BMW has taken the wraps off of their latest hybrid system, the BMW Power eDrive, and the company recently demoed this new plug in hybrid system in a 5 series GT prototype.
This new BMW Power eDrive comes with over 670 HP and over 750 lb ft of torque, it comes with a 2.0 litre turbo charges four cylinder petrol engine that pumps out 228 HP.
It also has two electric motors, which are modified versions of their i3 motors, on the front there is an electric motor which has 201 HP, on the back there is another electric motor which has 268 HP, according to BMW this gives this new system more than 670 HP.
“The electric motors provide approximately two-thirds of the combined output, with the combustion engine accounting for the remaining third,” said Franz Drescher-Kaden, BMW concept engineer for the new petrol-electric hybrid set-up.
The new vehicle comes with a 20kWh lithium ion battery, and it features a smaller fuel tank of just 30 litres as opposed to a standard 70 litre tank.
The prototype comes with a total range of around 370 miles, and it is capable of around 62 miles on the electric engine on its own, this is due to a range extender function.
The new BMW Power eDrive can be charged via the combustion engine in a steady state mode and also via the mains power with the plug in system.
The vehicle showcased comes with 670 HP, although BMW has said that the system can be scaled to other models which will feature power outputs of between 250 HP and 650 HP.
The company plans to offer this new BMW Power eDrive in a range of vehicles which may include the 7 series, the X5, the X6 and possibly the X7.
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