BMW 330e iPerformance Details Announced

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Originally published on EV Obsession.

The specs for the BMW 330e iPerformance plug-in hybrid, set for release this summer, have been revealed through a new press release — giving us a good idea of what BMW’s first plug-in 3 Series Sedan will actually be like.

The BMW 330e iPerformance plug-in hybrid (PHEV) — which will be retailing for $44,695 (this includes the destination charge) — features a combined system output of 248 horsepower and a peak torque of 310 pound-feet, allowing for an acceleration of 0–60 mph in just 5.9 seconds. The model will feature a top speed of 140 mph, and an all-electric range of just 14 miles. When in all-electric mode, the speed is apparently capped at 75 mph.

BMw 330e

The exact combustion engine and electric motor split is explained by the press release:

The combustion engine fitted in the BMW 330e iPerformance is based on the four-cylinder gasoline unit with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology that has already won the International Engine of the Year Award on two occasions. Stand-out characteristics include its sporty power delivery, output of 180 hp and peak torque of 215 lb-ft.

The electric motor, developing 87 hp with maximum peak torque of 184 lb-ft, and the power electronics are derived directly from the BMW eDrive technology featured as standard in the BMW i3 and BMW i8 models. The motor is powered by a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 7.6 kWh (gross)/5.7 kWh (net). The model-specific concept of the high-voltage battery, including its battery management system and highly efficient direct cooling system derive from BMW i.

The battery can be recharged at any domestic power socket and is mounted flat in a particularly crash-safe position underneath the load compartment. The power electronics form a single integrated system that drives the electric motor via a liquid-cooled inverter, manages the energy flow from the high-voltage battery to the on-board electrical systems and provides centralized control of hybrid-specific functions.

As stated above, the BMW 330e iPerformance is expected to hit US showrooms this summer.

Image Credit: BMW

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6 thoughts on “BMW 330e iPerformance Details Announced

  • BMW 330e hybrid that is great idea, that can make a lot of people start to use electric drive.

    > all-electric range of just 14 miles

    Unknown how many km that is, but something far to little.

    There really should be a rule that hybrids should have at least 50 km electric range so all city driving and queue driving on motorway can become electric. When all new cars can do that we are half way at the goal.

    • 14 miles makes 22 km. Round to 25 on the farcical European test, 15 km in real life. It’s a joke. Why on earth would one spend 2000$ on the home EVSE if it will save him/her 80 gallons a year at the most?

  • “The battery can be recharged at any domestic power socket”

    For 5.7 kWh, even a micro-USB would do…

    • “For 5.7 kWh, even a micro-USB would do…” LOL

  • That’s 2.5-3.5 hours charge time on a standard outlet in the USA (20A/15A respectively) and <2 hours in Europe.

    As for range, even at 300 Wh per mile (what I average in the much larger and heavier Tesla S), all-EV range should be ~20 miles not 14 as stated in the article.

    Use case: those with <10 mile commutes or 20 miles for those who have charger access at work.

    The good news for these wise/lucky folks is that the 330e solves their biggest long-term problem: short commutes are murder on internal combustion engines (due to thermal cycling) and MPG (fuel is wasted heating fluids and the engine block to operating temperature, a fact that any hybrid driver can corroborate as their first several miles' MPG is typically in the 20s)

    IMO, they should've sized the battery at a minimum of 10 kWh (a round trip commute is typically 30 miles in the USA). As it stands, they've abandoned a large share of the stateside market.

    • My prius is usually in the 30’s in the first couple of miles, but much worse than on a longer trip.

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