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The new BMW 7 Series Plug-in Hybrid

The new BMW 7 Series Plug-in Hybrid”

BMW has revealed two new plug-in hybrid vehicles created to combine sportiness, comfort and luxury with short-distance emissions-free capabilities.

BMW claims that the 745e can achieve up to 141mpg and Carbon dioxide emissions of just 48g/km - while the larger option can attain 118mpg and Emissions of 52g/km Carbon dioxide.

BMW presents a particularly contemporary and technologically advanced form of automotive luxury.

The new BMW 745e needs just 5.2 seconds to go from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph); the 745Le version takes 5.3 seconds, while the BMW 745Le xDrive needs only 5.1 seconds. Both come with a limited top speed of 155mph. The two model variants in question here are the 745e and the 745Le xDrive, the latter featuring BMW's All-Wheel Drive (AWD) setup. Their plug-in hybrid system now has a 6-cylinder in-line petrol engine and a high-voltage battery with enlarged capacity.

You can find out more details about the new plug in hybrid versions of the BMW 7 series over at BMW at the link below, the cars will be available this spring. The Hybrid mode can be engaged up to 68mph - 13mph faster than the previous version. The engine kicks-in only on speeds beyond this figure or if the system senses that the auto is carrying a heavier-than-usual load. Both will do up to 87mph in electric mode, too.

According to BMW, the electric motor of the plug-in hybrid models is integrated into the 8-speed Steptronic transmission.

The 745e has a maximum electric range of between 34-36 miles (WLTP) depending on driving conditions, while the 745Le xDrive aims to achieve an electrically powered range of 32-34 miles. The lithium-ion battery also serves to power the on-board network.

To aid weight distribution and practicality, the battery is positioned underneath the rear seats, while the 46-litre fuel tank is located above the rear axle. This makes extensive use of the coasting function to reduce fuel consumption even more.

It also receives special dials and displays to show drivers the available battery left and power used, while from summer BMW will add further connectivity to the model to alert drivers of available charging bays.

When selecting a public charging station, the sat-nav will provide a list of recommended nearby hotels, restaurants, cafés and tourist attractions, along with a charging station occupancy forecast.



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