What is a hybrid?
The BMW Plug-in Hybrid range, also known as iPerformance, takes the best of BMW’s combustion engines, using renowned EfficientDynamics, and marries it to modern battery technology and an electric motor. The result is a BMW with two power sources, but more so, it’s a totally responsive drive, with zero emissions at the point of use.
A hybrid vehicle is any car that is driven by two power sources. In the case of BMW iPerformance models, this is achieved by the use of a small electric engine working in tandem with a petrol engine.
The advantage to hybrid cars over conventional cars is that the same level of performance is delivered with lower running costs and reduced emissions. At the same time, hybrid cars offer the same excellent range and convenience of a model with a traditional engine.
Hybrid battery life.
When it comes to range, BMW’s lithium-ion batteries vary depending on the nature and driving style of the driver. However, with BMW EfficientDynamics and different driving modes, such as eDrive, you’ll always get the optimum combination of responsiveness and fuel consumption.
On short trips, the BMW iPerformance models are powered completely by their electric engines; on longer trips, above 30 miles, fuel consumption varies depending on model type and total distance travelled.
Why consider an electric car?
BMW is dedicated to leading a new generation of mobility and exploring what the future holds for the ultimate driving machine.
A BMW i3 is more than just the green option; it’s an investment in the future. It has a 3-year warranty covering the car and an 8-year unlimited mileage warranty on the battery. Plus, electric cars have a lower per mile running cost than traditional petrol engines and they’re exempt from vehicle tax as well as the London congestion charge. And, with fewer parts to replace than a traditional engine, service intervals are few and far between.
Electric car batteries and charging.
The new BMW i3 and BMW i3s have an enhanced 120Ah battery, which provides an incredible all-electric range of up to 160 miles. This makes it just as practical as its petrol engine equivalent. And to ensure that recharging is as convenient as possible, BMW has rolled out the ChargeNow service with 6,100+ public charging stations. And for the home, there is the BMW i Wallbox.
The MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid
The MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid is powered by both a combustion engine and electric motor.
There are no limits when it comes to the MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid as 6.8 seconds to hit 62 mph proves.
The MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid drives up to 26 miles in electric mode without any local CO2 emissions. The switch between eDrive and petrol drive is smooth and fully automated with no interruptions.
Don't just take our word for it, read the reviews below;
MINI COUNTRYMAN PLUG-IN HYBRID REVIEW 2018.
“The MINI Countryman plug-in hybrid is not only cheap to run – particularly for business drivers – it’s desirable and good to drive, too.”
MINI COUNTRYMAN PHEV (9/10).
“The MINI Countryman’s fun handling, stylish design and roomier interior mean the SUV has never been more appealing for user choosers – both on paper and out on the road”
> BusinessCar.co.uk, June 2017
In 2019, a new fully electric MINI will be added to the 3-door Hatch range. This will extend the MINI offering, which currently includes petrol and diesel internal combustion engines and our Countryman plug-in hybrid model.