BMW has announced that the new plug in hybrid 330e iPerformance will be ready in summer 2019. It's all electric range is expected to increase by a third, providing up to 37 miles in pure EV. Here's a quick look at the updated specs
- up to 60 km (37 miles) in all-electric range
- EPA range estimation: 19 miles (30 km) – a third more than current EPA at 14 miles (22.5 km) on 7.6 kWh battery
- system output to be 185 kW (215 kW in a XtraBoost mode)
- eight-speed Steptronic transmission
- 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.0 seconds
Considering the success that BMW's PHEV's have already seen, this should really help to drive home the practicality that they offer. Depending on your commute you could very well get to work or home without using any petrol.
I believe this all electric range is only second to that of the Chevy Volt, which sits at 53. In terms of premium offerings, this is more than whats offered by both the Panamera Hybrid and the A3 Sportback e-tron.
Most hybrid owners never charge up at designated stations. With the 330e you can just use the gas engine to charge the battery up to 50%. Regardless if you're utilizing its full electric range on a daily basis, you could easily log around 5k miles a year on electricity alone.
The main reason for buying into a hybrid is that it doesn't involve all the nuances of driving an electric such as range anxiety and locating charging stations. The whole reason why we've seen models like the Volt see so much success is because the gas engine actually serves as a generator.
I would think that most people go for a hybrid over a pure EV because its also substantially cheaper. Maybe in the next few years we will see this change, but there isn't a fully electric model that you can currently buy into for less than $35k (without rebates).