The newest generation of the BMW ActiveHybrid models takes intelligent energy management one step further: even more efficiency, even less consumption. And all this without compromising on the power and dynamics of a BMW TwinPower Turbo engine.
The hybrid components in the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 and BMW ActiveHybrid 3 complement each other perfectly: the powerful BMW TwinPower Turbo straight six-cylinder petrol engine has even more efficient power development thanks to BMW EfficientDynamics. The 40 kW electric motor supplies enough power to drive even long distances on electricity alone. The kinetic energy generated is saved by the lithium-ion high-performance battery which also supplies power to the electric engine, as needed.
The components are controlled by an intelligent energy management system that only releases the available energy when it's really needed. The electric boost function comes into effect when overtaking or when more thrust is required and gives the combustion engine a short boost of extra power. Another benefit of this concept lies in the insightful energy management. Data from the navigation system on the distance and type of surface as well as the current position of the vehicle is used for this purpose. The energy management system then selects the most efficient driving mode. The high-performance battery in the vehicle is recharged when it approaches a previously-defined Homezone, so the car can run solely on electricity from then onwards.
In ECO PRO Mode the vehicle runs solely on electricity as far as this is possible – for example, in urban traffic, but also over long distances. Coasting (soundless gliding with the combustion engine turned off) at up to 160 km/h ensures a completely new driving experience. The 8-speed automatic transmission Steptronic, the Hybrid Start Stop Function and countless other BMW EfficientDynamics measures complement the experience by increasing efficiency and noticeably decreasing consumption.
The BMW ActiveHybrid 7 is another impressive example of how the combination of electric motor and a combustion engine are absolutely compatible and don't require any compromise on comfort. It's more efficient than a BMW 7 Series vehicle without Hybrid technology, but more powerful than all other Hybrid concepts in its class.