Hybrid means more than one power source. Most manufacturers use the term plug-in hybrid, referring to the fact that these vehicles have to be plugged in to an electrical source to charge their batteries. The BMW term for these vehicles is iPerformance.
There are BMW iPerformance models in the following ranges: BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, BMW 3 Series Saloon, BMW X5, BMW 7 Series and BMW i8. A BMW 5 Series iPerformance model will be available in the spring.
Everyone benefits from BMW iPerformance vehicles in that they have lower CO2 emission levels, and none at all at the point of use when under pure battery power. Whoever pays for the fuelling of the vehicle will benefit from less frequent visits to the filling station.
All BMW iPerformance vehicles are safe, with a mixture of physical and technological safety features. These vary from model to model, but include BMW Emergency Call, tyre pressure monitoring, ISOFIX child seating compatibility and rear park distance control.
The combustion engine runs on petrol, while the electric motor is powered by the batteries. These are charged by either a household electrical socket, a dedicated BMW i Wallbox, or a public charging station.
Any household socket can be used to charge an iPerformance model, as can a dedicated i Wallbox or one of more than 4,000 public ChargeNow charging stations. Click the link below for more details on the ChargeNow network.