The range and performance of a BMW TwinPower Turbo engine coupled with the efficiency of an electric motor: The new BMW 7 Series Hybrid with eDrive Technology brings together the best of both worlds.
The result is substantially lower fuel consumption with similarly reduced emissions, and a driving performance which allows the comfort and wellbeing in the new BMW 7 Series Hybrid with eDrive Technology to be experienced even more intensely.
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A BMW luxury-class sedan with minimum fuel consumption figures and full dynamic characteristics in all driving modes. Thanks to its comfort and dynamics, the new BMW 7 Series Hybrid with eDrive Technology confirms all expectations. The plug-in hybrid can travel purely on electric mode, covering up to 37km without local emissions and consuming fuel.
Even in combined mode, the CO2 emissions figure is 53g/km. The high-voltage battery is stored beneath the rear seat so that a sufficient volume of the 420 litres remains for bulky luggage. A future-orientated vehicle concept that is second to none.
The new BMW 7 Series Hybrid with eDrive Technology has various drive modes, with which the driver can exert a major influence on fuel consumption. The results depends on the choice of drive modes and on personal driving behaviours. The plug-in hybrid can travel purely on electric mode, covering up to 37km when fully charged before the BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine switches on for optimum efficiency and range.
The intelligent all-wheel drive system BMW xDrive provides optimum traction. The combination of these BMW EfficientDynamics technologies has led to an innovative vehicle with economical consumption figures which, at the same time, offers full driving dynamics and stability on all road conditions.
The innovative BMW TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder petrol engine guarantees maximum driving pleasure thanks to agile power delivery and outstanding responsiveness at low engine speeds, all while being exceptionally fuel efficient and low in emissions.
The 4-cylinder petrol engine is a superb example of modern engine production. To enhance dynamics and efficiency, BMW uses the BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with Valvetronic fully variable valve control including Double-VANOS variable camshaft control and High-Precision Injection. This allows the engine to operate with an optimal power-efficiency factor in any load range, thereby lowering fuel consumption. This engine is part of the BMW EfficientDynamics range and generates an output of 190 kW (258 hp) and torque of 400 Nm.
The liquid-cooled electric motor in the plug-in hybrid is integrated into the vehicle's transmission. It has an output of 83 kW (113 hp) and delivers maximum torque of 250 Nm. Up to 37km* can be covered in 100% electrical mode, reaching a top speed of up to 120 km/h.
Whenever the driver releases the accelerator, the electric motor acts as a generator, powered by the wheels, and converts kinetic energy into electrical energy in a process known as recuperation. An even higher recuperation rate is achieved when braking. Up to a certain brake pressure, the vehicle is slowed down by the electric motor alone, which at the same time converts even more kinetic energy into electricity. This free, recuperated energy can then be used to propel the vehicle via the electric motor or to power electrical components. This lowers fuel consumption and considerably improves the efficiency of the drive.
* These figures are preliminary values that have not yet been confirmed. They are based on 17'' and 18'' tyres with reduced rolling resistance.
* The figures for fuel consumption and CO2 are preliminary values that have not yet been confirmed. They depend on the selected tyre size.
Intelligent energy management is one of the main pillars of the BMW eDrive concept. This system coordinates the interaction of all drive components in order to combine the best possible efficiency with great driving dynamics. Intelligent energy management optimises the hybrid drive's power-efficiency factor by predictively choosing the appropriate drive. For example, available navigation data is used to identify in advance the sections of the route and driving situations that are best suited for the electric motor or for charging the high-voltage battery.
In situations in which the combustion engine would have a low power-efficiency factor, the system shifts up to a higher load range with a better power-efficiency factor. That means that the combustion engine produces additional power.
This power is used to create electricity for the battery via the electric motor, which can later be used for electric driving or efficiently supporting the combustion engine. It also controls the electric motor, so that kinetic energy is transformed into electrical energy during coasting and when braking. In combination with ECO PRO mode, intelligent energy management adapts all vehicle systems, including all auxiliary components and comfort functions, to be fuel-consumption conscious and highly efficient.
The eDrive button allows the driver to choose between three different electric drive modes. When starting the vehicle, the AUTO eDrive (hybrid) mode is active by default. The MAX eDrive mode allows a purely electric driving distance of up to 120 km/h. In the Battery Control mode, the saved electric energy is retained for later use.
When starting the vehicle, the AUTO eDrive mode, i.e the hybrid mode, is active by default, and the driver can take selective advantage of the extremely efficient purely electric drive. Depending on the cargo load and charge level of the electric battery, the vehicle uses only electric energy up to a speed of 120 km/h. A power meter display in the instrument cluster informs the driver of the electric output the vehicle is currently using and the point at which additional power demands will cause the combustion engine to switch on automatically.
In the MAX eDrive mode – the purely electric mode – the electric drive provides the maximum output. The driver can press the accelerator to its full extent without activating the combustion engine, and the vehicle can reach a top speed of 120 km/h. When greater propulsion power is required, the combustion engine can be switched on at any time via the gear lever or by pressing the accelerator to kickdown.
In Battery Control mode, the vehicle is only powered by the combustion engine whilst it is charged to a level selected by the driver. The saved electric energy is reserved for further electric driving.
Whether using conventional household socket or a BMW i Wallbox from the extensive 360° ELECTRIC range of products and services – charging the high-voltage battery could not be easier. Numerous public ChargeNow charging stations are available for energy requirements while you’re out driving.
The vehicle can be conveniently charged at home at a conventional household 230 volt power socket and has a 'full tank' after approximately four hours. The car's charging port is located behind a flap on the front left side panel. All that's needed for charging is the included cable, which can be stored safely and compactly in the rear left section of the luggage compartment. A special seal protects the charging port and plug from the elements. A special wall-mounted charging station or wallbox can be used instead of a normal power socket. This unit offers increased charging power, making the charging process much quicker. The charging status of the high-voltage battery can be read from the multicoloured LED light ring or obtained using the BMW ConnectedDrive App. Depending on various factors, for example the strength of the charge at the power source, the number of devices actively consuming electricity in the car during the charging process and the use of a Wallbox, it takes approximately 2.75 hours for an empty high-voltage battery to recharge completely. In addition, the passenger area can be pre-heated or cooled during external charging. As a large proportion of driving is powered purely by electricity, travel costs can be significantly reduced.
Always connected with your BMW: in addition to BMW Remote Services such as remote locking, hybrid-specific functions are also available via smartphone (iOS or Android). This ensures that you always have an overview of the fuel consumption and efficiency figures for your new BMW 7 Series Hybrid with eDrive Technology. BMW Services for every eventuality can be used inside the vehicle – and outside.
The My BMW Remote App for plug-in hybrids for iOS and Android displays detailed information about the vehicle's current status, such as its location, battery level and remaining range.
The charging procedure can be controlled remotely via the week-to-view timer, and the vehicle's temperature remotely adjusted in good time ready for the next journey. Destinations, points of interest and the location of charging stations can be easily sent from the application directly to the vehicle.
The My BMW Remote App for plug-in hybrids also measures the efficiency of every trip and can provide suggestions on how to drive the vehicle more efficiently and extend its range.