ejected into the atmosphere in somewhere like China just to manufacture the millions of batteries that will be required.

Then there's the CO2 produced when you charge it up overnight.

And then there's the waste that'll need to go somewhere when the batts eventually become nothing more than paperweights.

 

22 August 2013

Cobnapint wrote:

It's all well and good these eurocrats pushing for lower emissions, but it rather defeats the object if thousands of tons of emissions have to be ejected into the atmosphere in somewhere like China just to manufacture the millions of batteries that will be required.

Then there's the CO2 produced when you charge it up overnight.

And then there's the waste that'll need to go somewhere when the batts eventually become nothing more than paperweights.

 

 

You have to think like a socialist Eurocrat....then it all makes sense. Common sense is the enemy of socialism and a utopian polution free world.

22 August 2013

nick644uk66 wrote:

Cobnapint wrote:

It's all well and good these eurocrats pushing for lower emissions, but it rather defeats the object if thousands of tons of emissions have to be ejected into the atmosphere in somewhere like China just to manufacture the millions of batteries that will be required.

Then there's the CO2 produced when you charge it up overnight.

And then there's the waste that'll need to go somewhere when the batts eventually become nothing more than paperweights.

 

 

You have to think like a socialist Eurocrat....then it all makes sense. Common sense is the enemy of socialism and a utopian polution free world.

Ah, sorry, I wasn't thinking....

And in reply to somebody's claim that Autocar like to gush about JLR products, you ought to have seen their first piece on the RR Hybrid that was initially posted overnight but hastily re-written - I at first wondered if it was a cut and pasted from an actual JLR promo pack...!

22 August 2013

Makes the "new" Range Rover Hybrid, with its awesome ONE mile battery range, look rather old tech ...

22 August 2013

Suzuki QT wrote:

Makes the "new" Range Rover Hybrid, with its awesome ONE mile battery range, look rather old tech ...

Can't believe how excited autocar will be about this car, given the gushing praise they gave the RR with its 40-odd mpg and 1 mile EV range. Oh wait a minute, it's not a JLR product, so they won't.

22 August 2013

TeutonicDiesel wrote:

Suzuki QT wrote:

Makes the "new" Range Rover Hybrid, with its awesome ONE mile battery range, look rather old tech ...

Can't believe how excited autocar will be about this car, given the gushing praise they gave the RR with its 40-odd mpg and 1 mile EV range. Oh wait a minute, it's not a JLR product, so they won't.

The Merc S-calss Hybrid returned same if not even better performance figures than BMW's Big large engine Hybrid version.... the RR hybrid really was one on LR's under achievements considering some of  their recent tech and products have actually be quiet impressive.

22 August 2013

....the choice for the well-heeled has rarely been richer yet not one of these solutions - if indeed they can be so described (I'm not convinced) - offers anything to the ordinary punter. Autocar is in danger of filling its pages with the sort of stuff which, in the main, is unattainable.

22 August 2013

Yep that is what the useless Eu does the same with charging for climate levy on electricity and then they have the odacity to move office each month from Strasburg to Brussels which must waste a load of co2 and time and money

Down with the EU it is a waste of space.

22 August 2013

Looks simular to a Range Rover,no interior shots either,so i guess more of the same with a few updates to keep up with the sector leader,but, i guess the BMW/SUV faithful will still by it.

Peter Cavellini.

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