Frequently asked questions on BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Discover the sustainable world of the BMW eDrive models and an entirely new dimension of driving pleasure.

Impressively dynamic and entirely free of emissions when driving purely electrically, the BMW eDrive models show just what is possible: thanks to the newly developed electric synchronous motors, the plug-in hybrid models BMW X5 xDrive40e and BMW 330e dazzle with their tremendous torque from a standing start up to maximum speed.

Just as agile but designed for electromobility from the outset are the BMW i models. Their futuristic design and the cleverly devised electric concepts make them distinctive from afar: the vehicles are shaping the future of mobility. On this page you will find all the answers to the key questions on the plug-in hybrid vehicles from BMW. You will obtain information on the BMW i models by following the link below.

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RECHARGEABLE DRIVING PLEASURE.Frequently asked questions on BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles.


In BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles the drive consists of a powerful electric motor and an efficient combustion engine that work together excellently. This becomes apparent in a similarly perfect combination of dynamism and efficiency. This is where you will find basic information on the BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles.

  • What exactly is a plug-in hybrid?
  • What basic advantages does a plug-in hybrid offer compared to a conventional vehicle?
  • What requirements and conditions have to be met for me to consider a plug-in hybrid?
  • Are the safety and driving sensation similar to conventionally powered BMW vehicles?
  • Which different driving modes are available?
  • How can you recognize a BMW plug-in hybrid vehicle?


In the BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles, the combustion engine is combined with a long-lasting lithium-ion battery – which enables the car to continue driving even with an empty fuel tank in an emergency. You can find out more about the special features of the battery here.

  • Is it possible to continue driving electrically even if the fuel tank is empty?
  • How long does the high-voltage battery last in a BMW plug-in hybrid vehicle?
  • How far is the electric range?
  • Does the high-voltage battery restrict the luggage space?
  • What should you be aware of if a BMW plug-in hybrid vehicle is parked for a lengthy period of time?


Not only a combustion engine but also a high-voltage battery needs to be “filled up”. In the case of the BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles, this is even possible at home. You will find explanations on the how, where and when of recharging here.

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  • What charging options does BMW offer for plug-in hybrid vehicles?
  • How often can and must you recharge a BMW plug-in hybrid vehicle?
  • How long does it take to charge the high-voltage battery? Is there way of charging it quickly with DC (direct current)?
  • Do you need a different charging cable when abroad?
  • Are the 360° ELECTRIC offers from BMW i also available for BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles?


Fuel consumption and CO2 emission for the BMW X5 xDrive 40e:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined):: 3.13
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 76
Power consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 15.4

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions for the BMW 330e:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 2.1 to 1.9
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 49 to 44
Power consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 11.9 to 11.0

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions for the BMW i3:
Power consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 12.9
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 0

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions for the BMW i8:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 2.1
Power consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 11.9
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 49

The figures for electricity/fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and efficiency classes are ranges depending on the set of tyres/wheels selected. Fuel consumption is determined in accordance with the ECE driving cycle, Figures show special equipment options.

Further information on the official fuel consumption, the official specific CO2 emissions and the electric energy consumption of new passenger cars can be found in the guidelines on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electric energy consumption of new passenger cars which are available free of charge at all retail outlets and from DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, Germany and at The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, electric energy consumption and efficiency class depend on the wheel and tyre sizes selected. The figures do not refer to one individual vehicle and do not constitute part of the offer, but are intended solely for purposes of comparison between the different types of vehicles. CO2 emissions generated by the production and provision of the fuels or other energy sources have not been taken into consideration in determining the CO2 emissions in accordance with Directive 1999/94/EC.

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